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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a deal on a bipartisan infrastructure package, endorsing a proposal by a group of 10 senators, a significant boost to one of his top legislative priorities. “We have a deal,” Biden said in a surprise appearance outside the White House. Where I come from that's good enough for me." Biden said he'll seek to "attract all the Democrats" to support a separate package that addresses his "human infrastructure proposals." "I'm pleased to see we were able to come together on a core infrastructure package," he said, adding that it will be done "without new taxes."
Persons: Joe Biden, ” Biden, they've, Biden, he'll, Sen, Rob Portman, I'm, Susan Collins, We've, Kyrsten Sinema Organizations: WASHINGTON, Congress Locations: Ohio, Maine
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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WASHINGTON — A key moderate Democratic senator opened the door Tuesday to investing in President Joe Biden's "human infrastructure" proposals and unwinding some of the Republican tax cuts of 2017. "I've come to the knowledge, basically, that budget reconciliation is for reconciling budgets. So it's money matters," Manchin told NBC News, calling for bolstering "human infrastructure" — Biden's term for investments in child care, community college and paid leave — and raising tax revenues to fund them. A budget reconciliation bill is a rare way for his party to bypass Republicans without abolishing the 60-vote rule. Democratic leaders say they hope to advance Biden's infrastructure and economic plans in July.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, Sen, Joe Manchin, Manchin, Bernie Sanders, we’ve Organizations: Democratic, NBC News, Republicans, West, West Virginia Democrat Locations: West Virginia
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.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Chuck Schumer, It's, Donald Trump, Schumer, emptively, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Sen, Joe Manchin, Roy Blunt, Barack Obama Organizations: Republican, Democratic, GOP, Senate, Republicans, Monmouth University Locations: Georgia
Senate Republicans block debate on voting rights bill
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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.
Persons: Sen, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, , Mark Kelly, Maggie Hassan, John Hickenlooper, Phil Bredesen, it’s, Hickenlooper, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Manchin, Eli Zupnick, Sinema, Jacky Rosen, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, isn’t, Jessica Anderson Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Republicans, Democratic, GOP, Republican, Tennessee Gov, Kentucky Republican, Heritage Action, America Locations: Washington, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Tennessee
WASHINGTON — A progressive group is launching a seven-figure ad campaign aiming to pressure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to support abolition of the filibuster as the Senate eyes a vote to advance major voting rights legislation. "You're refusing to stand with us, Sen. Sinema. Sinema is a cosponsor of the "For The People Act," an amended version of which is headed for a Senate vote on Tuesday. Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have been vocal proponents of preserving the 60-vote rule. Sinema is not up for re-election until 2024, but the ad campaign highlights growing tension between her and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
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Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Thursday that the committee is considering a $6 trillion spending figure. There's no realistic chance that Democrats will finish the bill before the monthlong August recess. "We're just starting to meet now with committee chairs and the caucuses to get their input and putting it together," House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said in an interview. A group of five House Democrats is demanding debt stabilization measures, which the left rejects. In the meantime, Biden will have to decide whether to embrace or reject the bipartisan $579 billion infrastructure framework backed by 11 Republicans, who haven't released key details.
Persons: Bernie Sanders, Sen, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin, Joe Biden's, Sanders, We're, John Yarmuth, Yarmuth, Pramila Jayapal, Biden, haven't, Mitch McConnell, We've, Mitt Romney, Brian Schatz, Tester Organizations: Progressives, Moderate, Democratic, Republican, Senate, MSNBC, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Green New Deal, New, New Jersey Democrats, Republicans, White, GOP Locations: WASHINGTON, Ky, New York, New Jersey, R, Utah, Hawaii, China
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Congress wrestled with what the new era of federal health care policy would look like after the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the latest existential challenge to Obamacare. "And now, we’re going to try to make it bigger and better — establish, once and for all, affordable health care as a basic right of every American citizen." "We will continue to work to lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs," Pelosi told reporters. For now, there's no consensus among Republicans on what an alternative health care system should look like. Romney said that while he couldn't predict future lawsuits, any major health care changes in the near term would likely have to come from Congress.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Joe Biden's, Nancy Mace, Donald Trump, Mace, it's, Sen, Mitt Romney, Romney, there's, Jonathan Adler, Adler Organizations: WASHINGTON, Lawmakers, Affordable, Democratic, MSNBC, ACA, Case Western Reserve Locations: R, Utah
Bipartisan support for an infrastructure deal grew Wednesday, as 21 senators — including 11 Republicans — publicly backed the proposal, a signal that talks have progressed as the White House-imposed deadline looms. “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. The statement provides no substantive details, but it is significant that 11 Republicans support the plan, which needs 60 votes to pass. Their public support indicates that Republicans feel the urgency to reach a deal on popular physical infrastructure measures soon or risk Democrats cutting them out of the process. A Monmouth University poll released earlier Wednesday found that 68 percent of American voters favor Biden's infrastructure proposal, including 41 percent of Republicans, while 29 percent oppose it.
