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Biden meeting with Democrats as $3.5T plan faces party split

Sep. 22, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing shorter, President Joe Biden planned to meet privately Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats as Congress worked to bridge party divisions over his big “build back better” agenda ahead of crucial voting deadlines. The meetings at...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Dutch king's speech outlines limited government plans

Sep. 21, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king outlined a pared-back government plan for the coming year on Tuesday in his traditional speech opening the new parliamentary term that came amid drawn-out negotiations to form a new ruling coalition. With the government of...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 20, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

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. ...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...