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Senator, skiers raise equity concerns over Mt. Bachelor pass

Oct. 14, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A new ski pass that allows people who pay more to bypass most chairlift lines at Mt. Bachelor in Bend is causing concern among skiers, snowboarders and Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden over equity issues. The pass, called Fast Tracks, starts at $49 and...

Ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices under pressure

Oct. 06, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donna Weiner looks at Medicare’s prescription drug program from two different points of view. As a participant, she wants to pay less for her medicines, which cost her about $6,000 a year. As a retired accountant who spent 50 years handling the books...

On climate change, Biden $3.5T plan making up for lost time

Sep. 28, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden visited one disaster site after another this summer — from California wildfires to hurricane-induced flooding in Louisiana and New York — he said climate change is “everybody’s crisis” and America must get serious about the “code red”...

Democrats see tax 'framework' to pay for huge $3.5T package

Sep. 23, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a framework of options to pay for their huge, emerging social and environment bill, top Democrats said Thursday. Now they face the daunting task of narrowing the menu to tax possibilities they can pass to fund...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Sep. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The...

Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 09:20 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. ...

Internet funding rule could favor rural areas over cities

Sep. 12, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

Cities and urban counties across the U.S. are raising concerns that a recent rule from President Joe Biden's administration could preclude them from tapping into $350 billion of coronavirus relief aid to expand high-speed internet connections. Biden has set a goal of...

The Latest: Alaska Gov: Biden’s vaccine order 'un-American'

Sep. 10, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s effort to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive, and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced medical...

White House taps populist message as Biden pushes $3.5T plan

Sep. 07, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is preparing an urgent and populist message for selling President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion “build back better” agenda, even as House committee leaders begin churning out pieces of the forthcoming measure. In a memo being sent...