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The Democratic and Republican senators pitching an infrastructure deal face early hurdles in pushing their roughly $1 trillion plan through Congress. The bipartisan proposal crafted by 10 senators would focus on transportation, broadband and water, and would not raise taxes to offset costs. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told CNBC on Tuesday when asked whether there would be enough Republican support to pass the plan. As the 10 senators try to win support for their proposal, Democrats have set the groundwork to approve a bill on their own through budget reconciliation. However, the path appears blocked for now as at least one Democrat involved in the talks, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, insists he wants to pass a plan with bipartisan support.
Persons: Sen, Rob Portman, It's, Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, Republicans —, Senators Mitt Romney, Kyrsten Sinema, Susan Collins, Mark Warner, Evelyn Hockstein Organizations: Democratic, CNBC, Republicans, Congressional, U.S, Senators, Capitol Locations: Ohio, West Virginia, Washington , U.S
Democrats to Biden: No climate provisions, no vote for infrastructure deal
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Valerie Volcovici | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Senator Ed Markey leads a news conference to re-introduce the Green New Deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Two Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they would not vote for an infrastructure bill that omits key measures aimed at combatting climate change, putting pressure on the White House to abandon attempts to secure a bipartisan package. Republicans have said measures addressing things like climate change do not count as "infrastructure," leaving negotiations in the divided Senate at an impasse. Progressive Democrats have urged the White House over the last few days not to abandon climate provisions after White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy told Politico that measures like "a clean electricity standard may not end (up) in the final version" of the infrastructure deal. Andrew Bates, a White House spokesperson, told Reuters the administration has not stopped pushing for climate priorities in the negotiations.
Persons: Ed Markey, Jonathan Ernst, Joe Biden, Jeff Merkley, Merkley, Gina McCarthy, Andrew Bates, Biden, Markey, Bernie Sanders, Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Valerie Volcovici, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Green, Deal, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republicans, Massachusetts, White House, Politico, Reuters, Democratic Senators, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Congress, Oregon, Washington
Senators urge Commerce chief to identify U.S. technologies China could misuse
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks during a high speed internet event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - A group of 10 Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday urged Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to quickly identify American technologies that could be misused by the Chinese government. The letter led by Senator Tom Cotton and seen by Reuters urged the department to identify "emerging and foundational technologies" as required under a nearly three-year-old law. "We remain concerned that U.S. businesses export sensitive technologies to ostensibly civilian Chinese firms or accept investment from them only for these Chinese firms to promptly hand over this technology to the Chinese military or intelligence services," said the letter. Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Gina Raimondo, Evelyn Hockstein WASHINGTON, Tom Cotton, David Shepardson, Chris Reese Organizations: Eisenhower, White, REUTERS, Republican U.S, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
Two Republican U.S. senators introduce antitrust bill
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Signage is seen at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew KellyRepublican Senators Mike Lee and Chuck Grassley introduced a bill on Tuesday that would move all antitrust enforcement to the Justice Department, stripping the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission of antitrust authority, Lee's office said on Monday. The Justice Department's Antitrust Division and the FTC currently divide up the work of antitrust enforcement, with the FCC weighing in on telecommunications deals. The bill would increase the budget of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division to $600 million. That is sharply higher than the Biden administration proposal for the next fiscal year that would give the FTC $389.8 million and the Antitrust Division $201 million.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley, Kamala Harris, Grassley, Lee, Biden Organizations: Federal Trade Commission, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission, Department's Antitrust, FTC, Democratic, House, Representatives, Republican, Committee, Big Tech, Justice Department's Antitrust, Antitrust, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, U.S
