For Schumer and Pelosi, the Challenge of a Career With No Margin for Error

The top two Democrats in Congress face a daunting pile of legislative imperatives. With President Biden’s agenda hanging in the balance and few votes to spare, can they get it done?

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Democrats’ Spending Fight Carries High Stakes for Their Candidates

Failure of moderates and progressives to reach a deal would fuel Republican attacks on their competence — with consequences as soon as November in Virginia, and in the midterms next year.

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Why Electric Cars Could Make American Roads Resemble Cuba

As the nation shifts to electric vehicles, picture well-kept but long discontinued gas-powered pickups, especially in areas where charging stations may be sparse.

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Biden Huddles With Democrats as Divisions Threaten His Agenda

Democrats are nearing a make-or-break moment for President Biden’s agenda, with party divisions imperiling top-priority legislation and fiscal crises looming.

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Biden to Meet With Democrats on Pushing His Economic Agenda

The president will sit down separately with Democratic leaders and lawmakers from both chambers as he seeks to advance trillions of dollars in spending.

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Biden’s Problems Are Not Coming From His Left

The moderates’ immodest demands threaten the president’s agenda.

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It’s Not the Left That’s Causing Biden Problems

The moderates’ immodest demands threaten the president’s agenda.

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Biden Urges Climate Action: ‘We Don’t Have Much More Than 10 Years’

President Biden spent two days warning about the climate crisis and promising that his administration would work to confront it, but Congress is not aligned on the solution.

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Covid Isn’t Finished Messing With Politics

Or governorship for that matter. 

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Skilled Workers Are Scarce, Posing a Challenge for Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

One estimate says the bill would add $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy over eight years, but without enough workers, efforts to strengthen roads and public transit could be set back.

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Biden’s Infrastructure Plan: Scarcity of Skilled Workers Poses Challenge

One estimate says the bill would add $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy over eight years, but without enough workers, efforts to strengthen roads and public transit could be set back.

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Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

The United States has about 100,000 public chargers, far fewer than Europe and China. It needs 10 times as many, auto experts say, to complete the switch from combustion engine vehicles.

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Hurricane Ida Offers a Glimpse of the Dystopia That’s Coming for All of Us

Louisiana is no longer an outlier. 

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When Will Biden Join the Fight for Voting Rights?

It’s impossible to conclude that the president has been pulling out all the stops to defend voting rights.

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Biden, Needing a Win, Enters a Sprint for his Economic Agenda

As his poll numbers slide, the president and his aides have mounted an aggressive pitch in Congress and around the country for his spending plans on infrastructure and more.

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Biden Enters a Sprint for his Economic Agenda

As his poll numbers slide, the president and his aides have mounted an aggressive pitch in Congress and around the country for his spending plans on infrastructure and more

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House Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan for Vast Expansion of Safety Net

Democratic leaders had to haggle their way to passage, committing to moderates that there would be a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan by Sept. 27.

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Democrats Scrounge for Votes to Pass $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

With moderates balking, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was working to secure their support for the budget by committing to an eventual vote on the bipartisan infrastructure plan.

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House Democrats Return to D.C. Deeply Divided

The House returns to Washington on Monday to try to win passage of a measure needed to protect a $3.5 trillion social policy bill from a filibuster, but fractures in the party are starting to show.

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Moderates Threaten Stalemate Over Budget Vote and Infrastructure

The letter from nine Democrats, enough to block passage, threatens their party’s two-track plan to pass both a $3.5 trillion social policy budget blueprint and an infrastructure bill.

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The Way the Senate Melted Down Over Crypto Is Very Revealing

It almost derailed the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passage.

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Democrats Ready a Tricky Legislative Two-Step. It’s Been Done Before.

Party leaders hoping to pass the infrastructure and social policy bills in tandem look to a similar maneuver from 2010 that secured the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan, Advancing Sweeping Safety Net Expansion

The blueprint, which would expand Medicaid, provide free preschool and community college, and fund climate change programs, passed along party lines and faces an arduous path ahead.

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Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

The approval came after months of negotiations and despite deficit concerns, reflecting an appetite in both parties for the long-awaited spending package.

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An Obstacle to Amtrak Expansion That Money Won’t Solve

Amtrak and freight rail companies have long clashed over the use of railroad tracks, a dispute that is now playing out along the Gulf Coast, where the agency is seeking to restore service.

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Senators and Biden Aides Struggle to Save Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

A looming deadline and a last-minute need for a new revenue source are complicating a deal that was announced nearly a month ago.

