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On Infrastructure, Biden Tests the Limits of Having It Both Ways
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Jim Tankersley | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: +2 min
His agreement with Senate centrists, including at least five Republicans, includes just under $600 billion in new federal spending, focused on physical infrastructure like highways and broadband. “Neither side got everything they wanted in this deal, and that’s what it means to compromise,” Mr. Biden told reporters in the East Room. “If this is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it,” Mr. Biden said, just moments after extolling the virtues of consensus. “The bottom line is both tracks need to make progress concurrently.”Top Republicans were quick to denounce the two-step. They do not expect Republicans to walk away from the agreement struck this week.
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But the Democrats whose districts were hit hardest by the SALT cap are offering a new argument. "The puzzle doesn’t get built if we don’t address the SALT deduction," he said. 'A SALT march, like Gandhi did'Some liberal Democrats are also leery of expanding the SALT deduction. "The SALT deduction cap threatens our ability to keep making those investments," she said. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said he represents middle class people "severely affected" by the SALT cap, who want relief.
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The G-21 talks have focused on a $1.2 trillion, eight-year spending plan, with a mix of new and repurposed funding. “I’m hopeful we can get a positive response from the White House today,” he told CNBC in an interview. The two sides will meet at the White House at 11:45 a.m. EDT (1545 GMT), the White House said in a statement. STICKING POINTThe White House opened talks with the group after Biden broke off negotiations with Republican Senator Shelley Capito. The White House said her proposals had fallen short of meeting “the essential needs of our country”.
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Biden gives green light to bipartisan infrastructure plan
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( David Morgan | Richard Cowan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday embraced a bipartisan Senate deal to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects, building roads, bridges and highways and helping stimulate the economy. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), following a bipartisan meeting with U.S. senators about the proposed framework for the infrastructure bill, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque“We have a deal,” Biden told reporters, flanked by Democratic and Republican senators who wrote the $1.2 trillion proposal, which came after months of White House negotiations with lawmakers. Democratic and Republican members of the group displayed high spirits, chuckling and smiling together at microphones in the driveway of the White House. Biden was due to speak further about the deal at the White House at 2 p.m.
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The second measure would be passed through a Senate maneuver called reconciliation here, which would allow it to take effect without Republican votes. “I expect that in the coming months this summer, before the fiscal year is over, that we will have voted on this (bipartisan) bill - the infrastructure bill - as well as voted on the budget resolution,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “It almost makes your head spin.”McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer have not been directly involved with the bipartisan infrastructure talks. Slideshow ( 6 images )RECONCILIATION REDUXPelosi said the House would vote on the bipartisan bill only after the Senate had also approved the additional reconciliation bill. Republicans chafed at his definition of infrastructure, which included fighting climate change and providing care for children and the elderly.
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House to form select committee on Capitol invasion, Pelosi says
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Kevin Breuninger | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that her chamber will establish a select committee to investigate the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. The select committee will investigate and report on the facts of the event and its causes, and will make recommendations on how to prevent similar attacks in the future, Pelosi said. Pelosi noted that she hoped a broader commission could still be formed to look into the invasion, saying she sees the House committee as a "complementary" panel, rather than as a replacement. "I'm hopeful that that could still happen at some point," Pelosi said of a Jan. 6 commission bill passing Congress. "That is what the select committee will be about, and that is about seeking and finding the truth," she said.
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A group of Republican and Democratic senators struck a bipartisan infrastructure deal on Thursday. Biden had proposed hiking the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, after the rate had been slashed from 35% in Trump's 2017 tax law. Instead, a document outlining the bipartisan deal lists reducing the tax gap — the gap between taxes owed and collected — as one potential way to offset spending. He cited an estimate from IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig that the tax gap could be in the ballpark of $1 trillion a year. In remarks following the deal's announcement, Biden said he looked forward to receiving the bipartisan physical infrastructure deal, as well as a "human infrastructure" bill that will likely just garner party-line support.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Mitch McConnell, Sen, Mark Warner, Charles Rettig, Warner, I'm Organizations: Republican, Democratic, Service, GOP, American Families, IRS
In 1980, Senate Republicans won a majority for the first time in 26 years, breaking the Democrats’ hammerlock on the chamber. After Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked consideration of marquee voting rights legislation, Democrats are closer than ever to ending the filibuster. The eagerness of many Senate Democrats to abolish the filibuster reflects a case of epic legislative amnesia about the rule’s double-edged nature. Senate Democrats in 2019 used it to block construction of Trump’s border wall. Senate Democrats only feel differently now because they hold the majority and are frustrated by being on the other side of the coin.
