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Biden backs tighter limits on stimulus checks to speed COVID-19 relief bill

By Laura Litvan and Erik Wasson | Bloomberg President Joe Biden has agreed to moderate Democrats’ demands to narrow eligibility for stimulus checks, but rejected a push to trim extra unemployment benefits, as he tries to win support for his $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill, according to a Democratic aide. Individuals earning over $80,000 now won’t qualify for the direct payments, compared with a $100,000 cap in the previously drafted legislation, the aide said on condition of anonymity. The ce...
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Here's why Democrats want to bring back earmarks and Republicans want to ban them forever

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images Democrats want to bring back earmarks, but face strong opposition from Republicans. Republicans, who banned earmarks a decade ago, want to permanently do away with them, citing past abuses. Democrats argue that members of Congress use them to receive funding for community projects. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Earmarks used to be a major - and controversial - tool for getting difficult le...
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Biden hit with first Cabinet defeat as White House withdraws Neera Tanden nomination for budget chief

Neera Tanden. Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Biden's pick to head the White House budget office withdrew on Tuesday. Sen. Joe Manchin came out in opposition to Neera Tanden's nomination, jeopardizing her path forward in an evenly divided Senate. Tanden sparked controversy because of her heated attacks on Republicans — and some on the left, too. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden was hit with his first cabinet defeat on Tuesday as his pick t...
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Bernie Sanders promises Senate vote on $15 minimum wage as Democrats get ready to approve the stimulus package

US Senator Bernie Sanders, Chairman of the Budget Committee, speaks during a committee hearing regarding wages at large corporations, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 25, 2021. STEFANI REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he will push for a vote on raising the minimum wage. The pledge comes after the Senate parliamentarian ruled against passing a wage hike by reconciliation. "If we fail in this legislation, I will be back," Sanders said. Visit th...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, White House, US, West Virginia, Trends, Minimum Wage, Economy, Policy, Gop, Washington Dc, Iowa, Capitol Hill, Vermont, Bernie Sanders


Sen. Joe Manchin on ending the filibuster: 'Jesus Christ, what don't you understand about 'never'?'

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) arrives for the Senate Impeachment trials at the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images US Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said Monday he will "never" change his mind on the filibuster. The filibuster means that 60 votes are needed to pass most legislation in the Senate. "Jesus Christ, what don't you understand about 'never'?" Manchin said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In a d...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, White House, West Virginia, Trends, US Senate, Charles Davis, Reconciliation, Jesus Christ, Capitol, Bloomberg News, Manchin, Joe Manchin, Sen Joe Manchin


23 progressive Democrats including AOC urge Biden to overrule top Senate official and keep a $15 minimum wage in the stimulus package

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ro Khanna. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images House progressives are urging Biden to overrule a Senate official and keep a $15 minimum wage in the stimulus plan. The effort is led by Rep. Ro Khanna, but signatories include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans," Khanna said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A group of Hou...
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23 progressive Democrats including AOC urge Biden to overrule top Senate official and keep $15 per hour minimum wage in the stimulus package

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images A group of 23 House progressives are urging Biden to overrule a key Senate official and keep a $15 an hour minimum wage in the stimulus plan. The effort is led by Rep. Ro Khanna, but signatories include Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans," Khanna said in a statement. Visit the Bu...
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Below The Radar – Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act

Below The Radar – Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act Washington D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- To anti-Second Amendment extremists, anything that allows a law-abiding American citizen to exercise their Second Amendment rights is a “loophole.” Second Amendment supporters, though, often find people questioning this mindset – often because they don’t know the current laws, how little they are enforced, or what anti-Second Amendment extremists ultimately want to subject this country to...
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How Democrats can pass a minimum wage increase to $15 after a major setback from the Senate parliamentarian

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, examining wages at large profitable corporations. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool Democrats were dealt a blow to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Thursday evening. The Senate parliamentarian advised the wage hike doesn't meet the rules of budget reconciliation.  Here are the options Democrats have left in their toolbox to pass a minimum wage increa...
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Bernie Sanders says Democrats will try to devise a backdoor to implement a $15 minimum wage after major stimulus setback

