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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans are due to hear details on Tuesday about a bipartisan proposal to revitalize America’s roads and bridges, which lawmakers believe could win support from the caucus as a part of President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinMembers of a bipartisan Senate group will discuss the proposal with Republican senators at their weekly policy lunch, Republican lawmakers and aides said on Monday evening. 2 Republican, told reporters that he expects Republican support for the proposal. But I think there would be substantial Republican support,” he said. “It’s my understanding that everybody has said that they could support reconciliation in some form.
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McConnell took a dour view on the likelihood of a bipartisan Senate group succeeding with an infrastructure bill. Pelosi signaled she's unwilling to strike a deal with Republicans if it meant substantially cutting the package. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell provided a downbeat view on the latest roughly $1 trillion infrastructure framework negotiated by a faction of centrist senators from both parties. The plan would provide just over $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending focused on roads, bridges, ports, and highways. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also appears to be against dropping climate initiatives if it means passing a watered-down bill with the GOP.
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But they're not enough, diplomats and foreign policy experts say. Both Biden and his top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have repeatedly said U.S. foreign policy first and foremost should benefit America's middle class. A LESS DEMOCRATIC AMERICA? A major underlying concern for many foreign allies is a fundamental one, many experts say - their faith in American democracy is shaken. Biden's Democratic Party operates on a razor-thin majority in the U.S. Congress, making it difficult to pass legislation and reset international goals.
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No U.S. Senate infrastructure deal yet-Senate Republican Leader McConnell
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) 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 | ) 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
Sen. Mitt Romney told Insider a bipartisan group was weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. Republicans and Democrats are eyeing an increase to the gas tax as both parties enter a chaotic last-ditch effort to strike a bipartisan infrastructure deal after a month of failed discussions between President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans. Romney told Insider on Thursday that the new working group was weighing indexing the gas tax to inflation. The White House previously said bumping the gas tax was off limits, given Biden's pledge to not hike taxes for households earning less than $400,000. "I actually think it's better ... until the cake is fully baked, to keep the ingredients quiet," he told Insider.
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Senate GOP messaging trumpets former President Trump more than the candidates. It's the unorthodox strategy of Sen. Rick Scott whose job is to help the GOP flip the Senate. Senate Republican reelection chief Rick Scott is using an unorthodox playbook to reclaim the majority in 2022. sticker featuring former President Trump in one of its fundraising emails. Senate Republicans picked up four seats that fall, turning the similarly narrowly-divided chamber into a slightly less stressful 55-45 affair.
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Republican infrastructure negotiator sees no quick deal with Biden
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( David Morgan | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
U.S. President Joe Biden gestures toward Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) during an infrastructure meeting with Republican Senators at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 13, 2021. "I don't think we'll come to an agreement today, but I still believe that there's a deal to be had here. She rejected the idea that her next round of talks with Biden could be make-or-break for a bipartisan package. One of those lawmakers, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, told reporters that his group's plan could come to the foreground if talks between Capito and Biden failed. "We're nailing down exactly where we are," Republican Senator Mitt Romney, another member of the bipartisan group, told reporters.
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Gender Wage Gap Legislation Blocked by Senate Republicans
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Siobhan Hughes | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans blocked legislation that Democrats said would narrow the gender-wage gap, a disparity that took on heightened significance during the pandemic as women disproportionately left the workforce or lost their jobs. The vote was 49-50 on a procedural motion to take up the legislation, with Democrats voting yes and all Republicans voting no. The legislation narrowly passed the House, 217-210, over the objection of many Republicans, who argue that the law would lead to a flurry of spurious lawsuits from employees seeking higher pay. The gap between women’s earnings and men’s pay has largely held steady in the past decade after years of narrowing. The gap has been little changed since touching its narrowest point in 2014.
Persons: Sen, Kirsten Gillibrand Organizations: Republicans, Republican, Labor Department Locations: WASHINGTON, N.Y
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference, after attending the G7 finance ministers meeting, at Winfield House in London, Britain June 5, 2021. "It's wrong for the United States," Republican Senator John Barrasso said of the tax deal struck on Saturday by finance ministers from the G7 wealthy democracies. In exchange, G7 countries agreed to end digital services taxes, but the timing for that is dependent on the new rules being implemented. TREATY OR NOTDaniel Bunn, an international tax expert at the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning think tank in Washington, said he believed that establishing new taxing rights on 100 multinational firms would require a new tax treaty. Manal Corwin, head of KPMG's Washington National Tax Practice and a former U.S. Treasury official, said Yellen's G7 deal could be done through legislation that overrides existing bilateral tax treaties - using a simple majority as part of budget reconciliation procedures.
