Biden Unveils $1.52 Trillion Budget Proposal
White House
Biden Unveils $1.52 Trillion Budget Proposal
2021-04-09 20:31:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden unveiled a $1.5 trillion budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year, that among other things, includes a 16% increase in non-defense spending. In his first budget proposal as president, Biden is asking Congress for $753... Read More

What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
White House
What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
2021-04-09 20:24:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans took to social media Thursday after President Joe Biden announced measures to curb the rampant spread of gun violence by restricting access to firearms. The measures, lauded by some and condemned by others, were laid out in... Read More

White House Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court
Political News
White House Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court
2021-04-09 18:33:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Biden will sign an executive order Friday that creates a bipartisan commission to study expanding the Supreme Court, as he promised throughout the 2020 election, the White House said. The commission will be chaired by former White... Read More

Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns
Political News
Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is "long past time" to do so.... Read More

Gun Violence Plan Seeks New Ownership Restrictions
White House
Gun Violence Plan Seeks New Ownership Restrictions
2021-04-08 20:42:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced measures Thursday to restrict sales of “ghost guns” and to take firearms away from potentially dangerous persons. The proposals are part of a larger campaign against gun violence. “Gun violence in this country is... Read More

Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
In The States
Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
2021-04-07 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack

An executive order on Tuesday from Texas' governor that prohibits state agencies from using tax money for vaccine passports is kicking up a dispute over the breadth of public health laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines and other private companies... Read More

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits Record High in February
Trade
U.S. Trade Deficit Hits Record High in February
2021-04-07 18:40:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record high in February as the nation’s economic activity rebounded more quickly than that of other nations carefully shake off the economic hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The trade deficit... Read More

EXPLAINER: Senate Eyes Budget Rule to Push Past Filibuster
U.S. Senate
EXPLAINER: Senate Eyes Budget Rule to Push Past Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda  around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster  by opponents. This week,... Read More

Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits
Political News
Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits

WASHINGTON - He’s baaack. Stephen Miller, that is.  Former President Donald Trump’s senior White House advisor and the architect behind that administration’s hard line immigration policies, is launching a new organization this week, America First Legal. And, though the 35-year-old... Read More

Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
Foreign Affairs
Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
2021-04-06 19:26:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International Criminal Court, but they also agree serious obstacles remain to achieving justice for some of the world’s worst crimes. The... Read More

Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
Foreign Affairs
Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
2021-04-06 13:25:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Friday that he is reversing a Trump administration policy that sanctions the International Criminal Court in what he described as another sign of a return of U.S. foreign policy to more cooperation. Trump criticized... Read More

Biden Boosted by Senate Rules as GOP Bucks Infrastructure
U.S. Senate
Biden Boosted by Senate Rules as GOP Bucks Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an appeal to think big, President Joe Biden is promoting his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, summoning public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort they sum up as... Read More

Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19
Health
Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such... Read More

Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade
Infrastructure
Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it's more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden's ambitious rebuild America agenda  than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other... Read More

Goldmine of New Resources for Railroads
Transportation
Goldmine of New Resources for Railroads
2021-04-05 15:39:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Virginia’s plan for a $3.7 billion passenger rail expansion was revolutionary on Tuesday when the governor announced it but later in the week looked like the tip of the iceberg. The next day, President Joe Biden presented his plan... Read More

US Draws Close to 100M Vaccinations as Baseball Resumes
Health
US Draws Close to 100M Vaccinations as Baseball Resumes

The U.S. moved closer Thursday toward vaccinating 100 million Americans in a race against an uptick in COVID-19 cases that is fueling fears of another nationwide surge just as the major league baseball season starts and thousands of fans return... Read More

Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists
White House
Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member "jobs Cabinet" to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader... Read More

Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies
Military
Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition. The new department... Read More

$2.2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan Unveiled
White House
$2.2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan Unveiled
2021-04-01 13:16:58
by Tom Ramstack

President Joe Biden unveiled his plan Wednesday for a $2.2 trillion government investment into improving the nation’s infrastructure. Biden described the plan as an effort to create jobs and make the United States more competitive while recovering from the economic... Read More

Eager to Build Infrastructure, Biden Plans to Tax Business
Infrastructure
Eager to Build Infrastructure, Biden Plans to Tax Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants $2 trillion to reengineer America's infrastructure and expects the nation's corporations to pay for it. The president travels to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to unveil what would be a hard-hatted transformation of the U.S.... Read More

First Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees is Diversity Personified
Courts
First Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees is Diversity Personified
2021-03-30 20:09:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees is a marked departure from the mostly white and mostly male picks of the Trump years. In all, Biden named 11 individuals he’d like to see on the bench, 10... Read More

Biden Wants to Power 10 Million Homes With Wind Energy
Energy
Biden Wants to Power 10 Million Homes With Wind Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the East Coast, saying Monday it is taking initial steps toward approving a huge wind farm off the New Jersey coast as part of an... Read More

Path From Clinton to Biden Takes U-turn on Debt, Trade, More
White House
Path From Clinton to Biden Takes U-turn on Debt, Trade, More

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bill Clinton spoke of how to build a bridge to the 21st century, it was to be constructed with balanced budgets, welfare recipients who found jobs and expanded global trade. Three decades later, President Joe Biden... Read More

Biden Leaves Door Open for Senate Changes to Advance Agenda
White House
Biden Leaves Door Open for Senate Changes to Advance Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden at his first news conference left the door open to backing fundamental changes in Senate procedure to muscle key parts of his agenda like immigration and voting rights past Republican opposition "if there's complete... Read More

Amid Growing Challenges, Biden to Hold 1st News Conference
White House
Amid Growing Challenges, Biden to Hold 1st News Conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden held off on holding his first news conference so he could use it to celebrate passage of a defining legislative achievement, his giant COVID-19 relief package. But he's sure to be pressed at Thursday's... Read More

Biden Taps Harris to Take Lead on Response to Border Crisis
Immigration
Biden Taps Harris to Take Lead on Response to Border Crisis
2021-03-24 19:52:36
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of leading the White House effort to get a handle on the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden made the announcement as he and Harris... Read More

Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
In The States
Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
2021-03-24 18:40:32
by TWN Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The state of Wyoming sued the Biden administration Wednesday challenging what state lawmakers describe as a "de-facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing" on federal land. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming, asserts Interior... Read More

Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Brings Calls for Insurance Reforms
In The States
Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Brings Calls for Insurance Reforms
2021-03-24 14:58:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden visited Ohio Tuesday to promote his economic stimulus program while Congress took steps to move the health insurance part of it into new territory. The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan expands subsidies to... Read More

Gov’t Data Show Race, Region Disparities in School Reopening
Education
Gov’t Data Show Race, Region Disparities in School Reopening

Nearly half of the nation's elementary schools were open for full-time classroom learning as of last month, but the share of students learning in-person has varied greatly by region and by race, with most nonwhite students learning entirely online, according... Read More

Biden Readies for 1st News Conference, White House Tradition
White House
Biden Readies for 1st News Conference, White House Tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — He'd led allied armies in the defeat of Nazi Germany only to find himself, a decade later, a tad intimidated before the cameras in an echoey room of the Old Executive Office Building, ready to make history... Read More

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