Articles by BURGESS EVERETT Dec 01, 2021

Republicans feud over vaccine shutdown fight

“I want the vaccine mandates lifted, but I don’t think the [spending bill] is the tool to do it. But it’s not all up to McConnell, who often faces challenges from his 50-member caucus on issues of debt and spending. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are among the s . . .

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Tick, tick: Dem anxiety spikes as GOP digs in over shutdown countdown

Those sudden setbacks are now threatening to blow up one of Congress’ most important priorities this month and one of its fundamental tasks. One would hope we would lock arms and at least avoid a shutdown,” said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), a senior member of the House spending panel. “And today is th . . .

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Dems' paid leave push faces last stand

Right now, America is the only wealthy nation without some form of paid leave at a national level. The House originally sought 12 weeks of paid leave, but the White House dropped it from its framework citing Manchin’s objections. And if the social spending bill sheds paid leave, it may head the way . . .

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Schumer shakes up schedule as reconciliation bill slog continues

The Senate parliamentarian needs to go through the reconciliation bill before bringing it to the floor, making sure none of the the language runs afoul of the bill’s protections from a GOP filibuster. “On a bill of this magnitude, this process takes time and patience,” Schumer said Sunday. Unlike ot . . .

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Dems’ dreams could get crushed yet again — this time, at the FCC

Sinema has historically joined Republicans in fights over FCC policies, including opposing net neutrality. Those fears emerged this summer as word spread that Biden was eyeing Sohn for FCC chair, a possibility that some Senate vote-counters deemed challenging. If that happens, and Sohn doesn’t join . . .

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Dems race to renovate Biden's domestic-policy foundation

“There’s a significant amount still to do.”The reality of a 50-50 Senate and a three-vote House majority may complicate those efforts significantly. But some senior Democrats are skeptical that can happen, particularly with major outstanding issues like immigration yet to be resolved in the social s . . .

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Latino Dems lean on Padilla to pump up midterm turnout

The plan is to leverage Padilla’s popularity — especially among Latinos — into stronger Latino turnout in the state, where they make up about 30 percent of the electorate. Part of the goal, Latino Democratic operatives and leaders say, is to deliver Democratic wins in districts with high populations . . .

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Wyden fills in details for 'Billionaires Income Tax'

“We have a historic opportunity with the Billionaires Income Tax to restore fairness in our tax code, and fund critical investments in American families,” said Wyden. “The Billionaires Income Tax would ensure billionaires pay tax each year, just like working Americans.”It would be a fundamental chan . . .

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Old Friends Aren’t Surprised

Sinema lacks the same strong relationships with local elected officials that McCain once had, which makes occasionally breaking with the party far more difficult. In addition to quite distinct biographies — McCain, of course, was a war hero and presidential candidate — their temperaments couldn’t be . . .

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Sinema steers Dems into uncharted territory on taxes

At the same time, they’re dropping long-standing plans to roll back former President Donald Trump’s cut in the corporate tax rate — something many Democrats had been eager to campaign on. That left lawmakers hurrying to find a substitute, which they unveiled Tuesday: a complicated new corporate mini . . .

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