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Treasury yields flat in pre-market trading as investors await inflation report
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Natasha Turak | ) sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was at 1.562% in pre-market trading, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was 2.238%. The dollar weakened slightly against the Japanese yen Tuesday to 109.26 yen as markets expect a higher inflation print. Investor focus is on new inflation signals later this week following Friday's jobs report. The U.S. added fewer jobs than expected in May, but the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% from 6.1% and markets reacted positively. May's NFIB Small Business Optimism Index will be released Tuesday.
Persons: Janet Yellen's Organizations: National Federation of Independent, Senate Republicans, Monday Locations: U.S
The White House is turning to a new working group that is eyeing stimulus money to pay for infrastructure. Senate Democrats are starting to signal they are prepared to ditch Republicans on infrastructure, as the Biden administration's talks with the GOP collapsed without a deal after more than a month. Biden was seeking at least $1 trillion in new spending, a significant cut from the initial $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan he unveiled in August. Biden also called Cassidy on Tuesday in a fresh sign of the White House's new efforts to cobble together a new coalition to support an infrastructure plan. Casey is pushing for funding for the infrastructure plan to include Biden's request for a $400 billion fund that would pay for older adults and people with disabilities to get care at home.
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(CNN) The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation on Tuesday aimed at countering China's growing influence by investing more than $200 billion in American technology, science and research . Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was the only member of the Democratic caucus to vote against the bill. That delay allowed the Senate to vote on whether to advance the January 6 commission legislation, which failed last month after Republicans blocked the bill. Ahead of the bill's passage on Tuesday, McConnell again argued that Schumer closed debate on the bill too soon and the legislation is "incomplete." The effort was the product of multiple Senate committees, making it one of the few areas of successful bipartisan cooperation in the Senate.
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is making it clear that he doesn’t want Democrats to advance key items on President Joe Biden’s agenda without Republican votes. Manchin spoke with NBC News on Thursday about negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans on an infrastructure package and whether he’s ready to go it alone with members of his own party if talks collapse. I really don't,” Manchin said following an event with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in Morgantown, West Virginia. Asked if he’s ready to pass a budget reconciliation bill that could allow Democrats to advance an infrastructure measure without GOP support, Manchin said, “No, I don't think you should. Talks are continuing between the White House and Senate Republicans, though Democrats have warned they might have to pass legislation on their own in a partisan process if an agreement is not reached soon.
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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
WASHINGTON—A Senate Republican leading efforts to reach a compromise on infrastructure legislation proposed a $50 billion spending increase from the latest GOP offer, a step that President Biden said fell short of what was necessary to reach an agreement. The new offer, further details of which weren’t yet clear, came during a Friday afternoon phone call between Mr. Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.), who is leading a group of Senate Republicans working to find common ground with the White House. Friday’s offer adding $50 billion brings the GOP proposal to $307 billion in new spending. The president and Mrs. Capito plan to speak again on Monday, and Mr. Biden said he would reach out to other lawmakers of both parties as he sought a compromise on the infrastructure package. After the Friday afternoon call concluded, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Capito said the senator and the president discussed the parties’ proposals.
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of State Katie Hobbs is documenting irregularities with the Maricopa County election audit. Hobbs told CNN on Thursday that the GOP-commissioned audit is "prime for cooking the books." Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has once again slammed the GOP-backed audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, suggesting that it was "prime for cooking the books." Jen Fifield, a reporter with The Arizona Republic, noticed blue pens being used back in April, when she raised the issue with Cyber Ninjas. Insider has contacted Cyber Ninjas and the Arizona Senate Republican Party for comment.
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U.S. President Joe Biden gestures toward Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) during an infrastructure meeting with Republican Senators at the White House in Washington, May 13, 2021. The legislation could serve as the means to approve major pieces of Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package through a series of must-pass spending bills. Monday marks the date by which Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the White House wanted to see a "clear direction" in the talks. Biden could have to decide whether to pursue a massive infrastructure package with only Democratic votes. (The White House stressed that Biden still supports hiking the corporate rate).
