Seung Min Kim
Seung Min Kim
White House reporter for @washingtonpost, covering Biden + the Hill. @CNN analyst, @politico alum. Profile pic via @frankthorp Email: seungmin.kim@washpost.comSource
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Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

President Biden announced sweeping new coronavirus vaccine mandates Thursday designed to affect tens of millions of Americans, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be immunized or face weekly testing. Biden also said that he would require most health-care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to vaccinate their employees, which the White House believes will cover 50,000 locations. And the president signed an executive order compelling all federal employees to get vaccinated — without an option for those who prefer to be regularly...

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Sep 14
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On infrastructure, lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality

On infrastructure, lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) says he will oppose President Biden’s infrastructure package if a cap on state and local tax deductions is not erased. “No SALT, no deal,” he said in an interview.Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) said she has pressed and other officials to add money for biofuel infrastructure, which would help her state. “I am hoping this was an oversight and that they will support it,” she said.Business lobbyists, meanwhile, are privately urging the White House to drop the $400 billion home- and elder-care provisions to cut the bill’s cost and the corporate tax hikes needed to fund it....

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April 18, 2021
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A bloc of Senate Republicans prepare their own infrastructure plan as Biden tries to ramp up outreach

A bloc of Senate Republicans prepare their own infrastructure plan as Biden tries to ramp up outreach

A group of moderate Senate Republicans on Wednesday signaled they are preparing to offer their own proposal to reform the nation’s infrastructure, as GOP lawmakers seek to significantly pare back the roughly $2 trillion in new spending endorsed by President Biden.The Republican alternative is expected to be less than half the size of the White House’s plan, according to party lawmakers, who in recent days have suggested its total price tag could ultimately cost between $600 billion and $800 billion.Moderate GOP members of Congress also have pledged to narrow their focus to include only the...

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April 14, 2021
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Biden lengthens Affordable Care Act insurance sign-ups until mid-August

Biden lengthens Affordable Care Act insurance sign-ups until mid-August

ADPresident Biden announced Tuesday that the federal insurance marketplace will remain open for consumers to buy Affordable Care Act health plans through mid-August, doubling the length of an unprecedented extra enrollment period that launched last month.Speaking at a cancer hospital and research institute at Ohio State University, Biden made the announcement as part of a recognition of the ACA’s 11th anniversary. The sprawling health-care law has helped more than 20 million Americans gain coverage through marketplace health plans and Medicaid, and it has altered many other aspects of the...

March 23, 2021
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White House to add AAPI liaison after ultimatum from Sens. Duckworth, Hirono

White House to add AAPI liaison after ultimatum from Sens. Duckworth, Hirono

ADThe White House agreed late Tuesday to add a senior-level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison after two senators threatened to vote no on nominees because of what they said was a lack of sufficient AAPI representation in President Biden’s Cabinet.“The President has made it clear that his Administration will reflect the diversity of the country. That has always been, and remains our goal,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "The White House will add a senior level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison, who will ensure the community’s voice is further represented and...

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March 24, 2021
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Senators call for more press access to facilities holding migrant children at the border

Senators call for more press access to facilities holding migrant children at the border

ADA bipartisan pair of senators called for more press access to government facilities holding the arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, as they described overcrowded conditions for minors who are being held days longer than legally allowed.Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), one of four senators who accompanied Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the border, said in an interview with The Washington Post Saturday that at one Customs and Border Protection processing center in El Paso amid the pandemic.More than 200 border agents have been diverted to this CBP facility to care for...

March 21, 2021
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Senate Democrats face a quandary: Go big — and confront the filibuster — or go bipartisan

Senate Democrats face a quandary: Go big — and confront the filibuster — or go bipartisan

ADAfter pushing through President Biden’s top legislative priority — a $1.9 trillion — Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and his fellow Senate Democrats now face a pivotal decision: What’s next for the filibuster?On one hand, Democrats are under pressure to deliver on key priorities for their party’s liberal base, and the House has begun to stack partisan bills at the Senate’s door. On the other hand, some Democratic senators are hoping to embrace a more bipartisan mode of lawmaking after passing the pandemic bill along party lines — returning the Senate to its historical role as a...

March 12, 2021
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Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda

Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda

ADAs early as December, the incoming Biden administration began to woo a Republican who could prove pivotal in their legislative efforts: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.As transition officials sifted through an assortment of potential Cabinet picks, they would run lists of names by the veteran senator for her feedback: Does Murkowski know any of these people? How do you feel about them? Could they survive a difficult confirmation process?At a time when senior Democrats on key Cabinet picks and control of the Senate was up in the air, Murkowski had already held numerous conversations with...

March 4, 2021
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Tanden withdraws as budget nominee in Biden’s first Cabinet defeat

Tanden withdraws as budget nominee in Biden’s first Cabinet defeat

ADThe White House withdrew Neera Tanden’s nomination to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday evening after she faced bipartisan opposition for the job — dealing President Biden his first Cabinet defeat in the evenly split Senate.Tanden, who would have been the first woman of color to lead the powerful budget agency, drew opposition because of past social media posts attacking Republican lawmakers. In a letter to the president withdrawing herself from consideration, Tanden acknowledged that she had no remaining path to confirmation and said she did not...

March 3, 2021
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Trump lawyers hit impeachment trial as politically motivated ‘hatred’

Trump lawyers hit impeachment trial as politically motivated ‘hatred’

ADDonald Trump’s lawyers delivered a relatively brief defense of the former president’s conduct in his second impeachment trial Friday, accusing House Democrats of staging a politically motivated proceeding in a rebuttal that echoed Trump’s misleading claims about the 2020 presidential election.The centerpiece of the Trump attorneys’ case was a video that edited together one Democratic official after another using the word “fight.” While meant to argue that Democrats, too, used potentially violent rhetoric, many of the comments were taken out of context, and none led to incidents of...

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February 13, 2021
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