Tag: Democratic Party

Democrats Hammer Out Novel Plan to Tax Billionaires and Corporate Giants

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, was trying to line up support, including from Mr. Manchin, to beef up a federally paid family and medical leave provision that had been whittled down to just four weeks from 12. Senator Raphael Warnock, Democrat of Georgia, threatened to withdraw his support for the bill if, as […]

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Manchin Is in the Middle, With Biden’s Agenda in the Balance

Mr. Manchin, whose demand that the overall package not exceed $1.5 trillion has driven a frenzied effort to cut the cost of the bill, has maintained that he is keeping an open mind out of fairness to Mr. Biden and Democratic leaders. But he has proved unyielding on many of progressives’ most cherished priorities, such […]

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This Special Election Is Testing Republican Efforts to Court Latino Voters

SAN ANTONIO — For as long as María Rodríguez can remember, the South Side of San Antonio has just about always elected Democrats, Hispanics like herself who emphasized improving public education and access to health care. But last week, as she walked out of an early polling site where she had cast a ballot in […]

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Paid Leave Would Help Millions of Americans—and Could Be Cut From the Democrats’ Big Bill

“It’s better than nothing, but … if you have a four week paid family leave policy, we’re not going to just see dramatic, positive impacts from a policy like that. It’s just too small to have huge impacts,” Rossin-Slater said. “If its continuation is being evaluated based on whether we see big positive impacts as […]

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Why Spending Too Little Could Backfire on Democrats

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How to Fix the Democrats’ Build Back Better Plan

This is a recipe not only for significant public funds siphoned into corporate treasuries but also for endless frustration and hassle, much like our private health insurance system. And all this for just four weeks of paid leave (the length presently being considered), a fraction of what every other industrialized nation offers. It’s not enough […]

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Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Democratic congressional leaders raced on Monday to strike a compromise on a domestic policy and climate package, pushing for a vote within days even as critical disagreements remained over health benefits, paid leave, environmental provisions and how to pay for the sprawling plan. Negotiators were closing in on an agreement […]

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Biden and the Democrats Are on the Verge of … Something

Gail Collins: Hey, Bret, the holiday season is almost upon us — if you presume we start off with Halloween, which is one of my favorites. Are you going to be dressing up as any famous person for parties? Bret Stephens: Well, I once went to a Halloween bash dressed as Picasso’s Blue Period — […]

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Biden Meets With Manchin and Schumer to Iron Out Spending Bill

Democrats are also increasingly eager to deliver the bipartisan legislation to Mr. Biden’s desk before elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey on Nov. 2, to show voters the party is making good on its promise to deliver sweeping social change. And a number of transportation programs will lapse at the end of the […]

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Biden Meets With Manchin and Schumer as Democrats Race to Finish Social Policy Bill

Democrats are also increasingly eager to deliver the bipartisan legislation to Mr. Biden’s desk before elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey on Nov. 2, to show voters the party is making good on its promise to deliver sweeping social change. And a number of transportation programs will lapse at the end of the […]

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Biden Isn’t Being Vocal Enough on Voting Rights

After months of tiptoeing around the issue of altering or eliminating the Senate filibuster rules to protect voting rights — and therefore democracy itself — after an unprecedented year of Republican assaults, President Biden has finally said that he is open to changing the rules. And on Thursday, he said it in the most weak-tea, […]

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Letitia James Isn’t Saying Whether She’s Running for Governor. But She Is Hiring.

While New York’s political elite awaits some definitive word from Letitia James about whether she intends to run for governor next year, her campaign team is being less guarded. In recent weeks, the team has made four significant new hires, most prominently Celinda Lake, the veteran Democratic strategist who served as one of the two […]

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Biden’s Compromise on Spending Bills Could Have Consequences

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s pitch during the 2020 campaign to unseat President Donald J. Trump was simple: Trade in a stubborn, immovable leader for one with a proven record of taking half a loaf when a full one is out of reach. That approach appears to have brought Mr. Biden to the precipice of victory […]

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Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s pitch during the 2020 campaign to unseat President Donald J. Trump was simple: Trade in a stubborn, immovable leader for one with a proven record of taking half a loaf when a full one is out of reach. That approach appears to have brought Mr. Biden to the precipice of victory […]

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After Dropping Free Community College Plan, Democrats Explore Options

Pamelina Williams, 22, a student at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin, said she would like to transfer to a four-year college, but is not sure she can afford to. Having her tuition waived for now would make her “more inclined” to continue her education, she said. “It would make it a lot easier […]

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The Democrats Are Losing Their Nerve on Taxes

Even if you think the spending level in the reconciliation bill should be zero, you can’t logically call yourself a fiscal conservative and oppose higher marginal tax rates for both individuals and corporations. You just can’t. In 1990 a budget deficit of $221 billion (about $476 billion in current dollars) was enough to scare the […]

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Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More’

WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Thursday that he was open to ending the Senate filibuster so Democrats could pass voting rights legislation, raise the federal debt limit and possibly enact other parts of his agenda that had been blocked by Republicans. Speaking at a CNN town hall meeting, the president also expressed optimism about […]

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Former Trump Lawyer to Oversee Election Review in Texas

HOUSTON — Amid pressure from former President Donald J. Trump to support a broad review of the 2020 election in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday appointed as secretary of state a lawyer who briefly joined Mr. Trump’s challenge to the 2020 results in Pennsylvania. The new secretary of state, John Scott, will oversee Texas […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Style Keeps Us Guessing

Senator Kyrsten Sinema may have been in Europe recently on a fund-raising trip and out of reach of the activists who have dogged her footsteps, frustrated with her obstruction of President Biden’s social spending bill. But despite the fact her office has been keeping her itinerary under wraps, were those protesters able to follow her […]

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Democrats’ Campaign to Control Drug Prices Nears Collapse

WASHINGTON — When a powerful Democratic Senate chairman assembled his Special Committee on Aging to confront what he called a “crisis of affordability” for prescription drugs, he proposed a novel solution: allow the government to negotiate better deals for critical medications. The year was 1989, and the idea from that chairman, former Senator David Pryor […]

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Adams, Under Attack From Sliwa in Their First Debate, Holds His Fire

For the better part of an hour on Wednesday, Eric Adams was accused of spending too much time with “elites,” losing touch with working-class New Yorkers and being a carbon copy of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose popularity has steadily waned during his tenure. Yet when he was given openings to respond during the first […]

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Democrats Back Away From Raising Tax Rates to Pay for Agenda

In order to maneuver around unanimous Republican opposition, Democrats are moving the bill using a fast-track budget process known as reconciliation that shields fiscal legislation from a filibuster. But to cobble together a majority for passage with their razor-thin majorities, they must keep all 50 of their senators and nearly every House Democrat united behind […]

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This Election Season, Look Out for Virginia

We’re heading around the bend, people! Elections are just a couple of weeks away and the two biggest races in the nation are … You have no idea, right? OK, most of the voting is going to be about local government — mayors and council members and holders of even smaller offices. But there are […]

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Democrats Search for Path on Voting Rights Amid Republican Blockade

“In the end, it is going to come down to getting Republicans or restoring order,” Mr. Tester said in an interview, conceding that winning Republican votes appeared unlikely. “I’m keeping it open,” he said about the possibility of revising the rules. Mr. King and other Democrats emphasized that enacting a rules change would not mean […]

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Joe Manchin and the Democratic Party’s Complicated Relationship

The squabbling over the Build Back Better plan, the ambitious climate change and social spending package that the Democrats want to pass on a party-line vote, has been running hot, with progressives and moderates squaring off, especially in the Senate. On Wednesday, there were even rumblings that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the chamber’s […]

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Senate G.O.P. Blocks Voting Rights Bill for Third Time This Year

WASHINGTON — Republicans on Wednesday blocked action for the third time this year on legislation to bolster voting rights, leaving Democrats few options to advance the bill outside of changing the Senate filibuster rule and passing it over G.O.P. opposition. All 50 Democrats and independents supported bringing the Freedom to Vote Act to the floor, […]

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Biden Heads to Scranton to Sell a Shrinking Agenda

WASHINGTON — President Biden will travel to his childhood hometown, Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday to press the case for an economic, environmental and social policy agenda that congressional Democrats are whittling down in hopes of securing an agreement to pass it into law this fall. The visit comes as Mr. Biden conceded that key elements […]

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‘Promises Made Just Have to Be Promises Kept’: Black Colleges Feel Stung by Democrats

“We’ve done more with less forever, and promises made just have to be promises kept,” said Lodriguez V. Murray, the senior vice president for public policy and government affairs at the United Negro College Fund, which represents private Black colleges. “The president did his part, and now if Congress doesn’t act, it won’t just be […]

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House Democrats Are Retiring as Party Fears Losing Majority

WASHINGTON — The quickening pace of Democratic retirements in the House may be the clearest indication yet that the party’s hopes of maintaining its narrow majority are fading amid President Biden’s sagging approval ratings, ongoing legislative struggles and the prospect of redrawn congressional districts that will put some seats out of reach. In recent days, […]

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Democrats, Scaling Back Budget Bill, Press for Compromise by Week’s End

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said on Tuesday that they hoped to reach a compromise on President Biden’s sprawling domestic policy plan by the end of the week, toiling to show progress after weeks of public bickering and private negotiations with centrist holdouts. The renewed urgency came as Mr. Biden privately conceded that key elements of […]

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Republicans Set to Block Voting Bill Again, Raising Stakes on Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans were expected again on Wednesday to block action on voting rights legislation, intensifying calls by activists and lawmakers for Democrats to finally do away with the filibuster or find themselves at a steep disadvantage in next year’s midterm elections and into the future. For the third time this year, Republicans were […]

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