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WASHINGTON—President Biden told a top Senate Republican that he wants $1 trillion in new spending in infrastructure legislation and floated alternative ways to pay for the measure, according to people briefed on the matter. During a Wednesday afternoon White House meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.), Mr. Biden laid out his $1 trillion proposal and outlined options to pay for the spending that wouldn’t unwind the 2017 tax law. Republicans have said that any effort to reverse the tax law is a nonstarter. Ahead of a deadline Monday to show progress in the talks, the White House and Republicans have remained divided on both the size of the infrastructure proposal and how to fund the spending. But this tax, already proposed by Mr. Biden as part of his broader agenda, would have some of the same effects by clawing back various tax breaks.
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Biden’s Latest Infrastructure Offer: $1 Trillion
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( Kristina Peterson | Andrew Restuccia | ) + 0.57   time to read: +1 min
Any new spending would be on top of a $400 billion baseline over five years, one of the people said, referring to projected federal spending if current programs continued. Previously, Mr. Biden had proposed a $1.7 trillion offer, all of which was above baseline levels. Congress will need to set new baseline spending by the end of this fiscal year. That offer is an increase from the GOP’s original five-year $568 billion proposal, but only about $257 billion of their latest proposal is above baseline levels, according to the Republicans. Politico first reported Mr. Biden’s offer.
Persons: Biden, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito, Biden’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, Senate Republican, White, Republicans, Politico
Republicans have called any effort to boost the corporate tax rate or unwind the Republicans’ 2017 tax law a nonstarter. Some Democratic lawmakers have urged the White House to move ahead without Republican support while others have supported continuing talks. Mr. Biden also suggested repurposing $75 billion in previously approved Covid-19 relief aid, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Biden is caught between progressive Democrats who have encouraged him to spend more and moderates who want him to find common ground with the GOP. Mrs. Capito and her colleagues, meanwhile, want to avoid being accused by conservatives of capitulating to Mr. Biden and greenlighting too much new spending.
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Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to set up a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. In fact, threats of filibusters by Senate Republicans are already delaying several high-profile bills. But all of this legislation faces expected filibusters in the Senate, which is why Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has not brought the proposed legislation to the Senate floor. And because everyone knows these bills will be delayed, Senate Democrats have been slow to start a process that will almost certainly end in failure. And behind closed doors silent filibustering, in the expansive sense of the term, ensures Senate obstruction is here to stay.
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Biden to meet Republican Senator Capito for infrastructure talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. economy in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will sit down for one-on-one talks on Wednesday with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito aimed at a breakthrough on a bill to revitalize U.S. infrastructure -- though the two disagree on what that word means. Even that approach is uncertain, though, as at least two Senate Democrats have raised concerns about the maneuver. Aside from the overall cost and scope of the plans, the White House and Senate Republicans remain far apart on how to finance infrastructure projects. The White House hopes to conclude bipartisan talks in the next week or so, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden and Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito had a “constructive and frank” discussion on Wednesday about revitalizing U.S. infrastructure and agreed to talk again on Friday, the White House said. Capito, the lead Senate Republican negotiator, unveiled last week a $928 billion counteroffer here to Biden's $1.7 trillion proposal. A White House official said Biden and Capito had a “constructive and frank” discussion about the issue, but did not share more details. Aside from the overall cost and scope of the plans, the White House and Senate Republicans remain far apart on how to finance infrastructure projects. The White House hopes to conclude bipartisan talks in the next week or so, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
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Biden, Capito Seek Progress in Infrastructure Talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Andrew Restuccia | Eliza Collins | ) sentiment -0.76   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—President Biden will meet Wednesday with the Senate Republican leading GOP efforts to craft infrastructure legislation, as the two sides continue to seek common ground ahead of a Biden administration deadline next week to show progress in the negotiations. Mr. Biden is “appreciative and heartened by the good-faith effort that we’ve seen from Republican senators,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday. But, she added, “We do need to finish these negotiations soon,” reiterating what the president said last week. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday on CNN that infrastructure talks need to show a “clear direction” toward an agreement by the time Congress returns from its recess on June 7. She acknowledged that despite their efforts, it was possible they wouldn’t come to an agreement by the deadline.
Persons: Biden, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, , Karine Jean, Pierre, Pete Buttigieg, Capito Organizations: WASHINGTON, Senate Republican, Republicans, Transportation, CNN, Democrats, White, Fox News
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