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Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

Quarreling Dems must put aside differences, Schumer warns

Oct. 14, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned fellow Democrats on Thursday they “must put aside our differences” as the party struggles to coalesce around President Joe Biden's huge but now-scaled-back package of social services and climate change strategies. ...

Stymied by GOP, Senate mounts new push on voting rights bill

Oct. 14, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to try again to advance a sweeping elections and voting overhaul bill, testing objections from Republicans with a vote planned for next week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday. In a letter to colleagues, Schumer,...

Dems consider new immigration plan for domestic policy bill

Oct. 13, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats may propose that the government exercise its existing parole power to let migrants stay temporarily in the United States, aides and advocates said Wednesday, in the party’s latest attempt to use its expansive domestic policy bill to help millions of...

Progressives warn against 'false choice' in Biden bill trims

Oct. 13, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive leaders in Congress are warning colleagues against a “false choice” over what to keep or cut as Democrats scale back President Joe Biden's now-$2 trillion package of social services and climate change strategies. In a letter Wednesday...

'Difficult decisions' as Biden, Democrats shrink plan to $2T

Oct. 12, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

With the calendar slipping toward a new deadline, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning that “difficult decisions must be made” to trim President Joe Biden’s expansive plans for reimagining the nation’s social service programs and tackling climate change. ...

Congress off the rails? Lawmakers barrel toward fall fights

Oct. 11, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Year-end pileups of crucial legislation and the brinkmanship that goes with them are normal behavior for Congress. This autumn, lawmakers are barreling toward battles that are striking for the risks they pose to both parties. Though few doubt that...

McConnell seizes on debt standoff to undermine Biden agenda

Oct. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the frantic bid to avert a default on the nation’s debt, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell held a position of unusual power — as the one who orchestrated both the problem and the solution. McConnell is no longer the majority leader, but...

McConnell says he won't help Dems raise debt limit again

Oct. 08, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he would not again help Democrats extend the government's borrowing authority, raising fresh doubts about how Congress will avert a federal default when a temporary patch expires in December. McConnell...

Senate dodges US debt disaster, voting to extend borrowing

Oct. 07, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate dodged a U.S. debt disaster Thursday night, voting to extend the government’s borrowing authority into December and temporarily avert an unprecedented federal default that experts warned would devastate the economy and harm millions of Americans. ...