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Pelosi casts doubts on new Senate infrastructure plan
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. A bipartisan group of ten Senate moderates on Thursday reached a deal for an infrastructure plan that a source familiar said would cost $974 billion over five years and includes $579 billion in new spending. "If this (bipartisan plan) is something that can be agreed upon, I don't know how we can possibly sell it unless we know there is more to come," Pelosi told CNN's "State of the Union." Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said that while Democrats are seeking a bipartisan infrastructure deal, they are simultaneously pursuing reconciliation. Collins told CBS that the bipartisan infrastructure plan would be partly paid for by unspent funds previously appropriated for dealing with COVID-19.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Pelosi, CNN's, Susan Collins, Collins, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin Organizations: REUTERS, Senate, Congress, Republican, CBS, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
Pelosi says new Senate infrastructure plan could be a hard sell
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. A bipartisan group of ten Senate moderates on Thursday reached a deal for an infrastructure plan that a source familiar said would cost $974 billion over five years and includes $579 billion in new spending. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said that while Democrats are seeking a bipartisan infrastructure deal, they are simultaneously pursuing reconciliation. A leading House progressive Democrat said she preferred Democrats to pass their priorities without Republican votes rather than settling for "much less" in a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Collins told CBS that the bipartisan infrastructure plan would be partly paid for by unspent COVID-19 funds: "There's literally hundreds of billions of dollars in the pipeline."
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Pelosi says she has 'no intention' of abandoning Democrats infrastructure goals
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinU.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on CNN on Sunday that she has "no intention" of abandoning parts of Democrats' infrastructure goals not included in a proposal put forward on Thursday by a group of 10 Senate moderates. A source familiar with the deal reached by 10 senators said it would cost $974 billion over five years and includes $579 billion in new spending. That was well below President Joe Biden's current $1.7 trillion proposal. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's Organizations: REUTERS, House, CNN, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
From left, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a work session during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, in August 2019. But the G-7 is where decisions that will shape U.S. international relations and the world will or won't be made. President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One after landing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month. Joe Biden, then the vice president, met with Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, in Moscow in March 2011. Covid-19 looms large"I think it's no exaggeration to say that Friday's G-7 is a life-and-death matter," former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said this week at an event hosted by Chatham House.
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No U.S. Senate infrastructure deal yet-Senate Republican Leader McConnell
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is flanked by Senators' Roy Blunt (R-MO) and John Thune (R-SD) as he speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinU.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he has not been informed of any tentative deal on a bipartisan infrastructure investment package being negotiated among senators. "Not that I know of," McConnell said when asked by a reporter whether such a tentative deal had been reached among a group of 10 Democratic and Republican senators. "I think there is still talking going on as far as I know," he added. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, John Thune, Evelyn Hockstein, McConnell Organizations: Senators, Republican, Capitol, REUTERS, Senate Republican, Democratic, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
Senate Republican leader McConnell to new infrastructure plan: Collins
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) faces reporters after the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has told fellow Republicans he is open to a new bipartisan infrastructure plan, Republican Senator Susan Collins said on Thursday.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Evelyn Hockstein WASHINGTON, Susan Collins Organizations: Republican, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S . Locations: Washington , U.S
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also told the group his was open to their ideas, Republicans said. Schumer said work was still progressing on two tracks - one a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the other a measure that if brought to the floor, could pass with only Democratic votes through a maneuver called reconciliation that bypasses the rule requiring 60 votes for bills to advance. Biden and Schumer have talked about such a two-track approach“I was told verbally, stuff, I’ve asked for paper, I’ll look at it,” Schumer said. He and Democratic Senator Jon Tester also spoke of a provision that might raise revenue by having the Internal Revenue Service go after tax cheats. In the latest bipartisan discussions, Republican lawmakers said the group reached tentative conclusions on specific spending provisions that it would pay for without raising taxes.
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Asia Brown, left, sits with veteran clinic escort Derenda Hancock outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., on May 20. Dr. Coleman Boyd, a protester, confronts a woman leaving the Jackson Women's Health Organization on May 20. An anti-abortion protester outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization holds rubber fetuses that she hands to women hoping to dissuade them from having abortions. Many of the women who come to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, known as the "Pink House," are Black. A privacy fence at the only abortion clinic in Mississippi has not deterred Dr. Coleman Boyd, an anti-abortion demonstrator, from approaching patients.
