Tag: Senate

The Debt Ceiling and More: Congress Has a Pre-Break To-Do List

After a stressful, fractious and at times terrifying 2021, rarely has the congressional community more desperately needed a nice long holiday respite far from the toxic funk of Washington. Better luck next year. Congress originally planned on wrapping up its Washington business around Dec. 10. Instead, lawmakers and staff members rolled into this month with […]

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Chuck Schumer’s Daunting Quest to “Restore the Senate”

The Senate is not an antique desk, and “restoration” will entail more than just a little varnish. Senator Angus King on Tuesday outlined some options for filibuster reform for The New Republic, such as requiring senators to be present and talking on the Senate floor if they want to block a bill, or requiring the […]

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Government Shutdown Still Looms Despite Lawmakers’ Spending Deal

But both parties agreed to provide $7 billion for Afghan evacuees, who fled the country after American troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban regained control. The additional funding includes about $4.3 billion for the Defense Department to care for evacuees on military bases, $1.3 billion for the State Department and $1.3 billion for the […]

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Lawmakers Strike Spending Deal but Government Shutdown Still Looms

WASHINGTON — Top lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday to keep the government funded through mid-February, but a group of Senate Republicans was still threatening to force a shutdown over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers. With less than 48 hours before funding is set to lapse, the House was expected to vote […]

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Peter Welch’s “All Hands on Deck” Moment

What we’re seeing throughout the country is, in Trump-controlled legislatures, they’re rewriting election laws to make it very difficult for people to vote, or if the legislature doesn’t like the vote of the people, make it easy for them to overturn it. So we have an epic moment here, where there’s a major question about: […]

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Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Republicans is threatening to delay action on a spending bill needed to avert a lapse in federal funding on Friday unless it also bans enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine-and-testing mandate for large employers, heightening the threat of a government shutdown. With Congress lagging behind on finalizing the dozen […]

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Guess What Everybody, It’s Debt Ceiling Drama Time Again

It’s unlikely that Democrats will weaken the filibuster in order to pass a debt limit extension without Republican help, as Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Manchin have remained adamant in their opposition to doing so. Republicans are also hoping to avoid any change to the filibuster, which means ensuring that Manchin and Sinema don’t waver in […]

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Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s Head, Agrees to Testify Before Congress

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, […]

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How Nancy Pelosi Got Biden’s Build Back Better Bill Back on Track

“We must pass it, and then we have to see it for me to have an almost religious experience of appreciating what it is,” Ms. Pelosi said in her Capitol office, not long after the vote to approve the bill, which was delayed until Friday morning by an angry eight-hour stemwinder from Representative Kevin McCarthy […]

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Acquittal and America’s Gun Laws

The jury decided the defendant acted in self-defense. It was not in a position to address the limited restrictions of the Second Amendment and the open-carry policies that create a dangerous environment for all Americans. Will our legislators ever take this on? Mark GoldenNewton, Mass. To the Editor: From my vantage point up here in […]

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Biden’s Big Social Infrastructure Bill Finally Gets Passed By the House—Now Comes the Hard Part

The bill dedicates more than $550 billion to combating climate change, including expansion of tax credits for consumers and incentives for companies to transition to clean energy, as well as additional financial incentives to make wind turbines and other equipment in U.S.-based and unionized factories. It also creates a Civilian Climate Corps, employing young people […]

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SALT Deduction That Benefits the Rich Divides Democrats

WASHINGTON — A plan by House Democrats to reduce taxes for high earners in states like New Jersey, New York and California in their $1.85 trillion social policy spending package is becoming an early political albatross for the party, with Republicans already mobilizing to accuse Democrats of defying their populist principles in favor of cutting […]

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From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden’s Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items

“The collapse of local journalism has had serious consequences for our ability to govern,” Mr. Blumenauer, a senior member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, said, pointing to anti-Muslim and other offensive remarks made by a Republican truck driver who defeated New Jersey’s Senate president this month — but revealed by the news media […]

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New Wrinkle in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial as Judge May Be Promoted

The Manhattan judge presiding in the high-profile trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, will be recommended to the White House on Tuesday evening for a prestigious federal appeals court post by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, his office said. The judge, Alison J. Nathan, 49, has spent a decade on […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: New Wrinkle as Judge May Be Promoted

The Manhattan judge presiding in the high-profile trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, will be recommended to the White House on Tuesday evening for a prestigious federal appeals court post by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, his office said. The judge, Alison J. Nathan, 49, has spent a decade on […]

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No War, No Problem: Senate Prepares To Shovel Another Pile of Money at the Pentagon

