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Schumer plans to sidestep filibuster by expanding Senate reconciliation process

Schumer plans to sidestep filibuster by expanding Senate reconciliation process

TRENDING:Follow UsQuestion of the DayMajority Leader Charles E. Schumer is maneuvering to pass a third bill this year using budget reconciliation, an obscure procedure that sidesteps the filibuster and lets Democrats ram through President Biden’s agenda without the support of a single Republican.Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, is proposing to expand the budget reconciliation process, which allows Congress to pass spending, revenue and debt measures with a simple majority of 51 votes.Reconciliation measures are not subject to the filibuster, a rule that requires most legislation to clear a...

Mar 29
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Biden nominates swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin’s wife for plum $160K job

Biden nominates swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin’s wife for plum $160K job

TRENDING:Follow UsQuestion of the DayPresident Biden intends to appoint the wife of the ’s top swing vote, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III, to a plum federal position that pays upwards of $160,000 annually.The announced on Friday it would nominate , a former president of the West Virginia state board of education, to serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.The organization is responsible for spurring economic development and investment in the 13 states that make up the region of Appalachia — which spans from northern Mississippi to Pennsylvania.TOP STORIESIf...

Mar 26
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Manchin Announces Opposition to Biden's OMB Nominee Neera Tanden

Manchin Announces Opposition to Biden's OMB Nominee Neera Tanden

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his opposition to Neera Tanden’s nomination to serve as director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Friday, likely signaling the Biden administration will not have the votes for confirmation.Manchin, a moderate Democrat, said in a statement to reporters that the decision to oppose Tanden, a former president of Center for American Progress, over concerns that she would be too political in the role. The senator, in particular, referenced Tanden’s history of making inflammatory comments on social media against both high-profile and .“I...

Feb 19
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Senate Democrats Cave on $15 Minimum Wage Hike During Pandemic

Senate Democrats Cave on $15 Minimum Wage Hike During Pandemic

The hopes of President Joe Biden and the congressional Democrats to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour took a hit on Thursday.In a marathon vote on expediting the process for devising an economic relief proposal for the novel coronavirus outbreak, Senate Republicans succeeded in passing an amendment that would prohibit raising the minimum wage to $15 during a “global pandemic.” The amendment, offered by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), was easily adopted by the chamber in a voice vote.“A $15 federal minimum wage would be devastating for our hardest-hit small businesses at a time they can least...

Feb 5
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Biden Executive Order Creates ‘Civilian Corps’ to Fight Climate Change

Biden Executive Order Creates ‘Civilian Corps’ to Fight Climate Change

President Joe Biden plans to create a New Deal-style “Civilian Climate Corps” to mobilize “a new, diverse generation of patriotic Americans” for the battle against climate change.On Wednesday, Biden unveiled a flurry of executive actions his administration planned to undertake to “tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad.” The president, who campaigned for the White House last year on a platform “,” argued the actions were necessary if the United States had any hopes of leading a “global response” to the climate crisis.“Just like we need a unified national response to Covid-19...

Jan 27
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Chuck Grassley Urges Biden to Condemn Violence in Seattle and Portland

Chuck Grassley Urges Biden to Condemn Violence in Seattle and Portland

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is prodding President Joe Biden to speak out and condemn the recent wave of protests and violence that has erupted in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, respectively.Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took to social media as protests continued in both cities Thursday. He highlighted that Biden, himself, has yet to address the unrest.“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state,” Grassley wrote on Twitter:I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson...

Jan 22
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Top Biden DOJ Nominee Called for ‘Strategic’ Defunding of Police

Top Biden DOJ Nominee Called for ‘Strategic’ Defunding of Police

One of President Joe Biden’s top nominees for a senior post within the Department of Justice (DOJ) previously argued for the “strategic” defunding of police.Kristen Clarke, who is Biden’s choice to helm the DOJ’s powerful civil rights division, a guest editorial for Newsweek last year at the height of the protests against racial injustice. Using the platform provided by the magazine, Clarke argued that calls to “defund the police”—emanating as a result of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer—spoke to the “urgency” that communities of color felt was needed to...

Jan 21
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Joe Biden's $15 Minimum Wage Could Kill More than 1.3 Million Jobs

Joe Biden's $15 Minimum Wage Could Kill More than 1.3 Million Jobs

President-elect Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour could put more than 1.3 million Americans out of work.On Thursday, Biden his $1.9 trillion dollar spending plan meant to tackle the economic consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The president-elect’s proposal, which seeks to allocate more money for vaccine distribution and provides a for cities and states hit hardest by the virus, also includes a of progressive priorities.Included among the list of Biden’s proposals that also have wide progressive backing is raising the minimum wage to $15 an...

Jan 15
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Biden Team Blocks Media from 'Chatting' During Virtual Press Conferences

Biden Team Blocks Media from 'Chatting' During Virtual Press Conferences

Joe Biden’s transition team has disabled the chat function for virtual press conferences hosted on Zoom after several reporters publicly used the forum to urge the president-elect to take more questions from the press.“The Biden transition team appears to have disabled the public chat function on its transition zoom calls, a place where I and others had been routinely complaining to them to take more questions,” Sam Stein, Politico’s incoming White House editor, wrote on social media earlier this week:The Biden transition team appears to have disabled the public chat function on its...

Jan 1
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Senate GOP unveils $568 billion package focusing on ‘real’ infrastructure

Senate GOP unveils $568 billion package focusing on ‘real’ infrastructure

TRENDING:Follow UsQuestion of the DayRepublicans on Thursday called for spending upward of $568 billion to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges, in sharp contrast to the $2.25 trillion desired by President .Notably, the plan is heavy on “real” infrastructure compared to the proposal offered by Mr. , Republican senators said.The proposal calls for spending $299 billion over five years on upgrading roads and bridges. It also includes $61 billion for public transit systems, $20 billion for rail programs such as Amtrak and $44 billion for airport upgrades.TOP STORIESThe Republican proposal...

Apr 22
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