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Republicans see progress in bipartisan U.S. infrastructure talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( David Morgan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinRepublican members of a bipartisan group trying to forge a new deal to boost U.S. infrastructure reported some progress on Thursday after their Senate leader Mitch McConnell told them he was open to such a plan. said Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the bipartisan negotiators. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said other Republicans had also been receptive: "We're talking to individuals one by one, and so far, folks have said they're open to what we're doing." Senator Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat on the negotiating group, told reporters that "Things are going in the right direction." "Depends on how you talk about raising taxes," Senator Jeanne Shaheen replied.
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FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday suggested “serious charges” are still coming in the criminal investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Wray testified that the FBI considered the attack an act of "domestic terrorism." "In my role as FBI director, because that's a term that has legal meaning, I really have to be careful about using words like that," Wray said. "The FBI's inaction in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 is simply baffling," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said. Asked whether the FBI was investigating Trump or his associate Roger Stone, Wray said he could neither confirm nor deny any FBI investigation.
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Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) looks on as he departs after attending a bipartisan work group meeting on an infrastructure bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. Senator Mitt Romney said on Wednesday the bipartisan group working to hammer out a deal on infrastructure would not raise taxes as part of their plan. read moreA bipartisan group of senators also met on Tuesday to discuss the next steps on infrastructure. Republicans including Romney, Bill Cassidy and Rob Portman, and Democrats, including key swing votes Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, were among those who attended. Portman said the bipartisan group will meet again on Wednesday and will be presenting to other members.
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Revamping America's infrastructure is a high priority for Biden, but his proposal has run into trouble in a Congress only narrowly controlled by his fellow Democrats, making Republican support pivotal. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. Tester said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
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Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. "We're not raising taxes," Romney told reporters. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
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A Democratic member of the group, Senator Jon Tester, said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes though he was not committed to that approach. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Republicans have shown no appetite for tax increases, having strongly backed a 2017 tax cut law signed by former President Donald Trump. Separately, a bipartisan group of 58 House lawmakers led by Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Brian Fitzpatrick known as the Problem Solvers Caucus released a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The caucus has been working with the bipartisan group of senators, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Brown, you'd, it's, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Josh Gottheimer, Brian Fitzpatrick Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, Banking, Biden, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) departs after attending a bipartisan work group meeting on an infrastructure bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | ReutersBipartisan groups in Congress will try to craft an infrastructure bill after talks between President Joe Biden and Republicans collapsed. Bipartisan negotiators in the House and Senate have not come near a consensus on how to pay for infrastructure investments. A group of Democratic and GOP senators and the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus are trying to put together possible compromises. The Democratic-led House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will also consider a five-year surface transportation funding bill on Wednesday.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, Biden, Biden's, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Chuck Schumer Organizations: U.S, Capitol, Reuters, Republicans, Senate, Democratic, Republican, White, House Transportation, Infrastructure Locations: Washington , U.S, Europe
Pentagon issues directive on countering China, but offers few details
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin looks on during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinU.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued an internal directive calling for several initiatives to counter China, U.S officials said on Wednesday, but few specifics were provided on how they would be different from efforts already underway. The United States has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy for several years now, with both countries at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea. The directive is the result of recommendations made by a Pentagon task force that was set up in February by President Joe Biden. But the budget has come under criticism from lawmakers and experts as not focusing enough on the near-term risks from China.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, Jens Stoltenberg, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Ashley Townshend Organizations: Defense, NATO, Pentagon, REUTERS, . Defense, United, Biden, United States Studies, University of Sydney, Thomson Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S, China, United States
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the IRS budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., June 8, 2021. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday called on U.S. policymakers to directly tackle issues presented by the growing use of cryptocurrency, while saying a Federal Reserve-backed digital currency shows "great promise." "The threats posted by crypto show that Congress and federal regulators can't continue to hide out, hoping that crypto will go away. Warren threw support behind the Federal Reserve's consideration of a digital dollar, saying it could boost poorer Americans and streamline the payments system if properly designed. The hearing held by the Senate Banking Committee marked one of the most focused debates yet in Congress on the implications of a Fed-backed digital currency.
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U.S. Senate set to pass sweeping bill to address China tech threat
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinThe U.S. Senate on Tuesday is set to approve a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country's ability to compete with Chinese technology, as Congress increasingly seeks to take a tough line against Beijing. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has said the funding could result in seven to 10 new U.S. semiconductor plants. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who co-sponsored the legislation, said the United States spends less than 1% of gross domestic product on basic scientific research, less than half of what China does. The bill must also pass the House of Representatives to be sent to the White House for Biden to sign into law. It's not clear what legislation in the House will look like or when they might take it up.