Even before today’s NATO summit, President Biden settled the most important question: He affirmed America’s commitment to defend the alliance’s 30 members by force. And despite divisions on many other foreign policy issues, his party stands in lock step behind him. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, depriving NATO of its original reason for being, skeptics of the alliance included liberals as much as conservatives. In between voting against the first Iraq war in 1991 and the second after Sept. 11, Mr. Wellstone warned that expanding NATO would jeopardize Europe’s hard-won gains. “There is peace between states in Europe, between nations in Europe, for the first time in centuries,” he said.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, Paul Wellstone, Wellstone, , Organizations: NATO, Democratic Senators, Locations: Soviet Union, Russia’s, Minnesota, Europe, Russia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Eastern Europe, United States
Faith leaders and protesters attend a rally against the state's new voting restrictions outside the Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File PhotoDemocrats and their allies are mounting a major effort to educate Georgia voters on sweeping new voting restrictions passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature ahead of next year’s crucial U.S. Senate and congressional races. Warnock and Abrams are wildly popular among Georgia’s Black voters, who account for a third of the state’s electorate. Georgia’s Black Christians, meanwhile, have shifted into battle mode. A draft of the plan, seen by Reuters, calls on each church to form a turnout committee to educate congregants about SB 202 and the importance of voting early.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, They're, Joe Biden's, John Jackson, rollbacks, Donald Trump, isn't, Joe Manchin, Brian Kemp, Biden, Kemp, , Brad Raffensperger, Raphael Warnock, Warnock, Georgia's, ” Warnock, Stacey Abrams, Abrams, Daniel Franklin, Franklin, , Shavonne Williams, Williams, Saira Draper, Draper, Georgia’s, Bishop Reginald Jackson, “ Brothers, ” Jackson, Jackson, Cobb, Jacquelyn Bettadapur, Eileen Lichtenfeld, Roberta Goldman, Miraca Jones, Jones Organizations: Georgia State Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Senate, Volunteers, Democratic U.S, Senators, DeKalb County Democratic Committee, Democratic, Reuters, Democrats, U.S . House, Republicans, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Georgia’s, Georgia State University, Georgia U.S, Faith, Georgia Democratic Party, Black African Methodist Episcopal, Pastors, Cobb County Democratic, Democrat, Thomson Locations: Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, Georgia, DeKalb County, Black, Atlanta, West Virginia, Ebenezer, Macon , Georgia, Cobb County
MLB roundup: Rangers hammer Trevor Bauer, Dodgers 12-1
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +13 min
Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer (6-5) gave up season highs in runs with six (four earned) and hits with nine. The Dodgers ended the Rangers' shutout bid on AJ Pollock's seventh-inning home run off left-hander Taylor Hearn. The 30-year-old right-hander allowed six hits and one walk while tying a season-high with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez tossed five innings and allowed six hits and two runs, with five strikeouts and one walk. Hendricks (8-4) allowed two runs on three hits in six innings while improving his career record against the Cardinals to 11-3.
Persons: Joely Rodriguez, Jonah Heim, Robert Hanashiro, Kolby Allard, Nate Lowe, Jason Martin, Heim, Lowe, Willie Calhoun, Allard, Trevor Bauer, AJ Pollock's, Taylor Hearn, Marcus Stroman, Francisco Lindor, Jonathan Villar, Fernando Tatis Jr, Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura, Segura, Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Odubel Herrera, Ronald Torreyes, Vince Velasquez, Archie Bradley, DJ LeMahieu, Hector Neris, Kyle Hendricks, Louis its, Craig Kimbrel, Ian Happ, Sergio Alcantara, Joc Pederson, Nolan Arenado, Paul DeJong, John Gant, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Cavan Biggio, Marcus Semien, Bo Bichette, Reese McGuire, Steven Matz, Rafael Devers, Nick Pivetta, Yelich, Willy Adames, Omar Narvaez, Corbin Burnes, Trevor Richards, Josh Hader, Ka'ai Tom, Chad Kuhl, Erik Gonzalez, Adam Frazier, Jorge Polanco, Jose Berrios, Berrios, Taylor Rogers, Polanco, Miguel Sano, Kyle Tucker, Robel Garcia, Luis Garcia, Erick Fedde, Kevin Gausman, Fedde, San Francisco, Kyle Schwarber, Josh Harrison, LaMonte Wade Jr, Wilmer Flores, Wade, Kyle Finnegan, Flores, Washington's Starlin