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Christina Pushaw, Press Secretary for the Executive Office of Governor DeSantis told Reuters via email that he did not make such a statement. The claim also misleadingly suggests that states law enforcement can arrest federal law officers for enforcing federal law or executive orders. The Supremacy Clause ( here ) states that “the federal constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions”. Spencer explained that executive orders “must be ‘valid’ in order to preempt state law. If a court has ruled that an executive order is unconstitutional “then the order is null and void and doesn’t have to be followed”, Stephanopoulos added.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sought agreement on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan by the end of business on Thursday, with President Joe Biden awaiting final numbers and multiple meetings with White House officials on the agenda. Although not taking part directly, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, in an interview with Fox News Radio, called the talks “constructive” but said it was “too early to say” whether a deal would emerge. The White House turned its attention to the group of 21 senators after Biden rejected a Republican infrastructure proposal just over two weeks ago. Asked how he felt about the bipartisan infrastructure plan, Biden told reporters: “I’ll tell you that when I get the final numbers tonight.”A sticking point is how to pay for it. Schumer has said he plans to hold a July vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill and follow up in the autumn with a second Democratic-only measure.
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Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday criticized Republicans for blocking a voting rights bill. He compared their views to those of senators opposed to civil rights reforms in the '60s. In an attack on Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer compared his Republican counterpart's opposition to a bill to protect voting rights to senators who fought against civil rights reforms in the '60s. In his response, Schumer compared McConnell's position to that of senators in the 1960s who opposed federal legislation to protect civil rights and the voting rights of Black Americans. The 1965 Voting Rights Acts and the 1964 Civil Rights Act were landmark pieces of legislation passed during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, designed to overcome racist state laws that targeted Black communities.
Persons: Sen, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Schumer, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Jim Crow, Joe Manchin Organizations: Republican, Republicans, Tuesday, GOP, Southern, Senate Democrats, Democrats Locations: Georgia, Arizona, West Virginia
Live Live Updates: Harris to Visit Southern Border Amid Republican Criticism Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to El Paso on Friday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. President Biden is set to deliver remarks on gun violence as homicides rise in some cities, raising concerns about efforts to overhaul policing. The visit will come just days before former President Donald J. Trump is set to visit the border with a group of House Republicans and Gov. While she said no one likes the conservatorship, she does not expect any push by the Biden administration to end it anytime soon. Mr. Biden dispatched aides to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for discussions that his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said yielded progress.
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Elections-Law Vote to Test Democrats’ Unity Amid GOP Opposition
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Siobhan Hughes | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
The vote is to begin debate on the matter, after which narrower substitute language based on Mr. Manchin’s proposal would get a vote. “We shouldn’t have to debate voting rights on the floor of the United States Senate,” Mr. Schumer said on Monday. Mr. Manchin said he wanted to preserve the ability of states to require identification, although he proposed allowing records such as utility bills to count as ID. Mr. Manchin opposed this provision. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Where do you think the votes in the Senate will land on an expanded voting bill?
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republicans in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked an election reform bill considered a top priority by Democrats seeking to offset a wave of laws passed by Republican-led state legislatures that impose new limits on voting. The 50-50 party-line vote fell short of the 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation in the Senate, sparking new calls by some Democrats to rethink that rule, known as the filibuster. Republicans argued that the bill infringed on states’ rights to set voting policy. Those claims were rejected by multiple courts, state election authorities and Trump’s own administration. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona.
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It's not a vote on this bill or that bill. It's a vote on whether the Senate should simply debate voting rights," he said Monday. Schumer pre-emptively criticized Republicans for opposing the vote, saying the GOP "doesn't even want to debate" the issue. The bill consists of a expansive wish list of progressive priorities, such as requiring 15 days of early voting and mail-in voting. After the vote, Democrats will likely face renewed pressure from their base to abolish the filibuster to push the bill through, but they don't currently have the votes to do that.
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The RNC shelled out $175,000 for a donor event at Mar-a-Lago this May. That sum is just a fraction of what the RNC has spent at Trump properties over the last 14 years. According to FEC data, the RNC spent over $2.6 million at Trump businesses since 2007. At this particular donor event, Trump made an appearance, calling minority leader Mitch McConnell a "dumb son of a b----h" during a 50-minute-long speech. Most of the RNC's expenditure at Trump's businesses came after he was anointed the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016.
