Democrats Press the White House for a More Assertive Response to Roe’s Fall

The initial response by President Biden and other Democratic leaders to the overturning of Roe struck many Democrats as painfully inadequate.

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Gun Talks Put Senate’s Tattered Credibility on the Line

After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.

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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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House Poised to Pass Nearly $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package

As lawmakers have embraced more than $50 billion to Kyiv within two months, they have largely refrained from raising concerns or questioning the Biden administration’s strategy.

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How Democrats Want to Put Republicans on the Defensive on Abortion

While conservatives control the courts and key states, the public tends to lean in favor of abortion rights. Democratic leaders are trying to translate that sentiment into victories for the party.

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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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Democrats Vow Response to Roe v. Wade Ruling but Have Few Options

With neither the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster of legislation to protect abortion rights nor the 50 votes to pass it, Senate Democrats said they would try anyway.

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Democrats Aim to Fill as Many Court Vacancies as Possible by End of 2022

Democrats aim to fill as many court vacancies as possible by the end of 2022, when Senate Republicans are in reach of winning control and slamming the brakes on President Biden’s picks.

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How Chuck Schumer Avoided a Primary Challenge From the Left

Despite months of speculation, no prominent progressive has so far come forward to challenge the Democratic majority leader, who has worked hard to shore up his left flank.

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President Biden Pressures Congress for Emergency Covid Funds

Billions of dollars in aid hang in the balance, just as the government is running low on money for additional booster doses and a highly contagious new subvariant looms.

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President Biden Pressures Congress for Emergency Covid Funds

Billions of dollars in aid hang in the balance, just as the government is running low on money for additional booster doses and a highly contagious new subvariant looms.

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Federal Covid Cash Kept New York State Afloat. That Could End Soon.

An influx of federal funds may have saved the M.T.A. and staved off painful budget cuts in Albany and New York City. There’s a fight over what comes next.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #schumer-charles-e

Democrats Ask Biden to Review Treatment of Black Migrants

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, is among 100 Democrats seeking a review of how Black migrants are treated by the immigration enforcement system.

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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.

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Senate Passes Bill to Bar Forced Arbitration in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Senate passage was the latest evidence that Democrats, fresh off a string of legislative failures on their broader domestic agenda, are focusing on narrower measures with bipartisan support.

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Let’s All Sweat Student Debt

Flick that pen, Joe.

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Pelosi Says She Would Accept Stock Ban for Lawmakers and Judges

The speaker had resisted a ban, which has been championed by lawmakers in competitive re-election races. Now she says she would be open to it if it included the judicial branch.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government

Will East Harlem Ever Get its Long-Delayed Subway?

Residents have been waiting almost a century for new stations. Some aren’t sure they’ll be built.

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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.

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Democrats Plan to Move Quickly on Justice Breyer’s Successor

Given their tenuous majority, Democrats intend to act fast, anticipating roadblocks from Senator Mitch McConnell and Republicans.

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On Voting Rights Bill, Democrats Say They Had to Go Down Swinging

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, chose to plunge ahead because of the importance of the issue even after the outcome became preordained.

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Democrats Face a Dilemma on Voting: Compromise or Keep Pressing?

With their broad voting rights push nearing a dead end, Democrats must soon decide whether to embrace a far narrower bipartisan effort to protect vote counting and administration.

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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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Senate Returns to Deal With Biden’s Stalled Agenda

The president’s domestic policy ambitions hang in the balance, but little legislative action is expected ahead of the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.

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Democrats, Voting Rights Are Not the Problem

It isn’t voting that needs fixing, but what comes after it and the public’s confidence in the results. 

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Voting Rights Should Not Be the Focus of Election Reform

It isn’t voting that needs fixing, but what comes after it and the public’s confidence in the results. 

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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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Schumer Will Try to Change Senate Rules if G.O.P. Stalls Voting Bill

The Senate majority leader still lacks the votes to alter the filibuster, but he said he will renew the effort to enact voting rights measures as early as the first week of January.

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Schumer Vows to Bring Spending Plan Back to Senate

A day after Senator Joe Manchin III said he could not support a $2.2 trillion climate, tax and spending plan, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, was undeterred.

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Senate Confirms Biden’s 40th Judge, Tying a Reagan-Era Record

President Biden saw more of his judicial nominees confirmed in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan. The Senate confirmed 18 federal judges in Donald Trump’s first year.

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Manchin Balks on Social Policy Bill; Democrats May Punt to 2022

A self-imposed Christmas deadline for action on the $2.2 trillion social safety net, climate and tax package appeared likely to slip as negotiations with the West Virginia Democrat faltered.

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King Family and Activists Plan Marches to Spur Action on Voting Rights

Prominent backers of stalled voting rights legislation plan a blitz emphasizing the urgent need to counter new state restrictions.

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Democrats Set Debt Limit Increase at $2.5 Trillion Ahead of Senate Vote

The figure would allow the government to continue borrowing to finance its obligations without further action by Congress until after the 2022 midterm elections.

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Deals Reached on 3 Major NYC Transportation Projects

Elected officials announced deals on funding of a new international terminal at Kennedy Airport and improvements to commuter train service.

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Senate Clears Last Hurdle to Raising Debt Ceiling

Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting to take up legislation that would pave the way for Congress to raise the debt ceiling by a simple majority vote, skirting a filibuster.

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The Debt Ceiling and More: Congress Has a Pre-Break To-Do List

Governing by brinkmanship means missing lots of vacations.

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Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates

With federal funding set to lapse on Friday, President Biden’s mandate for large employers has emerged as a sticking point over a stopgap spending bill.

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How Nancy Pelosi Got Biden’s Build Back Better Bill Back on Track

The House’s approval of a sweeping social policy bill after weeks of fits and starts notched another win for the speaker in a career defined by them.

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New Wrinkle in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: New Wrinkle as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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N.Y. Taxi Drivers Will Receive Millions in Aid After Hunger Strike

The announcement was a victory for drivers who stopped eating to protest an earlier bailout plan they said did not go far enough.

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Democrats Reach Deal to Control Drug Prices in Bill

The provision would, for the first time, allow the government to negotiate prices for some medicines covered by Medicare.

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Democrats Reach Deal to Control Drug Prices in Social Policy Bill

The provision would, for the first time, allow the government to negotiate prices for some medicines covered by Medicare.

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Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain

Negotiators were closing in on a deal that could spend around $1.75 trillion, but lawmakers were still haggling over critical disagreements on the sprawling social policy bill.

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Biden Meets With Manchin and Schumer to Iron Out Spending Bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hoped to pass an infrastructure bill and have a deal in hand on the social policy bill by the end of the week.

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Biden Meets With Manchin and Schumer as Democrats Race to Finish Social Policy Bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hoped to pass an infrastructure bill and have a deal in hand on the social policy bill by the end of the week.

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Biden Bolsters Senate Filibuster Foes, but a Fight May Wait

The president’s criticism of the Senate tactic was a recognition that legislating has become nearly impossible when the filibuster is routine.

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Democrats Search for Path on Voting Rights Amid Republican Blockade

Backers of the legislation said they were not giving up as they shifted focus to the need to “restore” the Senate.

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Senate G.O.P. Blocks Voting Rights Bill for Third Time This Year

The third filibuster of such a measure underscored how the legislation is unlikely to move forward without a change in Senate rules.

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