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GOP worries fiscal conservatism losing its rallying cry

GOP worries fiscal conservatism losing its rallying cry

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April 26, 2021
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Democratic senator says GOP infrastructure proposal is ‘a slap in the face’

Democratic senator says GOP infrastructure proposal is ‘a slap in the face’

by - 04/22/21 3:42 PM ET✕Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Thursday dismissed a $568 billion infrastructure proposal unveiled by his GOP colleagues earlier in the day as a “slap in the face,” setting the tone for what is expected to be a tough negotiation. Casey declared he wouldn’t be “a part of any scheme that sells out our seniors,” referring to the lack of funding for home care services in the GOP infrastructure plan.The is more focused on traditional priorities such as repairing roads and bridges. The Senate Republican infrastructure framework calls for spending less than a third of...

April 22, 2021
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Trump looms over Senate’s anti-Asian hate crimes battle

Trump looms over Senate’s anti-Asian hate crimes battle

by - 04/18/21 12:00 PM ET✕Ninety-two senators voted last week to advance an Asian American hate crimes bill. But its passage likely depends on Democrats agreeing to soften language that Republicans say ties hate crimes too narrowly to the characterization of COVID-19 as the “China virus.”Even Republicans who voted to advance the hate crimes legislation sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) see it as a jab at President Trump. The bill links his characterization of COVID-19 as the “China virus” to racist and hateful acts.Republicans also see language in the bill as opening the door to...

April 18, 2021
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Inside the surprisingly close Biden-Manchin relationship

Inside the surprisingly close Biden-Manchin relationship

by Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton - 04/14/21 6:00 AM ET✕Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has been seen as an early impediment to progressives and his own president’s agenda in the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency.Manchin opposed a $15 federal minimum wage, doesn’t want to raise the corporate tax to 28 percent as proposed by Biden and wants to keep the filibuster, which requires Democrats to get 60 votes on major legislation to steer bills to Biden’s desk.The West Virginia Democrat has even been cool to using budget reconciliation rules to get around the filibuster, something Biden...

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April 14, 2021
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Trump’s early endorsements reveal GOP rift

Trump’s early endorsements reveal GOP rift

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April 12, 2021
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Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire

Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire

by - 04/09/21 11:19 AM ET✕Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court.“We are now firmly in the window when past justices have announced their retirement, so it’s officially worrisome that Justice Breyer has not said yet that he will step down. The only responsible choice for Justice Breyer is to immediately announce his retirement so President Biden can quickly nominate the first-ever Black woman Supreme Court justice,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice and a former top aide to Schumer. ✕✕× Close Ad

April 9, 2021
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Senate GOP slams Biden defense budget

Senate GOP slams Biden defense budget

by - 04/09/21 2:47 PM ET✕Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other top Republicans are blasting President Biden’s defense budget for proposing a modest increase in military spending in contrast to the 16 percent increase the president has proposed for nondefense programs.McConnell along with Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other GOP lawmakers accused Biden of prioritizing “liberal wish list priorities” while “funding for America’s military is neglected.”The Republican...

April 9, 2021
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McConnell backs away from warning businesses to stay out of politics

McConnell backs away from warning businesses to stay out of politics

by - 04/07/21 5:22 PM ET✕Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday backed off his stern warning that companies such as Major League Baseball, Delta and Coca-Cola should stay out of high-profile political fights after they criticized Georgia’s new election law.“I didn’t say that very artfully yesterday. They’re certainly entitled to be involved in politics. They are. My principal complaint is they didn’t read the darn bill,” McConnell said Wednesday at a press conference in Paducah, Kentucky.The GOP leader softened his tough talk from earlier in the week, when he warned...

April 7, 2021
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Republican battle with MLB intensifies

Republican battle with MLB intensifies

by - 04/06/21 6:00 AM ET✕Republicans are spoiling for a high-profile fight with MLB as they ramp up pressure on the league’s commissioner to reverse a decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting law.GOP lawmakers are publicly scrutinizing Commissioner Rob Manfred’s membership at Georgia’s exclusive Augusta National Golf Club and threatening to take away MLB’s long-held antitrust exemption.The fight is quickly spreading to other states as well, with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) saying he won’t throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener after MLB...

April 6, 2021
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Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster

Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster

by - 01/18/22 6:01 AM ET✕Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they would not vote to change the Senate’s filibuster rule despite the pleading of President Biden.   Now some Democrats are discussing a novel approach to circumventing a Republican filibuster that may allow voting rights legislation to pass with 51 votes without changing the Senate’s rules.These Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), are exploring the possibility of forcing...

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