Do Falling Birthrates Spell Doom?

Americans are having fewer children, and some economists are raising alarm bells. A debate over how worried you should actually be.

#babies-and-infants, #birth-rates, #child-care, #families-and-family-life, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-economy

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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.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #capital-gains-tax, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #infrastructure-public-works, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth, #wyden-ron

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sanders-bernard, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Fat Cats on a Hot Tin Roof

Pay up, Monopoly Men; freeloading isn’t cool. 

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #buffett-warren-e, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #infrastructure-public-works, #tax-evasion, #taxation, #wealth-taxx

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #senate, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Won’t Republicans Rebuild America?

A bipartisan infrastructure deal was never going to happen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #browner-carol-m, #democratic-party, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #markey-edward-j, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #capito-shelley-moore, #cassidy-bill-1957, #deese-brian-c-1978, #federal-budget-us, #fitzpatrick-brian-k-1973, #gottheimer-joshua-s-1975, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #transportation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Rethink Strategy as Filibuster Dashed

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Dreams of Ending the Filibuster Dashed, Democrats Rethink Strategy

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Amsterdam Works to Shore Up Its Crumbling Canals and Bridges

For the next two decades, the scenic city and tourist magnet is going to look more like one gigantic construction site.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #canals, #infrastructure-public-works

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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” He didn’t want to be right.

#china, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #iran, #panetta-leon-v, #russia, #saudi-aramco, #united-states, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Health Care Summer of 2009

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Debate Over Obama Healthcare

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will Congress Abandon America’s Seniors?

Republicans are right that elder care only loosely counts as infrastructure. But something must be done about it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #baby-boomers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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White House Warns Companies to Act Now on Ransomware Defenses

An open letter urged them to take many of the defensive steps that the federal government requires of its agencies and contractors.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #infrastructure-public-works, #neuberger-anne, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Narrows Infrastructure Proposal to Win Republican Support

The president offered new concessions this week, including dropping his plan to reverse some of the 2017 tax cuts, as he tries to win support from Senate Republicans.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #senate, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Narrows Infrastructure Request, but Hurdles Remain for Bipartisan Deal

The president offered new concessions this week, including dropping his plan to reverse some of the 2017 tax cuts, as he tries to win support from Senate Republicans.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #senate, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Meets With Capito as Deadline for Infrastructure Deal Looms

President Biden and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican negotiator, had no breakthroughs. But they agreed to speak again on Friday.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #capito-shelley-moore, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #macdonough-elizabeth, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency’s computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion did not pose a risk to riders.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #fireeye-inc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mandiant-corp, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems

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Gateway Tunnel Between New York and New Jersey Gains Federal Support

After four years of stalling by the Trump administration, officials in Washington approved the $11.6 billion project for federal funding.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coscia-anthony-r, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #transportation

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Republicans Present $928 Billion Counteroffer to Biden on Infrastructure

The plan’s total price tag came close to what the president has said he would consider, but it included only a fraction of the new spending he has requested. A compromise faces long odds.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #barrasso-john, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #environment-and-public-works-committee, #federal-budget-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wicker-roger

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Republicans Promise Counteroffer as Infrastructure Talks Falter

President Biden and Democrats are facing difficult decisions about how to move their infrastructure plan through Congress as bipartisan momentum flags.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #collins-susan-m, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-budget-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #romney-mitt, #sinema-kyrsten, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Talks Bog Down, Hopes for Bipartisan Deals on Biden’s Priorities Dim

Democrats and Republicans remain at odds on issues such as infrastructure, policing reform and a commission on the Jan. 6 Capitol assault.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #police-reform, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Sends Republicans New Infrastructure Offer, but a Gulf Remains

The president’s $1.7 trillion proposal cuts $500 billion from his initial plan, but it does little to resolve difficult questions of how to offset the spending.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

Aided by grants, artists are creating ground murals and other projects on roadways, underpasses and in public squares.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #asphalt, #chattanooga-tenn, #culture-arts, #infrastructure-public-works, #kansas-city-mo, #murals, #philanthropy, #reno-nev, #urban-areas

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Electric Pickups Could Make or Break Biden’s Infrastructure Plans

The transition to an electric-car future will be an uphill battle, with the president and Republicans in Congress at odds over his $4 trillion economic agenda.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Gaza War Deepens a Long-Running Humanitarian Crisis

The Palestinian enclave was already in a dire state. The war with Israel has made it worse, damaging the health and sewage systems, closing schools and displacing tens of thousands.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #european-union, #hamas, #infrastructure-public-works, #palestinians, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Inspector Who Twice Missed Crack in Bridge Is Fired, Arkansas Officials Say

The inspector didn’t see the crack “because he wasn’t following proper protocol,” the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation said.

