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Republicans flirt with rebellion if Trump moves ahead on Mexico tariffs

Republicans flirt with rebellion if Trump moves ahead on Mexico tariffs

Republican senators railed against President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs against Mexico in a private lunch on Tuesday with White House and Justice Department officials, who struggled to explain their legal process for implementing the new levies. Roughly a half dozen GOP senators stood to speak about why the decision to impose tariffs on Mexico was ill-advised, a person who attended the lunch told CNN. The members insisted Trump hold off on any declarations until he can brief members personally on the plan, according to this person. But with Trump in Europe and members scheduled to...

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June 5, 2019
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Schumer eyes using budget tool twice to pass Biden's 2-part infrastructure plan

Schumer eyes using budget tool twice to pass Biden's 2-part infrastructure plan

(CNN)Senate Democrats are looking at potentially using twice more this year in an effort to ensure they can pass President Joe Biden's with just a simple Democratic majority.The effort underscores the narrow margins Democrats have to pass the Biden agenda, and the move comes as some moderates in the party had hoped that leadership would make a more direct effort to work with Republicans to pass an infrastructure bill.Aides to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have been engaged in conversations with the Senate's parliamentarian about whether they can use the 2021 budget resolution -- the...

March 26, 2021
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Republicans plot painful hours ahead for Democrats as they push to pass Covid relief

Republicans plot painful hours ahead for Democrats as they push to pass Covid relief

(CNN)As President Joe Biden urges Democrats to remain united that may come up in an hours-long, overnight vote-a-rama later this week, Republicans are preparing to make the final hours of the Democratic efforts to pass their relief bill politically painful and physically exhausting.Republicans are aiming to put Democrats on the spot on not just making their bill more targeted -- something some moderates have been calling for -- but also pulling out specific and controversial provisions in the Covid relief bill. Multiple Republicans, for example, had been planning amendments to make...

February 27, 2021
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Democratic divisions on Biden's agenda broader than just Manchin

Democratic divisions on Biden's agenda broader than just Manchin

(CNN)The push by liberal Democrats to enact President Joe Biden's sweeping agenda is running into problems beyond just : A handful of Democrats are not falling in line and could limit the scope of the party's ambitions on an array of critical issues. Some Senate Democrats like Sen. Jon Tester of Montana are not yet sold on the House-passed bills to expand background checks on gun sales. Eight Democrats are resisting calls to $15 an hour. And it's more than just Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema who are opposed to changing Senate rules so a filibuster can be defeated by 51 votes,...

March 25, 2021
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Joe Biden's legislative priorities: Gun control and five other issues fight to move forward in Congress

Joe Biden's legislative priorities: Gun control and five other issues fight to move forward in Congress

(CNN)In the opening months of Joe Biden's presidency, Congress' job was crystal clear: and get it signed into law. The understanding was that every other priority: guns, immigration, infrastructure, climate and voting rights could wait on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers were fully on-board, redirecting plans so that nothing would distract from a unified message.But, the quiet part of that equation was that passing anything other than the Covid relief bill was always going to be a major slog. Now, more than halfway through Biden's first 100 days, interests are competing in what should come next,...

February 16, 2021
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How Democrats miscalculated Manchin and later won him back

How Democrats miscalculated Manchin and later won him back

(CNN)It was Friday afternoon, and was on the phone with Sen. Joe Manchin, the conservative West Virginia Democrat who felt blindsided by his party leaders and now was at risk of defecting and effectively torpedoing a central pillar of the White House's domestic agenda. Just a couple hours earlier as he walked onto the floor ahead of , Manchin was stunned about the last-minute dealings of his party's leaders with the backing of the White House. For the first time, he learned that Democrats were seeking to advance a new plan on jobless benefits that would allow people to ensure their first...

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March 7, 2021
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Democratic divisions on Biden's agenda broader than just Manchin

Democratic divisions on Biden's agenda broader than just Manchin

(CNN)The push by liberal Democrats to enact President Joe Biden's sweeping agenda is running into problems beyond just : A handful of Democrats are not falling in line and could limit the scope of the party's ambitions on an array of critical issues. Some Senate Democrats like Sen. Jon Tester of Montana are not yet sold on the House-passed bills to expand background checks on gun sales. Eight Democrats are resisting calls to $15 an hour. And it's more than just Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema who are opposed to changing Senate rules so a filibuster can be defeated by 51 votes,...

March 25, 2021
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Senate Democrats still finishing their COVID relief bill, agree to income limits for 3rd stimulus check

Senate Democrats still finishing their COVID relief bill, agree to income limits for 3rd stimulus check

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Lauren Fox, CNN WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten the upper income limits at which people could qualify for stimulus checks, a Democratic official said, a major concession to moderates as party leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the Senate.The COVID-19 relief measure Senate Democrats planned to unveil will also retain the $400 weekly emergency jobless benefits that were included in a House-approved version of the legislation, the official said.The official spoke on condition of...

March 3, 2021
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Pelosi's office says 2 controversial projects will be pulled from Covid bill

Pelosi's office says 2 controversial projects will be pulled from Covid bill

(CNN)Two big projects originally slated to be part of but criticized as being unrelated to coronavirus relief will be pulled from the package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.The original bill, , included $1.425 billion in funding to help with transit rail capital projects, including the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit line from San Jose to Santa Clara, California. It had been part of $30 billion in support for public transportation in the relief package, but Pelosi's office said Tuesday that the Senate parliamentarian had ruled against its inclusion...

March 2, 2021
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Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN

Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN

(CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican being , made a name for himself when he arrived on Capitol Hill as a conservative firebrand on TV and staunch defender of then-President Donald Trump. Behind the scenes, Gaetz gained a reputation in Congress over his relationships with women and bragging about his sexual escapades to his colleagues, multiple sources told CNN.Gaetz allegedly showed off to other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with, the sources told CNN, including while on the House floor. The sources, including two people directly shown the material,...

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April 1, 2021
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