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House approves $1.9 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ social spending plan

The House on Friday approved the 10-year, roughly $1.9 trillion “Build Back Better” bill, a plan supporters say would extend tax credits, child care, health care and more to tens of thousands of Arizonans. The Arizona delegation split on party lines on the bill, which passed early Friday on a 220-213 vote. All Republicans opposed the bill,

U.S. Domestic spending plan

House moves toward OK of Dems’ sweeping social, climate bill

Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill late Thursday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government to funnel its resources toward their domestic priorities. House approval, expected on a near party-line vote, would

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Leaders dial up doomsday warning to kick-start climate talks

World leaders turned up the heat and resorted to end-of-the-world rhetoric Monday in an attempt to bring new urgency to sputtering international climate negotiations. The metaphors were dramatic and mixed at the start of the talks, known as COP26. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described global warming as “a doomsday device” strapped to humanity. United Nations Secretary-General

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G-20 make mild pledges on climate neutrality, coal financing

Leaders of the world’s biggest economies agreed Sunday to stop funding coal-fired power plants in poor countries and made a vague commitment to seek carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century” as they wrapped up a Rome summit before the much larger United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. While Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and

U.S. Domestic spending plan

Democrats’ slimmer $1.75 trillion Build Back Better still has skeptics

Democratic leaders announced Thursday that they reached agreement on a $1.75 trillion “framework” for their Build Back Better plan, a sweeping social and environmental spending plan that would increase funding for everything from child care to Medicare. The deal is the latest step in a months-long fight between progressive and moderate Democrats, who had objected

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Oil giants deny spreading disinformation on climate change

Top executives of ExxonMobil and other oil giants denied spreading disinformation about climate change as they sparred Thursday with congressional Democrats over allegations that the industry concealed evidence about the dangers of global warming. Testifying at a landmark House hearing, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods said the company “has long acknowledged the reality and risks of

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