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Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
Infrastructure
Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
2021-08-02 14:22:22
by TWN Staff

Senators on Sunday night finalized the text of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, creating a sweeping 2,702-page document that could be voted on in the chamber by the end of the week. “We want to be done by Thursday,” Sen. Joe... Read More

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
Political News
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
2021-07-29 14:32:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday evening voted to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation, despite the lack of actual bill text to consider and a looming battle in the House over the measure. By a 67-32 vote, the Senate moved... Read More

Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
2021-07-28 16:29:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating for weeks on an infrastructure bill since forging an alliance with the White House say they’ve reached a deal on the “major issues” and can now move forward. “I... Read More

Infrastructure Talks Leave Biden's Entire Agenda at Risk
U.S. Senate
Infrastructure Talks Leave Biden's Entire Agenda at Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects.... Read More

Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before... Read More

House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
Congress
House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
2021-07-21 20:42:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to permanently close the nation’s digital divide by targeting federal investments in broadband to the hardest to reach areas, while also providing a permanent, federally-funded broadband benefit program to financially vulnerable... Read More

Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster
Political News
Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal  senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as they struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were... Read More

Threats of Cyberattack Loom as Space Assets Not ‘Critical Infrastructure’
Think Tanks
Threats of Cyberattack Loom as Space Assets Not ‘Critical Infrastructure’
2021-07-19 21:00:12
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Despite our reliance on space technology for things like communication, transportation, food, and health care — not to mention national security — our national space assets aren’t officially designated as critical infrastructure. Humanity is already dependent on space,... Read More

Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision
Infrastructure
Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to strengthen IRS enforcement to crack down on tax scofflaws and help fund a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill is officially off the table, Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Sunday. Portman, who is... Read More

Carnegie Endowment Explores Window for Infrastructure Investments In Africa
International
Carnegie Endowment Explores Window for Infrastructure Investments In Africa
2021-07-16 20:12:08
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The recovery period for COVID-19 has raised a limited window for western countries to try to go after areas that need investment in Africa, according to a scholar at a D.C.-based think tank event this week. The virus... Read More

Top Senate Dem Sets Infrastructure Vote, Pressures Lawmakers
Infrastructure
Top Senate Dem Sets Infrastructure Vote, Pressures Lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats' desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda. Schumer, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets
2021-07-08 17:15:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nine in 10 registered voters want federal infrastructure plans to be paid for with offsets, including clearly identified spending cuts or revenue raisers, a new Peterson Foundation poll found. And the result holds true for 86% of Democrats,... Read More

In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage
Congress
In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crucial moment for Democrats, party leaders are hunting for a sweet spot that would satisfy their rival moderate and progressive wings on legislation to finance President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda of bolstering the economy and... Read More

With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship
U.S. Senate
With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than for her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: She spends time on the Republican side of the aisle.  Not only... Read More

Biden Taking Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal on the Road
Infrastructure
Biden Taking Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal on the Road

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will look to sell voters on the economic benefits of the $973 billion infrastructure package while in Wisconsin on Tuesday, hoping to boost the bipartisan agreement that is held together in large part by... Read More

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Back on Track After Walk-Back
Infrastructure
Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Back on Track After Walk-Back

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to invest nearly $1 trillion in the nation's infrastructure appeared to be back on track Sunday after a stark walk-back by President Joe Biden to his earlier insistence that the bill be coupled with... Read More

Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
Technology
Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
2021-06-25 20:50:08
by Victoria Turner

A day after the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement on a major infrastructure proposal, three federal agencies began laying the groundwork for distributing the $65 billion that is expected to be in the... Read More

Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship
Infrastructure
Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship

NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, as the partisan battle lines hardened on Capitol Hill over President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, his calls for bipartisanship seemed increasingly out of step. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his goal was... Read More

Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
Infrastructure
Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
2021-06-24 23:24:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he’s struck an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators that will provide about $579 billion in new investments in broadband internet, roads, bridges and the electric grid. The deal’s overall... Read More

Senators Push $953B Infrastructure Plan, Raise Hope for Deal
Infrastructure
Senators Push $953B Infrastructure Plan, Raise Hope for Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is seeking President Joe Biden's support for a $953 billion infrastructure plan, raising hopes for a breakthrough agreement after arduous negotiations on his top legislative priority. Biden has invited members of the... Read More

Cabinet Sells Biden's Ambitious Agenda Across US
Political News
Cabinet Sells Biden's Ambitious Agenda Across US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marty Walsh remembers what it was like when a Cabinet secretary would come to town. "It really is a big deal. They give you the dates, and you just clear your schedule," said Walsh, a former mayor... Read More

Senators Eye $579B in New Infrastructure Spending, $1T Plan
Political News
Senators Eye $579B in New Infrastructure Spending, $1T Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal  with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden's top priority, according to those briefed on... Read More

Problem Solvers Unveil Plan to Break Infrastructure Logjam
Congress
Problem Solvers Unveil Plan to Break Infrastructure Logjam
2021-06-09 20:00:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus released a new, $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal Wednesday, aiming to break the partisan gridlock that has so far stymied any kind of deal between the White House and Capitol Hill. The plan put forward... Read More

White House Pulls Plug on Capito Infrastructure Talks
Infrastructure
White House Pulls Plug on Capito Infrastructure Talks
2021-06-09 14:11:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden walked away from negotiations over an infrastructure bill with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W. Va., and now hopes to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of... Read More

Blue Dogs Push to Ensure Rural Broadband Funds Go Where They Are Most Needed
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Push to Ensure Rural Broadband Funds Go Where They Are Most Needed
2021-06-03 13:23:25
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn on Wednesday, calling for the funds to expand broadband in the pending infrastructure legislation to... Read More

GOP Senators Ready $1T Infrastructure Counteroffer to Biden
Infrastructure
GOP Senators Ready $1T Infrastructure Counteroffer to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revived negotiations over President Joe Biden's sweeping investment plan, preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would be funded with COVID-19 relief money as a counteroffer to the White House ahead of a Memorial Day... Read More

White House Trims Infrastructure Proposal In $1.7 Trillion Counter Offer to Republicans
Infrastructure
White House Trims Infrastructure Proposal In $1.7 Trillion Counter Offer to Republicans
2021-05-21 19:22:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - White House officials trying to strike a bipartisan deal on the President Biden's massive infrastructure plan made a counteroffer on Friday to Republican senators that trimmed the cost of the package by about $600 billion. The latest offer... Read More

New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities
Congress
New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities
2021-05-21 17:06:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition laid out their infrastructure priorities this week, declaring themselves “very focused on getting things done and figuring out a path to get to yes,” in the words of their chair, Rep. Suzan DelBene, of... Read More

CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
Regulation
CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
2021-05-19 14:30:02
by TWN Staff

If the White House and Democrats in Congress truly want to achieve President Joe Biden's economic goals, they should not overlook the need to modernize and improve the nation's cumbersome regulatory system, according to a new report from The Business... Read More

Biden to Push His Big Infrastructure Plan in GOP Stronghold
Infrastructure
Biden to Push His Big Infrastructure Plan in GOP Stronghold

President Joe Biden will push the case for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in the reliably Republican state of Louisiana — directly challenging GOP lawmakers who say that low taxes for corporations and the wealthy will fuel economic growth. Biden... Read More

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