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Democrats' voting rights plan faces long odds in U.S. Senate
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Richard Cowan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Voting stickers are seen at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio U.S., October 28, 2016. "How does making it a crime to give food or water to voters waiting in long lines at the polls deter voter fraud?" Republicans say the state measures are needed to stop fraud, which former President Donald Trump falsely claimed resulted in his November defeat. That would require winning over moderate Democrat Joe Manchin, who opposes the House bill and a companion Senate bill and has been trying to find Republicans to join a bipartisan measure. But the Constitution also allows Washington to alter those rules, and Democrats argue they are only setting some minimum standards for states.
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Industry representatives have aggressively lobbied against the proposal, which would increase the corporate tax rate to 28%, from the current 21%. These disclosures show that the U.S. firms’ relatively low effective tax rates stem from business-friendly provisions unique to the United States. Johnson & Johnson, for instance, paid an effective tax rate of less than 11% in 2020, according to the company’s annual report. Activision reported that it reduced its overall effective tax rate in 2020 by 4 percentage points because of the low tax rates paid by its foreign subsidiaries. Sport apparel giant Nike Inc (NKE.N), for instance, lowered its effective tax rate by 2 percentage points in 2020 through R&D credits.
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Barack Obama said he backed Sen. Joe Manchin's voting reform bill compromises. Manchin suggested ideas to overcome GOP opposition to a bill defending voting rights. Former President Barack Obama said he supports a compromise deal proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin to defend voting rights. Obama said that Manchin's proposal was one of the only viable ways to combat a state-by-state voting suppression drive by the Republican Party. A comprehensive Democratic bill defending voter rights, the For the People Act, is expected to be blocked by Republicans when its brought to the Senate this week.
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Live Live Updates: Voting Rights Bill and Filibuster Expected to Collide Democratic leaders plan to call a test vote to try to advance a sweeping voting rights bill, known as the For the People Act, though they are all but certain to fail in the face of united Republican opposition. The Senate’s voting rights bill will almost certainly run into the filibuster on Tuesday. Mr. Manchin opposed key planks in the original For the People Act as too intrusive into the rights of states to regulate their elections. On Monday, former President Barack Obama tepidly endorsed Mr. Manchin’s version as the best chance to pass a new federal voting law. “I’ll be honest, the bill doesn’t have everything I’d like to see in a voting rights bill.
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Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the passage of Democrats' flagship voting rights bill. includes massive expansions of voting rights and campaign finance overhauls. With S. 1 filibustered and GOP lawmakers unwilling to accept a "slimmed down" version of the bill, the path forward on voting rights is unclear. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the passage of the For The People Act, Democrats' flagship bill expanding voting rights and overhauling campaign finance and ethics laws, in a widely-expected filibuster. Now, with S. 1 filibustered and Republicans unwilling to accept Manchin's version of the bill, the congressional path forward on voting rights is unclear.
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Senate Republicans block debate on voting rights bill
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.78   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSenate Republicans block debate on voting rights billNBC’s Sahil Kapur joins ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ to discuss Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans blocking debate on the voting rights bill. Vice President Kamala Harris says the fight for voting rights is not over.
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And it isn't just Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who oppose rewriting the rules of the Senate. That appears likely to happen again this week with the Democratic voting bill, which has been rejected as a nonstarter by the GOP and reflects a lengthy wish list of liberal priorities. This round will test those senators who say they support overhauling voting laws, but not the drastic step of killing the filibuster for it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that "all Republicans" will oppose the voting bill in its current form, even with changes Manchin has proposed seeking compromise. And while Democrats say their voting bill is necessary to save democracy, conservatives counter that rewriting election rules on a party line basis would only harm public confidence in elections.
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Gail Collins: Bret, it’s been a while between conversations and although I’ve been on vacation I have noticed a lot of … stuff. Action-stopping Joe Manchin? Years ago I won a minor journalism award on the strength of my mockery of Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. I really don’t understand how some liberals attack the filibuster as some kind of emblem of white supremacy when both Barack Obama and Joe Biden were defending its sanctity during a period of Republican control of the Senate. Come to think of it, as Democratic senators past and present go, I think I like Manchin almost as much as I like the other Joe — Lieberman, that is.
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REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - When the U.S. Senate this week votes on a sweeping election-reform bill, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will play a role he relishes: Roadblock to the Democratic agenda. McConnell earned the nicknames "Grim Reaper" and "Dr. No" after establishing a long track record for blocking Democratic initiatives stretching back into President Barack Obama's second term. "Mitch has been nothing but 'no' for a long time," Democratic President Joe Biden told reporters last week, as he prepared to return from Europe. "Not true," replied McConnell, who says he wants Biden to stick to moderate policies. A compromise plan offered by moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, which Democrats could advance as an alternative, is unlikely to fare any better.
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