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Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T Bill Faces Senate Gauntlet
Congress
Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T Bill Faces Senate Gauntlet

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took half a year but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules and Joe Manchin... Read More

Political News
Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring from Congress
2021-11-22 16:59:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is retiring from Congress after nearly three decades in office, bringing to 16 the number of Democrats who are bowing out before the 2022 election. Johnson, a trailblazer her whole life, was the... Read More

Congress
House Moves Toward OK of Dems' Sweeping Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill Friday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government... Read More

Congress
Divided House Debates Dems' Expansive Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House finally launched debate Thursday on Democrats' expansive social and environment bill, with party leaders hoping that cost estimates expected from Congress' top fiscal analyst would nail down moderate lawmakers' votes and allow passage by week's... Read More

Political News
House Censures Gosar, Strips Him of Committees Over Video
2021-11-17 22:34:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar Wednesday over his posting of a cartoon video on Twitter that showed him beheading Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and lunging, with swords in hand, at President Joe Biden.... Read More

Congress
Jackie Speier Becomes 14th House Democrat to Opt Out of 2022 Race
2021-11-16 18:59:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — Rep. Jackie Speier, who devoted her life to public services after a horrifying brush with death at the hands of a cult leader, said Tuesday she will not seek reelection to the House in 2022, making her the... Read More

Political News
House Speaker Calls for Investigations Into Gosar Over Video
2021-11-09 20:07:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday called for multiple investigations into Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., following his tweeting of an animated video that shows him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and threatening President Biden. "Threats of violence... Read More

White House
Biden Rejoices After House Achieves ‘Monumental’ Breakthrough on Infrastructure
2021-11-06 20:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If there’s ever been a broader smile on the face of a president than President Joe Biden wore Saturday morning in the State Dining Room of the White House, history was not on hand to record it. Beaming... Read More

In The News
Biden's Big Bill on Brink of House Votes, But Fights Remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House appear on the verge of advancing President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion-and-growing domestic policy package alongside a companion $1 trillion infrastructure bill in what would be a dramatic political accomplishment — if they can push it... Read More

Prescription Drugs
Schumer, Pelosi, Moderates Strike Deal to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
2021-11-02 20:53:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that Democrats have reached a deal on legislation to lower prescription drug prices. "It's not everything we all wanted. Many of us would have wanted to go much further, but... Read More

Congress
Progressives Delay Infrastructure Vote, Make McCarthy Prediction Prophetic
2021-10-29 14:59:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — “Does she have the votes?” This is not an unusual question to be heard when one wanders about Capitol Hill, but on Thursday afternoon it was a question literally on everyone’s lips. Case in point: This rendering was... Read More

Congress
Pelosi: In 'Good Shape' on Biden Plan, Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues Wednesday that Democrats are in "pretty good shape" on President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic plan and a related $1 trillion infrastructure bill as they race to wrap up talks ahead of... Read More

Political News
Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Election Reform Bill, Filibuster Support Softens
2021-10-20 23:29:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Despite changes reflecting the spirit of compromise, Senate Democrats were unable on Wednesday to convince a single Republican to vote with them in support of guaranteeing Americans the right to easy access to the polls.  As a result,... Read More

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

Political News
Biden, Congress Face Big Week for Agenda, Government Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a consequential week for President Joe Biden's agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" package to win over remaining lawmakers and work to quickly pass legislation to avoid a federal... Read More

Congress
'A Time of Intensity' Ahead, As Budget Committee Advances Spending Bill
2021-09-26 13:34:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Budget Committee voted 20-17 on Saturday in favor of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, effectively setting up a vote in the full House on the sweeping package in a matter of days. One Democrat, Rep.... Read More

Congress
Democrats See Tax 'Framework' to Pay for Huge $3.5T Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a framework of options to pay for their huge, emerging social and environment bill, top Democrats said Thursday. Now they face the daunting task of narrowing the menu... Read More

Political News
Murphy, Cuellar Seek Assurances from Pelosi on Reconciliation Bill
2021-09-05 12:23:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate House Democrats are pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a transparent process in the drafting of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, saying in a letter on Friday that her promises in this regard will determine whether they... Read More

Cities
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress
2021-09-03 19:02:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress... Read More

Employment
Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
2021-09-03 15:46:42
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. employment grew by 235,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in August, but that 0.2% decrease still leaves 8.4 million Americans unemployed. The 235,000 growth spurt highlighted in the Labor Department’s August Employment Situation... Read More

Congress
House Democrats Break Impasse to Advance $3.5T Budget Plan
2021-08-24 21:28:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose desire for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill nearly scuttled President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda. In... Read More

Political News
Congress Prepares for Vote On $3.5 Trillion Economic Plan
2021-08-23 20:41:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress returned from their summer recess Monday to hammer out an agreement on President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” economic stimulus plan. They are running into strong headwinds from Republicans as they prepare for... Read More

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

Employment
Salary Cap Raised for Capitol Hill Staffers
2021-08-12 20:56:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- In a move she says is intended to attract the “best talent in America” to Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday raised the salary cap for House staffers to $199,300, up from the maximum $173,900... Read More

Political News
Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
2021-08-10 16:34:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal on Tuesday, handing President Joe Biden a significant win for his top legislative priority.  “This is what it looks like when elected leaders take a step toward healing our... Read More

Congress
Dems Ask McCarthy to Recant Pelosi Taunt as Tensions Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several House Democrats have called on House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to apologize to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or resign after audio surfaced of him saying at a weekend fundraiser that it would be "hard not to... Read More

Labor
AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Dies of Heart Attack at 72
2021-08-06 14:35:10
by Dan McCue

Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. In a note to staff, Liz Shuler,... Read More

Political News
Biden, Pelosi, Schumer Call On Cuomo to Resign
2021-08-03 21:06:02
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a bombshell report from independent investigators appointed by the state attorney general said... Read More

Housing
Pelosi, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Eviction Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation's eviction moratorium, calling it a "moral imperative" to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during... Read More

Civil Rights
Biden, Harris Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act
2021-07-27 12:55:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Monday and announced new guidance suggesting long-term COVID-19 could be considered a disability in some cases under federal civil rights laws.  “For our nation, the... Read More

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