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REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinThe Biden administration is expected to announce steps to combat human trafficking, smuggling and corruption in Guatemala on Monday as U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits the Central American nation for talks with President Alejandro Giammattei. Harris is expected to meet Giammattei at 10.35 am ET and to hold a news conference at 12.35 pm ET. Harris called President Giammattei when the Biden administration announced it would start sending an initial 25 million surplus vaccines to other countries, she said. Last week Giammattei said the United States would supply half a million COVID-19 doses to the Central American country. The TPS program allows people already in the United States to stay and work legally if their home countries have been affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other events that prevent their safe return.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Alejandro Giammattei, Evelyn Hockstein, Biden, Harris, Symone Sanders, Giammattei Organizations: White, REUTERS, Central, Central American, TPS, Thomson Locations: U.S, Mexico, Washington , U.S, Guatemala, Central American, United States
United States imposes visa restrictions over Cameroon separatist crisis
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.64   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken disembarks his plane as he arrives for his visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolThe United States stepped up pressure for a peaceful resolution to Cameroon's conflict between state forces and English-speaking rebels on Monday, imposing visa restrictions on individuals believed to be undermining efforts to end the crisis. Announcing the visa sanctions, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was deeply concerned by the continued insecurity and called for both sides to negotiate for peace. He did not say which individuals might be affected by the visa restrictions. In 2019, the Trump administration ended Cameroon's preferential trade benefits citing extrajudicial killings, torture and other human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces.
Persons: Antony Blinken disembarks, Evelyn Hockstein, Antony Blinken, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica, States, United States
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), speaks during a news conference on infrastructure with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Peter DeFazio said in a statement the proposal seizes on a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation planning out of the 1950s and toward our clean energy future." The plan introduced by DeFazio and other senior committee Democrats would authorize $343 billion on roads, bridges and safety - including $4 billion in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The roughly 1,000-page proposal comes as President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans are in talks over a massive jump in U.S. infrastructure spending. DeFazio's plan also calls for $109 billion for transit and $95 billion for rail, including tripling funding for U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak to $32 billion.
Persons: Peter DeFazio, Nancy Pelosi, Evelyn Hockstein, DeFazio, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Transportation, Capitol, REUTERS, . House Democrats, House Transportation, Senate Republicans, Republicans, Environment, Public, U.S, Amtrak, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
U.S. expresses 'deep concern' about Guatemala anti-corruption backlash
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.91   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken disembarks his plane as he arrives for his visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed "deep concern" to his Guatemalan counterpart on Friday about efforts to abolish a leading anti-corruption unit in the attorney general's office, a U.S. spokesman said. "We are closely following the recent challenges to anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. "The Secretary expressed deep concern about any efforts to abolish anti-corruption offices, such as FECI," Price said. "The preservation of independent institutions that fight corruption and impunity is fundamental to addressing challenges to security, prosperity, and governance in Guatemala," Price said.
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U.S. to detail global distribution plan for 80 mln vaccine doses
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Humeyra Pamuk | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolThe United States will announce in the next two weeks how it plans to distribute 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses it has pledged globally, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. Blinken said the announcement would reveal the criteria and details of the process but that the United States would focus on the equitable distribution and work in coordination of the COVAX vaccine sharing facility. As the pandemic outlook within the United States brightens with advancing vaccinations, the aid pledge is central to the administration's drive to use U.S. vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy. Costa Rica's Alvarado stressed that his country was hoping for prompt news on vaccine distribution. Earlier on Tuesday, the World Bank urged the United States to free up excess vaccines.
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U.S., Mexico discuss migration, COVID-19 vaccines ahead of Harris visit
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, in San Jose, Costa Rica June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexico's foreign minister on Wednesday discussed cooperation on migration and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ahead of a visit to Mexico by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, the Mexican government said. "The officials discussed the common vision of both governments in relation to addressing the structural causes of migration," the statement said. Equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region was part of the discussion, Mexico said. The leaders also discussed preparations ahead of the Harris visit to Mexico on June 8, the statement said.
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Blinken urges Central America to help on migrants, flags democracy concerns
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.69   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado Quesada during a visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Central America's governments to do more to contain illegal immigration and expressed concerns about the health of democracy and human rights in the region during a visit on Tuesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Blinken said the United States wanted to hear from its partners in the region about their shared commitment to tackling the challenge posed by migration. That drive has been clouded by concern about corruption and signs of authoritarianism among regional leaders. Blinken traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, to hold talks with leaders from Central America and Mexico.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Costa, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Evelyn Hockstein, Carlos Alvarado, Blinken, Joe Biden Organizations: Costa Rica's, REUTERS, U.S, Costa Rican, Central, Washington, United, COVID, Thomson Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica, Central, United States, U.S, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Central America
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