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Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Jul. 26, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Monday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of...

Louisiana lawmakers agree to add Caesars name to Superdome

Jul. 22, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome may soon bear the Caesars Entertainment name and logo, under a 20-year naming rights deal with the Saints that is nearing completion and won required legislative backing Thursday. Terms of the contract are still...

Dems hit McConnell, who says GOP won't back debt limit boost

Jul. 22, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats accused Republicans Wednesday of a “shameless, cynical” ploy that would damage the economy and the government's credit rating after the chamber's GOP leader said his party would vote against raising the federal debt limit. In the...

Pritzker makes case for 2nd term: 'We have more yet to do'

Jul. 20, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said he has engineered a road back to sound state finances in making a case for a second term as Illinois governor, but he carefully left open continuing to pursue a graduated income tax that would raise revenue by taking a bigger chunk from...

EXPLAINER: How Democrats hope to enact Biden domestic agenda

Jul. 19, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers’ most consequential battle this year over President Joe Biden’s expansive domestic agenda will snake through a legislative maze that's eye-rolling even by Congress’ standards. In a Capitol where procedures can be exasperating for...

Senator: Bipartisan infrastructure bill loses IRS provision

Jul. 18, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to strengthen IRS enforcement to crack down on tax scofflaws and help fund a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill is officially off the table, Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Sunday. Portman, who is involved in...

Klobuchar: Infrastructure bill could include voting measures

Jul. 18, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Congressional Democrats are exploring ways to include financial incentives for states to expand voting access as part of a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure bill, a key senator said Sunday. Democrats have been struggling to get their marquee election...

Top Senate Dem sets infrastructure vote, pressures lawmakers

Jul. 16, 2021 05:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda. ...

Top Senate Dem sets infrastructure vote, pressures lawmakers

Jul. 15, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pressured lawmakers Thursday to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda. ...

Climate activists hail Dem budget spending on clean energy

Jul. 14, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental groups hailed a sweeping $3.5 trillion domestic spending plan announced by Democrats, saying it would make “transformational investments” in clean energy and jobs and put the nation on a path to cut greenhouse emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The plan...