Kyrsten Sinema

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill last week appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. Adding to this, West Virginia Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Sunday said he was […]

Democratic governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

BY: - December 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Seventeen Democratic governors are urging the U.S. Senate to pass two bills that aim to protect voting rights. Both measures need 60 votes to advance under Senate rules but have been stalled by Republican opposition in the evenly divided Senate. “Without decisive action by the federal government this year to protect voters’ access […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better measure […]

House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate. Democratic leaders in the House heralded the 220-213 near party-line vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill, touting its provisions on child care, education, health care, taxes […]

Congress clears temporary extension of federal transportation programs

BY: - November 1, 2021

The U.S. House on Thursday night approved another short-term patch for funding of federal transportation programs, essential for keeping roads money flowing to states despite an impasse in Congress. The bill, passed 358-59, would keep programs running at funding levels first approved in 2015 as lawmakers and the White House seek a bargain to pass […]

What’s in—and out—of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

BY: - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden presented to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 year-olds, limits child care costs so that families […]

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

BY: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year — thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we […]

COMMENTARY

Another big lie – ‘they want to steal your retirement’ – gains traction in lead-up to 2022

BY: - October 14, 2021

Upon exposure to harsh political attack ads or campaigns that make outrageous, easily debunked claims, in the old days I’d react with skepticism: “Nobody will believe that crap.” The classic First Amendment ideal would come to mind – that the searing light of truth is the best way to expose falsehoods and lies in the […]

COMMENTARY

A nightmare before Christmas: Unresolved, Senate debt limit posturing risks a financial crash

BY: - October 12, 2021

The myopic partisan brinksmanship that is the predominant pursuit of Congress these days reached a seeming impasse last week over a critical vote to raise the federal debt limit before our elected elites did what they do best: kick the can down the road. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered the Democrats, who hold […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten — investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds — or whether they even decide […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers: President Joe […]