Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding
Broadband
Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding
2022-06-07 15:11:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Four states — Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia — will receive more than $500 million in funding for broadband expansion projects under the auspices of the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund created as part of the... Read More

What They’re Saying About the End of Title 42 Expulsions
Immigration
What They’re Saying About the End of Title 42 Expulsions
2022-04-06 23:02:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration last week announced it will wind down the pandemic-era order known as Title 42 in late May.  Though always controversial, the decision to do away with what were, in essence, summary deportations in the name... Read More

Federal Reserve Pick Raskin Withdraws Nomination
Political News
Federal Reserve Pick Raskin Withdraws Nomination
2022-03-15 22:06:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick for a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, withdrew her nomination Tuesday, one day after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined all Senate Republicans in opposing her confirmation. In a... Read More

Shalanda Young Confirmed as OMB Director
Political News
Shalanda Young Confirmed as OMB Director
2022-03-15 21:38:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-36 to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and Budget, making her the first Black woman in history to head the office and the fifth Black woman to be... Read More

<strong>Narrowed Build Back Better Plan Could Come as Manchin Signals Support </strong>
Political News
Narrowed Build Back Better Plan Could Come as Manchin Signals Support 
2022-03-07 22:57:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Hopes for the passage of a revamped version of the Build Back Better Act were renewed last week after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., indicated he could support a scaled-down version. Manchin’s objections to the version of the bill... Read More

Sinema, Manchin Slammed as Senate Begins Voting Bill Debate
Voting
Sinema, Manchin Slammed as Senate Begins Voting Bill Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change their rules and break a Republican filibuster that has hopelessly stalled voting legislation. The Senate is set to launch debate Tuesday... Read More

Goodbye ‘Godsend’: Expiration of Child Tax Credits Hits Home
Economy
Goodbye 'Godsend': Expiration of Child Tax Credits Hits Home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit — a program that was intended to be part of President Joe Biden's legacy but has... Read More

Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster
Political News
Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster
2022-01-14 00:16:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but she all but doomed the bill to failure by announcing she opposes a change to filibuster rules to bypass... Read More

Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill
Political News
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill
2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

What They’re Saying About the Anniversary of the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol
Jan. 6
What They’re Saying About the Anniversary of the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol
2022-01-06 18:47:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both spoke at the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning in observance of the first anniversary of the attack on the building by insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump. Many more... Read More

Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17
Political News
Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17
2022-01-03 19:12:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if Republicans continue to block sweeping voting rights legislation currently stalled in the chamber, a vote on amending or doing away... Read More

Democrats ‘Not Giving Up’ on Biden Bill, Talks With Manchin
Congress
Democrats 'Not Giving Up' on Biden Bill, Talks With Manchin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden appears determined to return to the negotiating table with Sen. Joe Manchin, the holdout Democrat who effectively tanked the party's signature $2 trillion domestic policy initiative with his own jarring year-end announcement. Biden, responding... Read More

Goldman Sachs Axes US Growth Forecast After Manchin Nixes BBB
Economy
Goldman Sachs Axes US Growth Forecast After Manchin Nixes BBB
2021-12-20 18:52:01
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs downgraded its growth forecast for the U.S. economy in the wake of Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement during a televised interview that he will not support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. In a note... Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin Says No to $2T Bill: ‘I Can’t Vote for It’
Political News
Sen. Joe Manchin Says No to $2T Bill: 'I Can't Vote for It'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he cannot back his party's signature $2 trillion social and environment bill, seemingly dealing a fatal blow to President Joe Biden's leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats'... Read More

Manchin’s Child Tax Credit Stance Draws Criticism Back Home
Congress
Manchin's Child Tax Credit Stance Draws Criticism Back Home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin’s reluctance to endorse the Biden administration’s expanded child tax credit program is rippling through his home state of West Virginia. Manchin, a moderate Democrat, is one of the last holdouts delaying passage of President... Read More

$2T Bill Stalled, Senate Dems Seem Ready to Move on for Now
U.S. Senate
$2T Bill Stalled, Senate Dems Seem Ready to Move on for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' vast social and environment package languished in Senate limbo Thursday as leaders' hopes for resolving holdout Sen. Joe Manchin's demands and considering the bill in this year's waning days seemed all but dead. After weeks of... Read More

White House Vaccine Mandate in Limbo as Deadline Approaches
Political News
White House Vaccine Mandate in Limbo as Deadline Approaches
2021-12-16 13:16:59
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration issued an emergency rule in November mandating all businesses with 100 or more employees require staff to get fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Set to take effect on Jan. 4 and be enforced by... Read More

Democrats’ Methane Fee Proposal Faces Uncertainty in Senate
Environment
Democrats' Methane Fee Proposal Faces Uncertainty in Senate
2021-11-23 14:13:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats succeeded in including a proposed fee on methane emissions in the Build Back Better Act, but the measure will have to endure scrutiny from centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., before it becomes law. The Democrats' framework... Read More

Troubles at Home Shadow Biden’s Climate Efforts Abroad
Political News
Troubles at Home Shadow Biden's Climate Efforts Abroad

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as a force against global warming, whipping up ambitions at a U.N. climate summit abroad even as a coal-state U.S. senator... Read More

Manchin Urges Vote on Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Manchin Urges Vote on Infrastructure Bill
2021-11-01 20:10:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that he is not yet ready to support the slimmed down $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill, but urged his colleagues to move forward with a vote on... Read More

Biden ‘Positive’ on Budget Deal; Manchin OK With Wealth Tax
Political News
Biden 'Positive' on Budget Deal; Manchin OK With Wealth Tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package. Biden... Read More

Matt Haller Wants to Change How You Think About Franchises
Business
Matt Haller Wants to Change How You Think About Franchises
2021-10-08 21:07:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When you think about it, they’re everywhere; part of the bedrock of every community in America. They are your local McDonald’s, of course. And the KFC. But they’re also the Ace Hardware Store and the Sport Clips haircutter.... 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

Biden Can’t Budge Fellow Dems With Big Overhaul at Stake
Political News
Biden Can't Budge Fellow Dems With Big Overhaul at Stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared unable to swiftly strike agreement with two wavering Democratic senators trying to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion measure that will collapse without their support. With... Read More

Infrastructure Bill Advances Even Before Ink Dries On Completed Bill Text
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Bill Advances Even Before Ink Dries On Completed Bill Text
2021-07-30 20:06:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House and Senate gathered outside the Capitol Friday to celebrate this week’s progress on the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history, and to remind everyone that the legislation still has a ways to go before... Read More

Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
Political News
Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
2021-07-20 21:13:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues earlier last week to discuss the proposed budget deal legislation. Democrats are hoping to pass the budget plan using the... Read More

Senators to Watch as Dems Debate Changing Filibuster Rules
U.S. Senate
Senators to Watch as Dems Debate Changing Filibuster Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looming over Senate Democrats this year is a decision that could fundamentally change Congress: whether to change or eliminate the rules of the filibuster to enact President Joe Biden's agenda.  Liberal advocates have pushed hard for the... 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

Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
Political News
Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
2021-06-22 23:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to advance the bill and start debate. Thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion, it was nevertheless a blow to Democrats'... Read More

Tax Increases Seen As Counterproductive to Growth, Job Creation
Taxes
Tax Increases Seen As Counterproductive to Growth, Job Creation
2021-06-21 20:49:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Of all the uncertainties growing from the prolonged negotiations over President Joe Biden’s American Families plan, the most potentially vexing for the American businesses and the economy are several proposed changes to the U.S. tax code. Though much... Read More

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