Democrats Offer Plan to Cut Drug Costs, Seeking Climate and Tax Deal

The drug-pricing plan was negotiated with Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, but Democrats remain short of agreement on what else would be included in any domestic policy package.

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Kavanaugh Gave Private Assurances on Roe v. Wade. Collins Says He ‘Misled’ Her.

“Roe is 45 years old, it has been reaffirmed many times, lots of people care about it a great deal,” the justice told the senator, according to notes from a private meeting before his confirmation.

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Democrats Can Win This Fall if They Make One Key Promise

To make the 2022 elections a referendum on Roe, Democrats have to put protecting Roe and abortion rights on the table.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #midterm-elections-2022, #polls-and-public-opinion, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

Climate Change Inaction in Congress Has High Costs

The window for congressional action on climate is closing — potentially for quite a while.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Congress Is Paralyzed on Guns. Here’s Why Chris Murphy Is Still Hopeful.

The Democrat from Connecticut, who has spent his decade in the Senate trying and failing to enact gun safety bills, says his party should make the issue the core of its 2022 midterm message.

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Trump Figures in West Virginia House Race

The incumbent-on-incumbent Republican primary between Representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley on Tuesday will again test the former president’s grip on the G.O.P.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #endorsements, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #manchin-joe-iii, #primaries-and-caucuses, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Democrats Plan a Bid to Codify Roe, but Lack the Votes to Succeed

In announcing a Wednesday vote on doomed legislation to enshrine abortion rights into federal law, the top Senate Democrat teed up a political fight for the midterm campaign.

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Lisa Murkowski Bets Big on the Center in Alaska

The Republican senator is leaning into her centrist credentials and bipartisan ties in her re-election race, hoping that voters will reward moderation as the G.O.P. has lurched to the right.

#elections-senate, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Manchinema’

Congress is back. Does President Biden’s agenda still have a chance?

#internal-storyline-no, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

For a Minute There, It Really Was No Child Left Behind

The death of Biden’s child tax credit expansion is an American tragedy. Can it be revived?

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bennet-michael-farrand, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government

To Help Children, Democrats are Going to Have to Reach Across the Aisle

A bipartisan Child Tax Credit expansion may actually be within reach.

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Can Congressional Democrats Make a Deal on Covid Spending With Mitt Romney?

It’s time to stop slathering so much attention on Joe Manchin.

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As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter

Rising costs at the pump, war in Ukraine, an emboldened fossil fuel industry and stalled legislation have imperiled President Biden’s climate agenda.

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Here’s what Biden’s budget would do, and not do, for climate change

The president’s federal spending proposal for the next year contains almost $45 billion to deal with global warming. We looked at the details.

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Senator Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

How the West Virginia lawmaker intervened on behalf of a coal plant, and earned millions along the way.

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How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action.

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Manchin Backs Jackson as Democrats Unite Behind Confirmation

The support of the centrist from West Virginia shows that Democrats are unifying behind Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination in the face of strong Republican opposition.

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Sarah Bloom Raskin, Biden’s Pick for Fed Vice Chair for Supervision, Withdraws

Sarah Bloom Raskin did not appear to have the votes for Senate confirmation as Fed vice chair for supervision after a key Democrat withheld his support.

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Manchin won’t support Raskin for the Federal Reserve, potentially dooming her nomination.

Ms. Raskin was already facing a tough road to confirmation given Republican opposition to her nomination as the Fed’s top cop.

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Lawmakers Push to Ban Russian Oil Imports, Amid White House Resistance

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are pursuing the ban to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but the White House is opposed, warning of energy price spikes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #manchin-joe-iii, #murkowski-lisa, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pelosi-nancy, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Biden Pivots, Democrats Seek to Salvage His Domestic Agenda

The president repackaged his sweeping domestic policy plan with more centrist language, but it remained unclear whether Congress would resurrect key elements of his agenda.

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Uproar Over ‘Crack Pipes’ Puts Biden Drug Strategy at Risk

President Biden has made “harm reduction” a central pillar of his plan to fight a record number of drug-related deaths, but a conservative backlash is threatening the effort.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Democrats Weigh Gas Tax Holiday and Deficit Cuts as Inflation Mounts

Democrats are looking to revamp their legislative agenda to focus on relief for rising prices before November’s midterm elections while trying to salvage their social policy bill.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #house-of-representatives, #inflation-economics, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Overhaul of Electoral Count Act Will Pass, Manchin Says

Senators working to overhaul the law said recent revelations about former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election made their work even more crucial.

#king-angus-jr, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #murkowski-lisa, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #short-marc, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Big Business Will Not Save Us From Itself

There is no way to bypass the arduous, contentious work of building a politics that can sustain a better democracy. 

