Tag: Chuck Schumer

The Upcoming Lame Duck Congress Is Going to Be Epic

Matthew Glassman, a senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, said that whether or not Congress passes an omnibus bill in the lame duck partially depends on when Republicans want to address the issue. “I think McCarthy has some incentive to not want to have to deal with this sort of fight […]

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Biden calls recent Jan. 6 video and testimonies ‘devastating,’ says he has gone out of his way not to comment

President Biden said on Saturday that he found the Jan. 6 committee’s newly released footage and testimony to be “devastating,” Reuters reported. “I think the testimony and the video are actually devastating, and I’ve been going out of my way not to comment,” Biden told reporters while in Oregon, according to Reuters. The committee investigating the Jan. […]

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The Jan 6th Committee Shared Some Pretty Remarkable New Footage From Inside The Capitol On That Day

On January 6, 2021, millions of people around the world watched as thousands of MAGA insurrectionists descended upon the U.S. Capitol Building and attempted to overthrow democracy as we know it. Already, the images of those individuals who took part in the insurrection have become an indelible part of modern history — as has Josh […]

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A Company Behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline Is Showering Schumer With More Donations Than Manchin

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has accumulated more than 350 water quality violations and other environmental infractions since construction began in 2018. The permitting reform bill would go to remarkable lengths to protect the project from local and national scrutiny, mandating that any future legal challenges to either the pipeline or any of the bill’s provisions be […]

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How the Sprawling Fight Over Permitting Reform Could Capsize Congress

“Chuck cut the deal without talking to me,” Kaine said. “I was hoping that, before the bill was final, that if I told them the concerns I had, then the final product would address my concerns. It doesn’t.” Kaine told me that he believed there could be some kind of separate bipartisan bill on permitting […]

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Delaying a Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t a Death Knell

But wait! Why not just hold the vote before the election, and then bring it up for a second vote afterwards? Well, there are several problems with that strategy. Number one: The bipartisan group asked Schumer for more time, so if he overruled them and brought it up for a vote anyway, that would seriously […]

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How Chuck Schumer Finally Got His Big Breakthrough

With the public optimism of a party leader, Schumer told me he thinks Democrats will keep and even expand their majority. “We’re going to do a lot more. We’re not finished,” Schumer said. “But I think the [Inflation Reduction Act] showed the possibilities of what we can do if we stay together, if we stay […]

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Raising Young Kids in America Has Become Hell, and The Government Should Finally Acknowledge That

However, while states can help on the margins, and some limited federal laws could get passed, what is actually needed is a new paradigm, one that centers these families as a distinct class of people the same way the federal government treats seniors. Even if states choose to act, or if something like the Romney […]

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The IRA’s Long Overdue New Tax that the Press Hasn’t Noticed

Stock buybacks hit a record $882 billion last year, and they may reach $1 trillion this year. The biggest corporations spend the most on buybacks. Thus Apple lavished $91 billion over the previous four quarters, according to The Wall Street Journal; Alphabet (Google), $55 billion; Meta (Facebook), $53 billion; Microsoft, $33 billion; and Bank of […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Inflation Reduction Act’s Big Win, the Senate Still Sucks

For the IRA, Democratic lawmakers used another “one neat trick” to surmount the filibuster: the reconciliation process. In 1974, Congress passed a law to regularize the budget-making process that allowed lawmakers to pass certain types of spending and taxation legislation with a simple majority. Technically, this also applies for the House, but since the House […]

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Yes, the Inflation Reduction Act Is a Big Effing Deal

So that brings us back to the Inflation Reduction Act, IRA. Yes, I wish it were bigger and contained some of the key elements of BBB like subsidized childcare and Medicare expansion and housing. Yes, that sop to Joe Manchin on fossil fuels is very unfortunate. And Republicans stripping out the insulin provision for non-seniors […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Passes After a Long and Exhausting Weekend in the U.S. Senate

Patrick Leahy arrives for the vote-a-rama in his Batman wheelchair. Bill Clark/Getty Images After limited debate on the reconciliation bill, the Senate proceeded to the vote-a-rama, thus called because it involves nonstop votes on as many amendments as possible without debate. The amendments must be deficit neutral or lessen the deficit, or be “germane.” The […]

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Manchin and Schumer Surprised Everyone With the Inflation Reduction Act—Even Democrats Themselves

Representative Jamaal Bowman, another progressive, told reporters on Thursday that he was “very disappointed and actually pretty angry that the childcare provisions were taken out.” But he was circumspect about most Democrats being left out of the final negotiating process. “They’re senators, you know; one is the Senate majority leader, and one has been a […]

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