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State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption
International
State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption
2021-10-05 19:38:57
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing the risk of corruption in infrastructure investment by bolstering the ability of stakeholders to implement anti-corruption systems across economies.  The... Read More

'Everybody is Frustrated,' Biden Says as His Agenda Stalls
Political News
'Everybody is Frustrated,' Biden Says as His Agenda Stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday acknowledged frustrations as Democrats strain to rescue a scaled-back version  of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related public works bill after frantic negotiations failed to produce a deal.  "Everybody... Read More

Progressive Resistance Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Progressive Resistance Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill
2021-10-01 15:13:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- You can almost hear it all across Capitol Hill: “It’s likely to be a long, long day.” On Thursday night, finding themselves short of votes and with the continued resistance of the progressive wing of the party on... Read More

Ribbon Cut on District’s Biggest Modern Infrastructure Project
Infrastructure
Ribbon Cut on District’s Biggest Modern Infrastructure Project
2021-09-07 16:44:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the dignitaries who joined descendants of civil rights icon Frederick Douglass for the opening of the new bridge named in... Read More

What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will Deliver for Idaho
In The States
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will Deliver for Idaho
2021-08-30 19:55:58
by Reece Nations

BOISE, Idaho — As the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act still awaits final approval, its much-needed benefits at the state-level are coming to light. For Idahoans, the bill’s passage entails investments in roads and bridges, water lines and pipes,... Read More

House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
Political News
House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
2021-08-24 13:08:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House will reconvene at noon Tuesday to take a second stab at ending a stalemate with 10 centrist members over a $3.5 trillion budget framework.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and the other holdouts don’t necessarily oppose the... Read More

California to Receive Billions for Highways, Airports, and More from Infrastructure Package
In The States
California to Receive Billions for Highways, Airports, and More from Infrastructure Package
2021-08-23 20:43:41
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The bipartisan infrastructure package is drawing closer to finalization and California residents are anticipating improvements to local roads, airports and more. Although the Golden State boasts the nation’s largest economy, a lack of prior investments in public... Read More

Moderates Reinforce Push for Immediate Infrastructure Vote
Congress
Moderates Reinforce Push for Immediate Infrastructure Vote
2021-08-20 20:09:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats on Friday reinforced their call for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, putting them on a collision course with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the chamber prepares to return to Capitol... Read More

Oklahomans to Gain EV Charging, Broadband, and More from Infrastructure Package
In The States
Oklahomans to Gain EV Charging, Broadband, and More from Infrastructure Package
2021-08-20 19:35:45
by Reece Nations

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- As Congress ponders the final version of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, the White House is providing details on what states stand to gain from the package. In Oklahoma, investments in roads, bridges and airports are... Read More

Van Hollen Wants ‘Equity of the Tax System’ To Pay for Infrastructure, Reconciliation Spending
Think Tanks
Van Hollen Wants ‘Equity of the Tax System’ To Pay for Infrastructure, Reconciliation Spending
2021-08-19 15:41:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has passed both the $1.5 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the framework of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill made up largely of potential investments in social programs and climate policy. While these massive budgetary items... Read More

What Texans Can Expect from the Infrastructure Bill
In The States
What Texans Can Expect from the Infrastructure Bill
2021-08-16 17:26:16
by Reece Nations

As the looming bipartisan infrastructure plan awaits its final approval, states are beginning to find out what the bill has in store for them. In the state of Texas, infrastructure investment has been a looming issue for some time. The... Read More

Moderate Democrats Demand Quick Passage of Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Moderate Democrats Demand Quick Passage of Infrastructure Bill
2021-08-13 15:22:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday, saying they will not vote for a budget resolution intended to advance a sweeping, $3.5 trillion climate and social policy package this year unless a separate... Read More

For Biden and Senators, a Sense That 'World Was Watching'
Infrastructure
For Biden and Senators, a Sense That 'World Was Watching'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden first announced the framework he'd reached with a bipartisan group of senators for a big infrastructure bill, he said it meant more than building roads and bridges.  Agreement, he said two months ago,... Read More

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Set for Final Senate Passage
U.S. Senate
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Set for Final Senate Passage

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of fits, starts and delays, the Senate is on track to give final approval to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans prepared to lift the first phase... Read More

Infrastructure Senators Brush Off Criticism From Left, Right
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Senators Brush Off Criticism From Left, Right

WASHINGTON (AP) — Often elusive, the political center is holding steady in the Senate as a coalition of Democratic and Republican senators brushes off critics to push  the $1 trillion infrastructure package toward final passage. On the left, the Democrats... Read More

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

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