Castro, Caleb Baragar, Yan Gomes, Baragar, Victor Robles, Robles, Jake McGee, James Kaprielian, Matt Chapman, Skye Bolt, Matt Olson, Jackson Kowar, Jarrod Dyson, Kelvin Gutierrez, Olson, Chapman, Gutierrez, Brian Goodwin, Tim Anderson, Yermin Mercedes, Jose Urena, Urena, Dylan, Brandon Lowe, Rich Hill, Collin McHugh, Joey Votto, Tony Perez, Votto, Perez, Johnny, Lefty Wade Miley, Miley, Anthony Rendon, Alex Cobb, Alex Claudio, Raisel Iglesias, Harold Ramirez's, grounder, Ramirez, Paul Sewald, Tom Murphy, Cesar Hernandez, James Karinchak, Hernandez, Jake Fraley, Dylan Moore, Zach Thompson, Lewin Diaz slugged, Thompson, Diaz, Max Fried Organizations: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger, The Rangers, Dodgers, Rangers, Washington Senators, Mets, Padres, San Diego, Phillies, Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals, Chicago, The Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, ., Blue Jays, Red Sox, Boston, Cavan, Brewers, Pirates, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Astros, Minnesota, Houston, Twins, Nationals, Giants, Washington, San, National League, Athletics, Royals, Oakland, Sox, Tigers, AL Central, White Sox, Orioles, Baltimore, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Cincinnati, Diamondbacks, Arizona, Phoenix, Angels, Mariners, Cleveland, Seattle, Marlins, Braves, Miami, Atlanta, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, USA, Arlington , Texas, Minnesota . Texas, Angeles, New York, Diego, Philadelphia, ., Toronto, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, St . Petersburg, Fla, Colorado, Los Angeles, Cleveland
Alex Wong | Getty ImagesAn infrastructure plan crafted by a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans would cost roughly $1 trillion, a price tag that leaves the senators with work to do to win over members of both parties. The group framed their proposal as a compromise to upgrade U.S. infrastructure with bipartisan support in Congress. While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he wants to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill, he has also signaled he aims to block major pieces of Biden's economic agenda. Democrats are working on more than one front to pass an infrastructure bill and implement the first piece of Biden's economic recovery agenda. While the White House considers the bipartisan proposal, Democrats have started to set the groundwork to pass pieces of the president's $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan by other means.
Persons: Mark Warner, Joe Manchin, Mitt Romney, Jeanne Shaheen, Susan Collins, Kyrsten, Alex Wong, Biden, Sen, Bill Cassidy, Joe Biden, Andrew Bates, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Schumer, McConnell Organizations: U.S, Capitol, Senate Democrats, CNBC, Congress, Senators, White House, Senate, NBC, White Locations: Sens, Washington , DC, Ky
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
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators said on Thursday it had reached agreement on a framework for a proposed infrastructure spending bill that would not include any tax increases. The senators said they were discussing their approach with their colleagues and the White House, and they were optimistic about getting broad support. “Our group ... has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” the lawmakers said in a statement. Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Thursday he was open to a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wanted to see it in writing. Republicans say Biden’s infrastructure plan puts too much money into addressing climate change and building up some social programs.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Jonathan Ernst, unspent, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Mitch McConnell, Schumer, MCCONNELL, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Mark Warner, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Collins, McConnell, Romney, Tester, Kamala Harris Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, White, Democratic U.S, Democrat, Republican, Reuters, Internal Revenue Locations: Washington , U.S
Their bill, dubbed the Digital Equity Act, would pay for projects to make the internet more accessible, such as school-based hotspots and computer training for seniors. He proposed $100 billion in broadband spending, and Republicans countered last month with a $65 billion plan. Murray and Portman plan to push for their legislation to be included in whatever infrastructure bill may emerge, Murray's office said. The legislation reflects bipartisan desire to begin investing more, especially after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted many Americans' poor internet choices. "Too many Americans — especially in overlooked and underserved communities — lack access to broadband internet, negatively impacting the way they live and work," Portman said in a statement.