Persons: Republicans —, , Richard Burr of, Bill Cassidy of, Susan Collins of, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, Lindsey Graham of, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, Sen, Jerry Moran, Kansas, there's, Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, It's, Pramila Jayapal, Chris Van Hollen, Andrew Bates Organizations: Republicans, Republican, Democratic, Todd Young of Indiana, GOP, Congressional Progressive Caucus, NBC, Biden, White House, NBC News, Monmouth University Locations: Sens, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Alaska, Ohio, Utah, South Dakota, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., opened the door to a compromise on voting legislation Wednesday with a memo outlining provisions of federal voting and campaign finance legislation that he would support. Manchin has emerged as a key figure in his party's fight to pass federal legislation aimed at protecting voting rights. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said no Republicans will vote the For the People Act and argued the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is unnecessary. "We've got to find a way to get voting rights, period," he told NBC News in a recent interview. "And this is a very optimistic moment in the trajectory of ensuring expanded voting rights."
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He said bipartisan talks would continue to try to find a deal with Republicans. The two most conservative Democrats haven't said how they would vote, but they notably kept the door open to Schumer's two-track approach. Top Senate Republicans split over whether Democrats' pursuit of a party-line bill would damage prospects of a bipartisan deal. "That sends a signal that he really doesn't want to do a bipartisan bill. Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said that if Republicans agree to a bipartisan deal, they could make it tougher for Democrats to secure the votes for a separate party-line bill.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Biden, Chuck Schumer, , Schumer, haven't, Sen, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, Tina Smith, Steve Ricchetti, Peter Welch, Richard Neal, Neal, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Mitch McConnell, John Thune Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrats, Democratic, Republican, Republicans, American Families, White, Top Locations: Ky
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to confirm President Joe Biden's nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Jackson, 50, who was educated at Harvard, has served on the U.S. District Court in Washington since 2013, having been appointed by then-President Barack Obama. Courts-focused Democrats see Jackson as being on the shortlist, if not a front-runner, for a Supreme Court vacancy should one open up during the Biden administration. The courts-focused liberal group Demand Justice has elevated Jackson in a recent ad campaign to build support for her among Black audiences. "Judge Jackson's experience as a public defender makes her a model for the type of judge President Biden and Senate Democrats should continue to prioritize."
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WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor took a page from Ruth Bader Ginsburg's playbook on Monday when she argued that Congress could counteract a Supreme Court ruling. The court's unanimous decision held that the text of the First Step Act, a criminal justice overhaul enacted in 2018, does not allow certain inmates to have their sentences retroactively lowered as a result of the new guidelines. "Indeed, the bipartisan lead sponsors of the First Step Act have urged this Court to hold that the Act 'makes retroactive relief broadly available to all individuals sentenced for crack-cocaine offenses before the Fair Sentencing Act,'" Sotomayor wrote, citing a brief by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a lead author of the law. "Once again, the ball is in Congress’ court," she wrote, adding that "the Legislature may act" to correct what she argued was a "parsimonious reading" of the law by the justice. Two years later, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and President Barack Obama signed it into law, effectively reversing that court ruling.
Persons: Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's playbook, Sotomayor, Sen, Dick Durbin, Ginsburg, Lilly, Barack Obama Organizations: WASHINGTON
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is proving, again and again, that the road to making law goes through him. A pattern is emerging for legislation the majority seeks to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate: When McConnell supports it, it has a chance. That carries warnings for President Joe Biden's agenda, whether it's infrastructure or overhauling voting laws, as McConnell mobilizes to stymie his biggest ambitions. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said that Republicans elected McConnell as caucus leader "because we trust his judgment" and that he sometimes asks senators to vote with him. Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said during the Jan. 6 commission debate that "Mitch McConnell makes it extremely difficult" to get things done on a bipartisan basis in the Senate.
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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 10 senators said Thursday they had reached a tentative infrastructure deal, but skepticism from Republicans and impatience from Democrats left its prospects uncertain as lawmakers departed for the weekend. The other members of the group are Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., who faces re-election next year, said he favors a bipartisan deal as "the first option," without taking a simple-majority approach off the table. If we can do a bipartisan bill, that's great. "Hope we'll get some Republican votes."
