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Infrastructure

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had scheduled the procedural vote to

Infrastructure

Big infrastructure bill in peril; GOP threatens filibuster

The bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as senators struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were rising Tuesday as Republicans prepared to mount a filibuster over what they see as a rushed and misguided

Opinion

Opinion: Sens. Manchin and Sinema are Right to Protect the Filibuster

Since reclaiming the Senate majority, most Democrats have been relentless in their pursuit of eliminating the filibuster to pass their sweeping progressive agenda.  The push to kill the filibuster stands in stark contrast to how our Senate has operated since our country’s birth. One of the core tenets of our legislative branch is bipartisanship –

Politics

AP FACT CHECK: Manchin, Sinema do not vote with GOP more

Photo: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., right, arrive at the Capitol in Washington. President Joe Biden is stretching the facts when he suggests that two moderate Democrats in the Senate might be a reason why his legislative agenda, such as a sweeping voting rights bill, isn’t quickly getting done on Capitol

Politics

GOP poised to block bipartisan probe of Jan. 6 insurrection

Photo: Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Richard Burr (R – N.C.) Senate Republicans are poised to block the creation of a special commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, dashing hopes for a bipartisan panel amid a GOP push to put the violent insurrection by Donald Trump’s supporters behind them.

U.S. Government

Biden leaves door open for Senate changes to advance agenda

President Joe Biden at his first news conference left the door open to backing fundamental changes in Senate procedure to muscle key parts of his agenda like immigration and voting rights past Republican opposition “if there’s complete lockdown and chaos.” Even as his administration navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic damage, Biden is

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