Persons: Patty Murray, Rob Portman, Joe Biden, Murray, Portman, we've, Brad Smith Organizations: Digital Equity, Republicans, Software, Microsoft, AARP, National League of Cities Locations: Ohio
I am a Republican, a two-time Donald Trump voter and a resident of Maricopa County, Arizona. Although I didn’t believe the 2020 election was stolen, there were many voters on my side who did. They hired a company to lead the audit that has little to no experience in election audits and has a predisposed belief that the election was stolen. The audit of the Maricopa County elections may have been intended to accomplish that in the beginning, but it has definitely fallen far short of that goal. I don’t believe it will now convince anyone who isn’t already convinced either that the election was stolen or that the election was unbiased, thorough or fair.
Persons: Donald Trump, ” Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, Georgia wasn’t, Karen Fann, ’ ”, Eddie Farnsworth, Republican —, Sen, Mark Kelly’s, isn’t Organizations: Republican, Arizona Senate, Trump, Democrat, Arizona, Maricopa, Supervisors, Republican Party, Arizona House, Senators Locations: Maricopa County , Arizona, Georgia, Maricopa County, Arizona, Asia, Maricopa
WASHINGTON—Members of a bipartisan group of senators said they had reached an agreement on an infrastructure proposal that would be fully paid for without tax increases, pitching the plan to other lawmakers and the White House as they try to craft compromise legislation on the issue. While the group of 10 senators didn’t reveal details of the plan in its statement, people familiar with the agreement said it called for $579 billion above expected future federal spending on infrastructure. The initial agreement comes days after President Biden called off a separate set of negotiations with Senate Republicans over an infrastructure plan, instead pivoting his focus to the talks among the group of five Republicans and five Democrats. To move forward in Congress, the plan would need the buy-in from a broader group of Republicans and Democrats, as well as the White House. In recent days, some Democrats have indicated they are skeptical that the bipartisan talks will result in a large enough package.
Persons: Biden, , Kyrsten Sinema, Rob Portman, Joe Manchin Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, Republicans, Democrats Locations: Sens, , Ohio
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement on a framework to invest in the nation’s aging public works system, racing to prove that a compromise was feasible despite deep divisions over how to structure and finance an infrastructure package. The announcement came after a dizzying day on Capitol Hill, where senators involved in the bipartisan discussions offered conflicting assessments of their progress and declined to comment on specific proposals. But by early evening, five Democrats and five Republicans issued a joint statement announcing an agreement that would be fully paid for, albeit without any specific details about funding. “We are discussing our approach with our respective colleagues and the White House and remain optimistic that this can lay the groundwork to garner broad support from both parties and meet America’s infrastructure needs,” the group said in the statement. It was unclear when the 10 lawmakers would release details or legislative text.
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: Capitol, Democratic, White
Bipartisan group of senators reaches agreement on infrastructure
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Melissa Lee | ) sentiment -0.71   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBipartisan group of senators reaches agreement on infrastructureCNBC's Ylan Mui reports a bipartisan group of 10 senators announced it has reached a deal on infrastructure. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Dan Nathan, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour and Pete Najarian.
Persons: Ylan Mui, Melissa Lee, Dan Nathan, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Pete Najarian Organizations: Fast Money
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
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.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Donald Trump, Tester, it'll, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Senate, Biden, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
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.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Cassidy, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Biden's Democratic Party, Republicans, Biden, Romney, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Louisiana Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
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
Talks Falter on Background Checks for Gun Sales
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Kristina Peterson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON—Senators said they are struggling to find a bipartisan agreement on expanding background checks for gun sales after weeks of talks, with many Republicans wary of backing new efforts to regulate firearms. Lawmakers said they were taking a pragmatic approach, trying to reach a narrower agreement than the legislation that passed the House in March that would expand background checks to nearly all gun sales, aimed at flagging people with criminal or mental-health histories that disqualify them from gun ownership. Lawmakers said the recent discussions have centered on expanding background checks to all commercial sales, the focus of 2013 legislation from Mr. Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.). The Senate narrowly blocked that bill, which would have expanded background checks to all commercial sales, including all sales advertised online and at gun shows. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has said that the chamber may hold a vote on gun legislation this month.