#arkansas, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #memphis-tenn, #mississippi-river, #transportation

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Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.

Rural communities have long complained about their lack of internet access. The pandemic and President Biden’s infrastructure plan are giving them hope for a solution.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #iowa, #labor-and-jobs, #rural-areas, #united-states-economy, #weiler-inc

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We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

The payment clears the way for gas to begin flowing again, but it risks emboldening other criminal groups to take American companies hostage by seizing control of their computers.

#american-automobile-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #east-coast-us, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #national-security-council, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shortages, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amid Economic Turmoil, Biden Stays Focused on Longer Term

The president’s advisers are pushing their most detailed argument yet for the long-term benefits of a $4 trillion agenda to remake the American economy.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #rouse-cecilia-e, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

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Cracked Memphis Bridge Is Shut Down Indefinitely

The Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River could be closed for weeks, if not longer, because of damage that could have led to “a catastrophic event.”

#arkansas, #bridges-and-tunnels, #cohen-stephen-i, #infrastructure-public-works, #memphis-tenn

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Biden Courts Democrats and Republican Leaders on Infrastructure

The meeting produced little progress, underscoring the political challenge for President Biden as he seeks to exploit the narrowest of majorities in Congress to revive the country’s economy.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #cheney-liz, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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G.O.P. Senator Faces Fraught Path to Infrastructure Deal

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has been discussing a potential bipartisan infrastructure deal with the White House, but a compromise faces stiff Republican resistance.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #capito-shelley-moore, #content-type-personal-profile, #infrastructure-public-works, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

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Biden’s ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders

President Biden met with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and the Senate in a bid to “reach some consensus,” he said.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe and Mitch Hold a Frenemy Summit

The president’s meeting with leaders from both parties will be a test of what friendship means in Washington these days.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Once Deal Makers, Biden and McConnell Are Miles Apart

Their longstanding relationship has so far yielded no trace of compromise. Now Senator Mitch McConnell says he is focused on stopping President Biden’s agenda in its tracks.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel

Growing domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast, increasing the reliance on fuel sent from Texas.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #united-states

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Biden Promises to ‘Build Back Better.’ Some Climate Experts See Trouble.

Critics say the administration hasn’t defined a clear climate resilience strategy and has been slow to fill key jobs to coordinate that work.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Save Penn Station, New York Wants to Build 10 Skyscrapers

The state says revenue from the new towers can finance the rebuilding of the rail terminal. But the pandemic has upended the need for office space.

#34th-street-partnership, #amtrak, #brewer-gale-a, #de-blasio-bill, #eminent-domain, #empire-state-building-manhattan-ny, #empire-state-development-corp, #infrastructure-public-works, #madison-square-garden, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-and-retail, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #subways, #vornado-realty-trust

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Can the Biden Agenda Fix Middle America’s Deepest Problem?

One key economic goal is to create the virtuous cycles of innovation and jobs that already occur in many coastal cities.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #appalachian-region, #infrastructure-public-works, #lincoln-neb, #united-states-economy

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Schumer Readies Plan B to Push Immigration Changes Unilaterally

Should bipartisan talks stall, the Senate majority leader is exploring trying to use budget reconciliation to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #congressional-hispanic-caucus, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #federal-budget-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #infrastructure-public-works, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can Pete Buttigieg Deliver Joe Manchin?

Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan may depend on it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Expansive Infrastructure Plan Hits Close to Home for McConnell

President Biden’s infrastructure plan could fund a long-overdue revamp of the Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky. But the Senate Republican leader opposes it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brent-spence-bridge-cincinnati-ohio, #bridges-and-tunnels, #cincinnati-ohio, #infrastructure-public-works, #kentucky, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why a $10,000 Tax Deduction Could Hold Up Trillions in Stimulus Funds

The fight over SALT is a case study in the age-old conflict between constituent politics and national policy.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #infrastructure-public-works, #institute-on-taxation-and-economic-policy, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #property-taxes, #stimulus-economic, #suozzi-thomas-r, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Promote His Infrastructure Plan, Biden Revisits ‘Amtrak Joe’ Days

Mr. Biden’s visit to a Philadelphia Amtrak station is a message that his agenda includes plenty of money for traditional projects like railroads, bridges and tunnels.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #senate, #transit-systems, #united-states-politics-and-government

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