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Big climate bill: Major new spending to spur green energy

Aug. 11, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide...

Politicians, energy experts, advocates on climate bill

Aug. 11, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

Congress is expected on Friday to pass a major bill that includes close to $375 billion in spending related to fighting climate change. The bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, will infuse cash, subsidies and tax breaks into various sectors of the economy, all aimed at making green energy much...

What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings

Aug. 07, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not as robust as the proposal President Joe Biden once envisioned to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems, the Democrats' compromise of health care, climate change and deficit-reduction strategies is still a substantial undertaking. ...

Dems change some tax provisions as they ready economic bill

Aug. 06, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pared part of their proposed minimum tax on huge corporations and made other changes in their giant economic bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday, as they drove toward delivering a campaign-season victory to President Joe Biden on his domestic agenda....

Democrats' big package: What remains in and what's out?

Aug. 05, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's nowhere near the $4 trillion proposal President Joe Biden first launched to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems but the compromise package of inflation-fighting health care, climate change and deficit reduction strategies appears on track...

Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low

Aug. 02, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

Washington (AP) — The number of people living in America without health insurance coverage hit an all-time low of 8 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. “Every American has the right to the peace of mind that comes with access to...

States boost child care money as congressional effort stalls

Jul. 31, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Difficulties in finding affordable child care cost Enoshja Ruffin her job three years ago. The mother of six was let go from her position as a counselor for kids with cerebral palsy after she missed three shifts because she had trouble finding babysitters. After...

Unexpected deal would boost Biden pledge on climate change

Jul. 28, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unexpected deal reached by Senate Democrats would be the most ambitious action ever taken by the United States to address global warming and could help President Joe Biden come close to meeting his pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, experts said Thursday,...

Rejected by courts, retirees take last shot to save pensions

Jul. 28, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Muffley thought he had it made when it came to a solid retirement. The Indiana man spent roughly 30 years as a salaried maintenance technician for Delphi Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors Corp., and expected to retire with a comfortable income by the time he hit 62. ...

What's in, and out, of Democrats' inflation-fighting package

Jul. 28, 2022 07:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as a $4 trillion effort during President Joe Biden's first months in office to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems has ended up a much slimmer, but not unsubstantial, compromise package of inflation-fighting health care, climate change...