Senator Bernie Sanders has also introduced an amendment to reduce the amount of spending authorized by the bill, which will almost certainly fail. The House version of the bill increased the amount authorized by roughly $24 billion to match the Senate version, a controversial provision which saw opposition from some Democrats. Both the House and […]

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Here’s How the Build Back Better Act Will Get Enacted

Throughout several months of intense negotiations, progressive Democrats have insisted on bringing the Build Back Better Act, or BBB, to a vote before the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Their strategy has rested on the not-implausible belief that conservative Democrats might withhold support for President Biden’s social provision bill if infrastructure got enacted first. Much like the […]

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Sure, Biden’s Plan Costs a Lot of Money. But the Price of Inaction Is Higher.

Child care also frees parents, and in particular mothers, to work outside the home. Universal preschool in the District of Columbia, introduced in 2009, increased the labor force participation rate for mothers with young children by 10 percentage points. Universal child care in Quebec, begun in 1996, helped the province achieve the highest rate of […]

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Opinion: Governors Begging Congress for Semiconductor Cash Won’t Fix Anything

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Ruth Ann Minner, Down-to-Earth Governor of Delaware, Dies at 86

Ruth Ann Minner, who was raised by a sharecropper and dropped out of high school but went on to become the first and only woman to serve as governor of Delaware, died on Thursday at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was 86. The cause was complications of a fall, said Lisa Peel, one […]

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Dr. Oz Has Peddled Scams for Years. No Wonder He Wants to Run for Senate.

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that America’s number one diet-pill enthusiast, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is exploring a run for the Pennsylvania Senate. As the outlet reported, though Oz was born in Cleveland, raised in Delaware, and is currently based in New Jersey, his affection for Pennsylvania appears to be primarily based in the fact […]

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Chris Sununu Won’t Run for Senate After Realizing What a Terrible Job It Is

Sununu has walked the line between supporting former President Donald Trump and being willing to disagree with other Republicans. He has declared himself “a Trump guy through and through” but was quick to accept Biden as the legitimate winner of the presidential election. He outperformed Trump in New Hampshire by a significant margin, winning reelection […]

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Sununu to Seek Re-election as New Hampshire Governor, Rejecting Senate Bid

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, a Republican, surprised his party on Tuesday by announcing he would not run for U.S. Senate next year, rejecting a full-court press from national Republicans who tried to recruit him to compete for a Democratic-held seat that the G.O.P. believed could determine control of the Senate. Instead, Mr. Sununu […]

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On Chicago’s West Side, Urgent Needs Collide With Washington Compromises

“Next time a politician comes here and has a taco and thinks they’re going to win over all the blue voters, remember this,” said the activist, Troy Hernandez, an environmental scientist from Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization. He is now a member of the local Green Party and is running for office. Other local […]

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Biden Nabs a Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Finally! After months of excruciating negotiations, President Biden gets to take a victory lap in celebration of his own Big Freaking Deal. Shortly before midnight Friday, the House passed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package on a 228-to-206 vote — including 13 G.O.P. votes in an era of mind-numbing partisanship. With the bill on its […]

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The Politics of a Sleeveless Silhouette

For instance, one study started with the observation that many politicians choose not to wear eyeglasses because they believe that glasses project infirmity and old age. But the researchers came to the conclusion that politicians might be making a mistake; they found that glasses seemed to actually help politicians because wearing them also connotes intelligence. […]

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House Democrats Hunt for Votes to Pass Biden’s Domestic Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Democrats struggled on Thursday to line up the votes needed to push through a $1.85 trillion social safety net, climate and tax bill, as moderates raised concerns about the cost and details of the rapidly evolving plan. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California privately told her top deputies that she hoped to hold […]

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Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation to restore parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act weakened by Supreme Court rulings, making it the second major voting bill to be derailed by a G.O.P. filibuster in the past two weeks. Despite receiving majority support, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named for the […]

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Democrats, Stung by Electoral Losses, Press Forward on Biden Agenda

WASHINGTON — Smarting from an off-year electoral rebuke, congressional Democrats pushed forward on Wednesday toward House votes this week on nearly $3 trillion worth of social policy, infrastructure and climate change programs — but with a deep new worry after Tuesday’s stunning losses: Would a legislative victory help or hurt their political standing? The day […]

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Republicans Are Expected to Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are expected on Wednesday to block legislation to restore parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act weakened by Supreme Court rulings, making it the second major voting bill to be derailed by a G.O.P. filibuster in the past two weeks. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named for the civil […]

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