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WASHINGTON — Democratic frustrations over drawn-out infrastructure negotiations boiled over on Wednesday after one failed bipartisan effort gave way to new talks, with grim prospects of bridging a chasm between the two parties. On Tuesday, Biden ended his negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who was trading offers with the president on behalf of Republican leadership for weeks. Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he's working to begin the process to allow a partisan vote, even as separate negotiations continue. "This country faces enormous crises," Sanders said, calling the Republican offers on physical infrastructure "totally inadequate." Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a member of the separate Senate bipartisan group, said it has "made good progress" and hopes to have a finished product soon.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Sen, Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, Martin Heinrich, Gina McCarthy, Bennet, Heinrich, Cortez, Pres, Biden, Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Chris Van Hollen, Sheldon Whitehouse, Shelley Moore Capito, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Jon Tester, I'm, Romney Organizations: WASHINGTON, Rep, Republicans —, Democratic, Biden, Senate, Senators, GOP, NBC, Twitter, Republican, Republicans Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, Sens, R, Utah, Ohio, West Virginia
Weeks of negotiations between the White House and Republicans failed to bring the two parties close to a deal. A White House official said they asked Republicans whether they could raise their offer by a significant amount, and they couldn’t. The White House is reviewing another bipartisan proposal from the House Problem Solvers Caucus, according to a source familiar with discussions. But questions persist about the viability of a bipartisan infrastructure plan. The bill is just one part of $4 trillion in infrastructure spending Democrats want but is expected to be the base of the House's infrastructure bill.
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WASHINGTON — New focus groups conducted by a prominent Democratic pollster warn that many voters "have trouble describing a clear positive vision of what the Democratic Party stands for." The Progressive Caucus is invested in passing a far-reaching bill to expand the economic safety net. And if we don't, it happens at our peril," said Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., a co-chair of the Progressive Caucus PAC. The Lake Research study said there was substantial overlap between swing voters, who oscillate between parties, and Democratic surge voters, who need some extra motivation to turn out. The study included six focus groups with voters from 13 swing districts, won in 2020 by Democrats and Republicans, a caucus spokesperson said.
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The two were advanced in committee last month, along with two other district court nominees and Ketanji Brown Jackson for the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. He said the Senate will "swiftly and consistently" process Biden's judicial picks, "bringing balance, experience and diversity back to the judiciary." She is seen as a likely short-lister for a Supreme Court vacancy should one open up during Biden's presidency. The precedent will enable Democrats to speedily confirm a number of Biden's nominees. There are 71 vacancies in district courts and nine openings in appeals courts, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
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WASHINGTON — The For the People Act isn't the only voting rights bill with problems. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Democrats are going about it wrong when he was asked about the prospects of the John Lewis act. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he doesn't have "a feel for" the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Cornyn argued that the existing provisions of the Voting Rights Act are enough to protect access to the ballot box, citing the "robust level of minority voting" across the country. "And whether any additional federal laws are needed, or is Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act sufficient to protect minority voting rights?
Persons: WASHINGTON, John Lewis, Sen, Lisa Murkowski, Murkowski, You've, Joe Manchin, Manchin, Susan Collins, John Cornyn of, Cornyn, Bernie Sanders, doesn't, Raphael Warnock, we've, Mike Rounds, Rounds, Richard Shelby, John Kennedy Organizations: Republican, Charleston Gazette, John Lewis Voting, Democratic, Department of Justice Locations: Alaska, Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, Georgia, Florida
"Right now, basically we need to be bipartisan," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday in West Virginia. "We need a bipartisan infrastructure bill," Manchin said on "Fox News Sunday." In an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said she is confident that "if there's a bipartisan vote," Manchin "will definitely be there." So does Joe Manchin. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is interviewed after a news conference in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama abandoned a public insurance option to win moderate support for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, progressives were enraged. Making a public option the law would require significant legislative work to flesh out. Senate Democratic aides working on a public option acknowledge that the drug issue has more momentum for now. It’s that it’s not ready for prime time,” Frederick Isasi, executive director of the health care advocacy group Families USA, said. There is some movement on a public option at the state level, where Nevada is set to create a new government insurance plan.
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Democratic veterans of the 2009 fight over the Affordable Care Act say it's déjà vu watching President Joe Biden hold another meeting Wednesday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the GOP’s point person on infrastructure. The White House is working to allay the fears within their party of a repeat of 2009 with infrastructure. The 2009 health care effort also began as broadly popular, but as negotiations continued for months, the politics changed. “Just like Obama in 2009, Biden is playing a tough hand,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former top adviser to Obama. Pfeiffer believes the bipartisan talks are a fool's errand.
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WASHINGTON — More than 100 liberal groups are urging Senate Democrats to abolish the 60-vote threshold, using the Republican blockade of a commission to investigate the Capitol riot as a rallying cry. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the two most outspoken proponents of the filibuster in the party. The liberals have a tough road ahead: Manchin has given no indication that the filibuster of the bill to create a Jan. 6 commission will motivate him to nuke the 60-vote threshold. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is a staunch proponent of the 60-vote threshold to advance legislation. Now, they see the failure of the effort to create a Jan. 6 commission as a way to press their case.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Democratic Sens, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten, Schumer, Eli Zupnick, Manchin, Sinema, Joe Biden's, hinging, Kamala Harris, Mitch McConnell Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republican, Sierra Club, Democratic, GOP, Senate, U.S, Capitol, Trump Locations: West Virginia, Arizona, Ky
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