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It Turns Out That the Era of Big Government Isn’t Over

Joe Biden continues to surprise us. 

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It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

Where is the urgency on climate change?

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In New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan May Face a High-Profile Fight

Senator Maggie Hassan, a former governor of her state, is working to burnish her centrist image without making political waves.

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Biden Insists He Can Do More With Less on the Economy

The president’s aides say they have found ways to replace lead pipes, wire homes for broadband and build charging hubs for electric cars, for less money than initially proposed.

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States and Cities Scramble to Spend $350 Billion Stimulus

The Biden administration is betting on the funds to keep the recovery humming, but Republicans say the money is being wasted.

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America Is Undergoing Seismic Changes. Its Politics? Hardly.

The country is recovering from a pandemic and an economic crisis, and its former president is in legal and financial peril. But no political realignment appears to be at hand.

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House Passes Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats loaded their infrastructure measure with climate change spending, staking out a contrast with the Senate’s bipartisan bill that President Biden has embraced.

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As Infrastructure Deal Gathers Steam, Democratic Cracks Begin to Show

House progressives say they can bring down the bipartisan bill if they do not get their priorities too, but as White House lobbying steps up, other Democrats have different ideas.

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Can Biden Get a Coal-State Democrat on Board With His Climate Agenda?

Ultimately, what Democrats are able to pass will depend on Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.

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Infrastructure Deal Is Back on Track After Biden’s Assurances

Moderate Republicans said they believed that the $1.2 trillion bill, which they suggested they could now begin drafting, would have enough G.O.P. support to pass the Senate.

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Biden Walks Back Impromptu Comments That Imperiled Bipartisan Deal

The admission was an attempt by the White House to salvage what had been one of the signature successes for a president who hopes to cement a legacy as a bipartisan deal maker.

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Bipartisan Deal Would Only Meet Some of Nation’s Infrastructure Needs

Experts say the details of the spending will matter — and that, in some areas, more money will be needed to fix beleaguered roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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On Infrastructure, Biden Tests the Limits of Having It Both Ways

The president has long pitched himself as both solidly progressive and committed to bipartisanship. His deal with Republicans, coupled with assurances to liberals, attempts to marry the two.

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Biden and Senators Reach Broad Infrastructure Deal

The bipartisan agreement is a significant victory, but Democratic leaders say it can pass only once a far larger social policy bill is complete.

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Biden and Senators Close In on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Lawmakers were set to take a tentative framework to the White House on Thursday. Administration officials signaled the president was prepared to support it, pending final details.

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Infrastructure Bill Talks Collide With Democrats’ Goal to Tax the Rich

Many Democrats see the push for an infrastructure package as an opportunity to raise taxes on rich individuals and corporations. But resistance is coming from multiple directions.

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Eyeing One Big Economic Bill, Democrats Face Myriad Challenges

With bipartisan infrastructure talks coalescing around a plan that omits many of their top priorities, Democrats are vowing to push through their own package. It won’t be easy.

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A Millennial Economist Helps Power a Tax Evasion ‘Brain Trust’

Natasha Sarin, a protégé of Larry Summers, is taking a leading role developing tax policy at the Treasury Department — to some progressive Democrats’ chagrin.

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Democrats Float $6 Trillion Plan Amid Talks on Narrower Infrastructure Deal

Democrats are considering moving unilaterally on a sweeping economic package even as bipartisan talks continue on a smaller infrastructure bill.

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Biden’s Approval Takes a Hit, Driven by Sagging Hopes Among Democrats

The standstill in Washington has left many Democrats feeling impatient, a new poll suggests.

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Democrats Vow to Push Their Own Infrastructure Plan as Talks Drag On

As progressives balked at an emerging bipartisan deal, top Democrats said they hoped to move forward in July with a budget maneuver that would allow them to push through their own plan.

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Proposal on Infrastructure

Five Democrats and five Republicans announced a plan that would be fully paid for, though they did not offer details. Many lawmakers remained skeptical that it would be approved.

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Collapse of Infrastructure Talks Puts Climate Action at Risk

The chances of pushing climate legislation through Congress, a long shot from the beginning, now appear even more uncertain.

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Biden Ends Infrastructure Talks With Republicans, Falling Short of a Deal

After weeks of failed efforts to bridge deep divides, the president pulled the plug, turning to a bipartisan group to try to salvage a chance at compromise.

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