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks during an interview with MSNBC in the Russell Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images A federal minimum wage hike was struck from the stimulus package on Thursday. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Democrats instead will propose to strip tax deductions from large corporations who don't pay workers at least $15 an hour. He also said they would provide incentives to small businesses so that they can raise...
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House Democrats gear up for Friday vote on the $1.9 trillion Biden stimulus package

Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images House Democrats have scheduled a final floor vote for Friday. Republicans strongly oppose the plan, arguing it contains a litany of progressive priorities. Senate Democrats are awaiting a ruling that would determine whether a $15 minimum wage can be included in the final package. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. House Democrats on Wednesday were setting the stage for a floor vote on Friday, as their S...
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3 Republican senators grilling Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland deny climate science

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Caroline Brehman/Getty Images Three Republican senators grilling Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Deb Haaland this week have denied well-established climate science.  Republicans attacked Haaland during her confirmation hearings for previously arguing that the GOP doesn't "believe in science."  Haaland's nomination is evidence of increasing national concern for climate issues....
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Tanden faces new hurdles in Senate confirmation

By Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by President Joe Biden’s choice of Neera Tanden to lead the White House budget office, even as she faced new hurdles Wednesday after two Senate committees postponed consideration of her nomination. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Tanden and the White House had been in touch with senators and advocacy groups to answer any questions they may have on her nomination. “We’re...
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Mitt Romney criticizes Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan as a 'clunker' with a 'troublesome' amount of aid to states

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, pauses to answer questions from reporters as senators arrive to vote on President Joe Biden's nominee for United Nation's ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Scott J. Applewhite/AP Sen. Mitt Romney criticized Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan at a New York Times DealBook event. Romney said the bill designates too much aid to states with budget surpluses.  The senator also criticized the bill as a "cl...
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Republicans cite lack of outreach for split on stimulus, but Biden made his plans clear weeks ago

President Joe Biden. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Republicans are citing Biden's lack of outreach as a reason for not supporting his $1.9 trillion stimulus. But Biden met with 10 GOP senators weeks ago, and he made clear he would prioritize speedy relief over bipartisanship. The plan just passed the House Budget Committee, and Democrats plan to get it on Biden's desk by mid-March. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When President Joe Biden met wi...
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10 Things in Politics: 125 of Trump's top enablers

Al Drago/Getty; Brendan Smialowski/Getty; Yana Paskova/Getty; Tom Williams/Getty; Dominique Faget/Getty; Olivier Douliery; Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty; Skye Gould/Insider Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send your tips and thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what you need to know:Exclusive: The 125 enablers who fueled Trump's rise.MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell s...
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10 Things in Politics: Our database of Trump's top enablers

Al Drago/Getty; Brendan Smialowski/Getty; Yana Paskova/Getty; Tom Williams/Getty; Dominique Faget/Getty; Olivier Douliery; Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty; Skye Gould/Insider Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send your tips and thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what you need to know:Exclusive: The 125 enablers who fueled Trump's rise.MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell s...
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Joe Manchin poses a threat to raising the minimum wage, even though 250,000 West Virginians would benefit from the increase

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, speaks during a news conference with a bipartisan group of lawmakers as they announce a proposal for a Covid-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill, on Monday, December 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Al Drago for The Washington Post via Getty Images Democrats are staging a final push to include minimum wage legislation in Biden's stimulus plan. But one of the party's most conservative Senators, Joe Manchin has ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, US, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, Cnn, Arizona, Capitol Hill, Biden, Vermont, Kamala Harris


Census delays are scrambling the once-in-a-decade redistricting that will shape the 2022 midterms

US Census workers stand outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 24, 2020 in New York City Noam Galai/Getty Images Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Census data delays are already throwing a curveball in the 2022 midterms.  The detailed data states use for redistricting may not get to states by September.  States may have to delay primary dates and make last-minute changes.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The COVID-19 pandemic's deleterious imp...
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Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition means the minimum wage hike Biden ran on is unlikely to be in the Senate's $1.9 trillion stimulus package