Persons: Lawmakers, ” Sen, Pat Toomey, Toomey, , , Sen, Joe Manchin, hasn’t, Chuck Schumer Organizations: WASHINGTON — Senators, Democrats, Republicans, Senate, Pennsylvania Republican Locations: Pennsylvania, N.Y
The Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation to boost science and technology research for the United States to better compete with China. The U.S Innovation and Competition Act, which is also known as the Endless Frontier Act, now heads to the House. The China competitiveness bill, which was authored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young, has been one of the first recent attempts at legislating using regular order. U.S. intelligence officials said in an April assessment that China is among a list of countries considered a global threat to American interests. It sets the United States on a path to lead the world in the industries of the future."
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Indiana Republican Sen, Todd Young, Young, Biden, Schumer, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: U.S Innovation, Senators, Indiana Republican, Chinese Communist Party, Democrat Locations: United States, China, U.S, Beijing
Biden ends infrastructure talks with GOP senators
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Reuters Editorial | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Reuters NowBiden ends infrastructure talks with GOP senatorsPostedPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday broke off talks on an infrastructure bill with a key Republican, instead reaching out to a bipartisan group, after one-on-one talks with Senator Shelley Capito were described as hitting a "brick wall."
Persons: Joe Biden, Shelley Capito Organizations: Reuters, Biden
The Chinese army conducted an amphibious exercise that involved an assault landing in an area facing Taiwan, according to state media. State media touted the exercise days after a US military aircraft landed in Taiwan with US senators and vaccines for the island. The Chinese military has conducted an amphibious landing exercise in waters near Taiwan amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Washington. In the exercise, landing ships carried several types of equipment, including tracked armoured vehicles, wheeled off-road assault vehicles and truck, according to CCTV. Following the US senators' visit, the Chinese defence ministry said it would defend Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan "at all costs."
Persons: Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan, Chris Coons, Antony Blinken, Barack Obama, Wu Qian Organizations: Eastern Theatre Command, People's Liberation Army, 72nd Group Army, Taipei Songshan, Central News Agency, PLA Locations: Taiwan, Beijing, Washington, Fujian Province, Taipei, Sens, Taipei Songshan Airport, Zhejiang Province, China
Some are already raising early concerns about the structure and scale of a permanent benefit going forward. "I was a big supporter of enlarging it and extending it," he told Insider, referring to bulking up the credit. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire told Insider she was cautiously supportive, but conditioned it on certain factors. There is nothing but support for this among my colleagues about the child tax credit." A spokesperson for Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on Wednesday said the senator does want to permanently beef up the child tax credit.
Persons: they'll, Joe Biden's, Chuck Schumer, Sherrod Brown of, Bernie Sanders, Schumer, Biden, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten, Seth Hanlon, Kevin Lamarque, Sen, Angus King, it's, King, Tom Carper, Delaware, hadn't, I've, Jeanne Shaheen of, Shaheen, Jon Tester, Tester, Sherrod Brown, Erin Scott, Maggie Hassan, Hassan, Michael Bennet, Bennet Organizations: New, Vermont, American Progress, Democrats, Democratic, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Montana, Reuters, Biden, New Hampshire, Washington DC Locations: New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, West Virginia, Arizona, Maine, New, America, Washington
WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden plans to have another conversation with Republican U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito on Tuesday about a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and the White House is planning discussions with other senators as well, the White House said. “They’ll have a discussion about what more there is to discuss” and what the path forward looks like, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicut; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese)
Persons: Joe Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, , Jen Psaki, Trevor Hunnicut, Doina Chiacu, Chris Reese Organizations: Republican U.S
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