Tag: Nancy Pelosi

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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Biden Has Put the Child Tax Credit Extension on the Chopping Block

A September Reuters/Ipsos poll had a more positive outlook for Biden, with 59 percent of adults supporting the credit. A survey by the conservative American Enterprise Institute found that only 45 percent of respondents supported making the credit permanent, and 53 percent said that they were concerned the credit will keep people from working. The seeming […]

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The Democrats’ Dilemma: Build Back Faster or Build Back Longer?

Extending programs in the short term could amount to a high-risk, high-reward scenario—if a program like the expanded child tax credit becomes entrenched, benefiting voters of both parties, it would be far more difficult politically for Republicans to allow it to expire. Glassman compared the idea to tax cuts implemented under the Bush administration, which […]

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The Reconciliation Bill Is About Saving Democracy

Jayapal should stand her ground. However, she also has to recognize that unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that Manchin and Sinema have more leverage than she and the progressives do, because each of them can singlehandedly kill the bill. But she rose to the occasion. She has greatly enhanced her status and reputation, and I […]

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Fully Vaccinated Senator Known as Fat Wolverine Stands With NBA Players Who Refuse to Get Vaccinated

Want to know some other things Ted Cruz agrees with? He’s all for the Dollar Tree raising their prices. He opposes a higher minimum wage. He was a fan of light-skinned Aunt Viv. He was against Obamacare, and is still against same-sex marriage, and the legalization of marijuana. He hates immigrants, working out and Black […]

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Congress Is Finding Creative New Ways to Break Itself

Because there is little bipartisan overlap between the two parties, reconciliation has basically become the only option for the majority party to pass any of its priorities, because the minority will filibuster most every other issue. Democrats are using the reconciliation process to try to pass the Build Back Better Act, as it allows certain […]

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The Democrats Can’t Get to $2.5 Trillion? Here—I Just Did It.

For those who say the budget framework I proposed costs ‘too much,’ what would you cut? Combatting climate change? Childcare? Universal Pre-K? Paid family & medical leave? Dental, hearing, and vision? Housing? Long-term home health care? Child tax credit?” —Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, June 28. “Is it childcare you want to take off […]

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This Is the Week for Democrats to Live Up to Their Stated Principles

Today? She sure seems to belong lock, stock, and barrel to her big donors. As Daniel Strauss reported here last week, she’s raked in corporate campaign donations. According to The New York Times’ reporting, she appears to oppose an increase, any increase, in the corporate tax rate. Even Manchin is in favor of raising it […]

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How Joe Biden Can Reverse His Incredible Shrinking Presidency

In the closing days of the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden took a trip to Warm Springs, Georgia, where Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to go to receive treatment for polio. “This place, Warm Springs, is a reminder that though broken, each of us can be healed,” Biden said. “That as a people and a country, we […]

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Stop Fretting About the Reconciliation Bill

Manchin as much as said this in his op-ed when he complained that the reconciliation bill was intended not “to solve urgent problems, but to re-envision America’s social policies.” Well, yes. Manchin wants to be seen as someone who’s reluctant to re-envision anything. So does Sinema. The imprecision of their opposition isn’t especially rational. It’s […]

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The Democrats’ High-Stakes Sprint Through a Legislative Minefield

However, this will be a hassle, to put it mildly. If Democrats decide to do a new reconciliation bill—that is, separate from the reconciliation bill they are currently writing, which includes a flock of Democratic agenda items (more on that later)—that will involve several time-consuming procedural steps, including two vote-a-ramas: marathon amendment voting sessions that […]

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Moderate Democrats Are Sabotaging the Biden Agenda

It may be hard to remember, but six months ago, Democrats had a kind of super momentum. The euphoria of the early days of a new president, plus a fierce urgency to do what was necessary to slow the pandemic, brought congressional Democrats together to pass a sweeping, $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, covering everything […]

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