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Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. ...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

McConnell unmoved on debt limit, risking turmoil for Biden

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has been enlisting one emissary after another to convince Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to help raise the federal debt limit. It's not working. Despite the high-level conversations, including a...

Democrats revise elections bill but face Senate headwinds

Sep. 14, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats unveiled a pare- back elections bill Tuesday in hopes of kickstarting their stalled push to counteract new laws in Republican states that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot. But the new compromise legislation is likely...

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

Sep. 14, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that touches almost all aspects of domestic life. ...

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

Sep. 13, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal Monday for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that touches almost all aspects of domestic life....

Congressional leaders remember 9/11 on Capitol steps

Sep. 13, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, holding a moment of silence at the U.S. Capitol as they recalled that brief moment when national unity prevailed over political discord. The four top Republicans...

Fence returning to Capitol amid 'online chatter' about rally

Sep. 13, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional security officials have approved the reinstallation of a temporary fence around the Capitol as they prepare for a Saturday rally in defense of the rioters who stormed the building on Jan. 6. The Capitol Police said in a statement that...

NY senators push for funding for weather warning systems

Sep. 12, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pushed Sunday for $33 million in federal funding to upgrade weather warning systems across the state and the country, in response to the deadly, flooding rains dumped by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. ...