In this Feb. 13, 2021, file photo Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington Alex Brandon/AP An increase to the federal minimum wage likely won't be passed in a COVID stimulus package.  Biden reportedly told governors that he doesn't think the move would comply with a Senate rule. Two key Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have also thrown cold water on the idea. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democrats are gearing up to pass Pr...
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The minimum wage hike Biden ran on is unlikely to be in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package because of 2 centrist Democrats

In this Feb. 13, 2021, file photo Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington Alex Brandon/AP An increase to the federal minimum wage likely won't be passed in a COVID stimulus package.  Biden reportedly told governors that he doesn't think the move would comply with a Senate rule. Two key Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have also thrown cold water on the idea. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democrats are gearing up to pass Pr...
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Bernie Sanders is 'confident' that the $15 minimum wage will remain in COVID-19 relief package

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images Sanders expressed confidence that the minimum wage hike will remain in the COVID-19 relief package. The Senate parliamentarian will determine if the wage increase can be passed through reconciliation. Sanders still faces resistance from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Saturday expressed confidence tha...
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Sen. Manchin says he’ll vote against Biden’s OMB pick

By Lauren Fox | CNN Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday he will vote against Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget, making her confirmation unlikely given Republican resistance to her nomination. Biden said, “No,” when asked if he planned to pull Tanden’s nomination because of Manchin’s announcement, adding, “I think we’re gonna find the votes to get her confirmed.” In a brief statement, the moderate West Virginia Democrat sa...
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Democrat Joe Manchin says he won't vote to confirm Neera Tanden, Biden's pick for White House budget director

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to the press in Washington, DC Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he won't vote to confirm Neera Tanden. Tanden, who is Biden's nominee for OMB director, is now unlikely to be confirmed.  Manchin cited Tanden's "overtly partisan statements" and tweets in explaining his opposition. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Friday said he won't vote to confirm Neera...
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The minimum wage hike Biden ran on is unlikely to be in the Senate's $1.9 trillion stimulus package

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington Evan Vucci/AP An increase to the federal minimum wage likely won't be passed in a COVID stimulus package.  Biden reportedly told governors that he doesn't think the move would comply with a Senate rule. Two key Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have also thrown cold water on the idea. Visit the Business section of Insider for more sto...
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Biden faces questions about commitment to minimum wage hike

By WILL WEISSERT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrence Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn’t so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden h...
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10 Things in Politics: The Republicans who want to kill Biden's agenda

Republican attorneys general are ready to challenge Joe Biden in court. Clockwise from top left: Patrick Morrisey, Daniel Cameron, Ken Paxton, Lynn Fitch, Jeff Landry, and Leslie Rutledge. Win McNamee/Getty Images; AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley; REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst; AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call; Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Good morning! Welcome to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send me your tip...
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'Unbelievable': Bernie Sanders slams Democrats who want to narrow income eligibility for stimulus payments

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Jim Watson/Pool via AP Bernie Sanders criticized Democrats who want to target the next round of stimulus checks. "In these difficult times, ALL working class people deserve the full $1,400," he tweeted. Last week, Democrats began the reconciliation process for Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Saturday criticized Democrats who are seeking to lower the income eligibi...
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A pair of House lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan plan to maintain a $75,000 income threshold for the $1,400 stimulus checks

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE At-large District), at a forum to examine evidence-based violence prevention and school safety measures. Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware and Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia introduced bipartisan legislation to issue $1,400 stimulus checks with a $75,000 threshold. The legislation would maintain the income threshold of the previous $600 stimulus payment. Lawmakers supported excluding higher-income Amer...
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10 Things in Politics: Trump's coming revenge tour

President Donald Trump celebrates his acquittal from his first Senate impeachment trial last year. Nicholas Kamm / Getty images Good morning! Thank you for joining us for our first week of 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send me your tips, thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths. Here's what you need to know:Trump is plotting his post-impeachment revengeA $15 minimum wage may not make it into the s...
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