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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. ...

Manchin favors trimming Biden budget plan by more than half

Sep. 12, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator vital to the fate of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending said Sunday he won’t support even half that amount or the ambitious timetable envisioned for passing it. The stand by Sen. Joe...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 10, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

Boston Globe. September 5, 2021. Editorial: A new MBTA board of directors should be a priority for Governor Baker A new board helped improve the T’s performance after ‘Snowmaggedon.’ It’s no less necessary now. With the...

Top Dems leave door open to trimming Biden's $3.5T price tag

Sep. 08, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' two top Democrats seemed to leave the door open Wednesday to ultimately reducing the $3.5 trillion price tag of President Joe Biden's plan to boost social and environment programs, illustrating party divisions they will spend weeks trying to resolve. ...

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Sep. 07, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network. As the deadly storm moved from...