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How Independent Voters Feel About Biden

Responses to a focus group of independent voters. Also: President Biden and the economy; Boris Johnson; sanctions against Russia; debtors and lawyers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #credit-and-debt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #johnson-boris, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Are New Voting Bill Talks for Real or for Show?

Senators involved in the negotiations underway say the discussions are serious and substantive, but some Democrats remain wary.

#collins-susan-m, #house-of-representatives, #king-angus-jr, #klobuchar-amy, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

On the Filibuster, Joe Manchin Thinks James Madison Is on His Side. Nope.

Arguments about the filibuster need the right context.

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With Broad Safety Net Bill Stalled, Democrats Weigh What to Salvage

As discussions resumed over how to whittle down Democrats’ marquee plan, Senator Joe Manchin, a key holdout, said any talks would be “starting from scratch.”

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Build Back Better’ Hit A Wall But Climate Action Could Move Forward

Some Democrats want to forge ahead with a stand-alone climate bill, but their solution could mean abandoning other parts of President Biden’s agenda.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #markey-edward-j, #politics-and-government, #senate, #solar-energy, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Blame Sinema, Manchin for Voting Rights Impasse

Prominent Democrats are expressing rage at their party’s two filibuster holdouts, rather than at Republicans who are blocking their voting rights bill.

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How Much Would the Senate Change if the Filibuster Were Gone?

A Senate without the filibuster would be different, but majority parties would still sometimes have difficulty legislating.

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What Is Joe Biden Thinking?

The strange strategy of a staggering presidency.

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Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

Readers criticize the court’s decision to reverse a vaccine mandate for large businesses. Also: Intransigent senators; Senate rules; “Don’t Look Up”; smoking.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dont-look-up-movie, #manchin-joe-iii, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #smoking-and-tobacco, #supreme-court-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Senate Showdown

Democrats used an arcane maneuver to pass the legislation, denying Republicans in the Senate the ability to block it from being brought up, as they have done four times previously.

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Manchin’s Choice on Build Back Better: Mine Workers or Mine Owners

Senator Joe Manchin III is caught between the mine workers’ union, which supports President Biden’s social policy and climate bill, and mine owners in his state who oppose it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Why Biden’s Expanded Child Tax Credit Isn’t More Popular

The expansion has expired, and a bill to renew it has stalled. Public opinion is favorable but not overwhelmingly so, for several reasons.

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Biden ‘Over-Promised and Under-Delivered’ on Climate. Now, Trouble Looms in 2022.

Mounting challenges will make the coming months critical for the president’s environmental agenda, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manchin-joe-iii, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Child Tax Credit’s Extra Help Ends, Just as Covid Surges Anew

A pandemic benefit that many progressives hoped to make permanent has lapsed in a congressional standoff. Researchers say it spared many from poverty.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #children-and-childhood, #manchin-joe-iii, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Are Democrats Bad at Politics?

The party has always struggled to figure out how to represent a diverse group of voters with different interests and goals.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #manchin-joe-iii, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

No, the Build Back Better Act Isn’t Dead Yet

The strategy Barack Obama used to resuscitate the A.C.A. offers clues that may help revive the Build Back Better Act, and President Biden’s precarious standing.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #manchin-joe-iii, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

7 Political Wish Lists for the New Year

What do the president, vice president, former president and party leaders want in 2022? We made our best guess.

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Getting Past the Manchin Roadblock and Saving Biden’s Plan

Readers discuss how to salvage Build Back Better, and praise and decry Mr. Manchin. Also: Pause pro sports; the Jan. 6 inquiry.

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Decoding Joe Manchin

The senator’s history suggested he could vote for Build Back Better. Why didn’t he?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joe Manchin Just Did Democrats a Favor on Build Back Better

The Democrats have to stop playing games with expiration dates and do fewer things better. Thanks to Manchin, maybe they finally will.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #national-debt-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Policy Debate at the Heart of the Biden-Manchin Standoff

President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin III have many differences over the proposed domestic policy bill, but one issue stands out: the child tax credit.

#american-families-plan-2021, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

McConnell to Manchin: We’d Love to Have You, Joe

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, says Democratic outrage over Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition to sweeping policy bills shows he is not welcome in his party any longer.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Manchin in the Middle: Is He a ‘No,’ or a ‘Not Yet’?

Democrats have been left hoping that the West Virginian, who fashions himself as an old-school centrist dealmaker, will eventually budge on President Biden’s agenda.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Biden Administration Approves Two California Solar Projects

The solar farms, planned for the California desert, would generate enough electricity to power about 132,000 homes, the Interior Department said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #democratic-party, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #manchin-joe-iii, #riverside-county-calif, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government