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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Democrats to Pair Spending Bill With Raising Debt Ceiling, Pressuring G.O.P.

The approach essentially dares Republicans to follow through on their threats to oppose increasing the debt limit, by coupling it with urgently needed federal spending.

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After Setback, Democrats Vow to Push Ahead on Immigration Overhaul

After a top Senate official rejected a proposal to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, Democrats said they would craft an alternative.

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Democrats Propose New Voting Rights Bill

The stripped-down measure is intended to demonstrate party unity in the face of Republican opposition to new federal voting standards.

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Democratic Divisions Flare Over Tax Increases and Drug Pricing

In both the House and the Senate, Democrats are working to resolve their internal differences on a huge social policy measure that will require near-total unity to pass.

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Democrats to Propose New Voting Rights Bill

The stripped-down measure is intended to demonstrate party unity in the face of Republican opposition to new federal voting standards.

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Biden to Visit Northeast Flood Zones as Demand Grows for Climate Action

The president will visit hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, as residents call for more serious action on climate change.

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Back on the Trail, Bernie Sanders Campaigns for the $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

Senator Bernie Sanders is barnstorming the country again, but not for the presidency. Instead, he’s making the case for a $3.5 trillion bill that would be a once-in-a-generation achievement.

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After a Summer of Disasters, Some Lawmakers See a Chance for Climate Action

Congress is considering bills to help communities prepare for extreme weather and to cut the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change. But passage is not assured.

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Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, offered draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

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New York and New Jersey Need an $11B Tunnel. Will Biden Make It Happen?

The transportation secretary said building a new rail link under the Hudson River is critical to the economy far beyond the region.

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Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill, Dealing Blow to Biden and Democrats

All 50 G.O.P. senators opposed the sweeping elections overhaul, leaving a long-shot bid to eliminate the filibuster as Democrats’ best remaining hope to enact legal changes.

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Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

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Joe Biden Is as Puzzled by the Senate as You Are

And he was a senator for 36 years. 

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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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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China

The wide margin of support reflected a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States to counter Beijing.

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Democrats, Converted to Filibuster Foes, Are Set to Force the Issue

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, is lining up votes to build the case for defusing the procedural weapon, which Republicans have used to thwart the party’s agenda.

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Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

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After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

The looming vote on creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault could reignite a clash over the Senate blocking tactic. Activists worry that time is short for a bid to eliminate it.

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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.

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How Chuck Schumer Plans to Win Over Trump Voters

The Senate majority leader also discusses the filibuster, Joe Manchin, and Democrats’ plan for 2022

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Chuck Schumer Looks to Bring Biden’s Vision to Life

The Senate majority leader, observing his own 100 days in charge, is responsible for turning sweeping Democratic plans into law.

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Progressive Lawmakers to Unveil Legislation on Energy and Public Housing

The proposal, billed as the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, offers a clear policy marker for liberals as Democrats seek to influence President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Democrats Win Crucial Tool to Enact Biden’s Plans, Including Infrastructure

A ruling from the parliamentarian appears to clear the way for Democrats to bypass Republicans and fast-track at least one more fiscal package through the Senate on a majority vote.

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House Taps Military Official to Lead Security

The selection of Maj. Gen. William J. Walker as House sergeant-in-arms will place the security of both chambers of Congress in the hands of accomplished military leaders after the Jan. 6 riot.

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Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

After the second mass shooting in a week, the president said tighter gun laws should not be a partisan issue, but Republicans in Congress showed little interest in Democratic proposals.

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After Capitol Riot, Senate Taps Intelligence Official to Lead Security

Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson held top intelligence posts in the military before she joined a post-Jan. 6 security review of the Capitol. She will have an all-female leadership team.

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Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program

Senator Chuck Schumer is objecting to a plan that would raise costs for some of his constituents by bringing flood insurance rates in line with climate risks.

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Biden Stimulus Package Helps Mass Transit Avoid Doomsday Cuts

President Biden’s sweeping stimulus package includes the largest single infusion of federal aid that public transportation has ever received, allowing agencies to scrap plans for draconian cuts.

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Schumer and a Teachers’ Union Boss Secure Billions for Private Schools

The pandemic relief bill includes $2.75 billion for private schools. How it got there is an unlikely political tale, involving Orthodox Jewish lobbying, the Senate majority leader and a teachers’ union president.

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For Chuck Schumer, a Dream Job Comes With Tall Orders

After ascending to the top Senate job during the assault on the Capitol, Chuck Schumer faces a different kind of challenge: steering President Biden’s agenda with no margin for error.

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After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead

With Republicans poised to block Democrats’ top priorities, the party-line vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package showed the gulf between the parties was too wide to be bridged.

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Divided Senate Passes Biden’s Pandemic Aid Plan

The chamber approved the package after a grueling marathon of amendment votes and last-ditch negotiations. The measure must now clear the House a second time.

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Democrats Agree to Trim Unemployment Aid to Keep Stimulus Bill on Track

Bowing to moderates who said the jobless aid was too generous, Democrats dropped their bid to raise a weekly federal unemployment benefit to $400 from $300.

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Biden Readies Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chains

The order is intended to start an effort to insulate the American economy from future shortages of critical imported components.

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Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can’t Save Them.

Without Donald Trump dominating the political conversation, politicians’ audacious behavior isn’t so quickly subsumed.

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Trump’s Dreaded Nickname

Watching the Senate is better than watching reruns.

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Democrats Push to Borrow More Money as Deficit Is Set to Shrink Slightly in 2021

Top Democrats and some of President Biden’s advisers are considering borrowing money to fund a sweeping infrastructure package as the nation’s fiscal situation improves more rapidly than expected.

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How New Yorkers Are Shaping the Trump Impeachment Trial

Helping set the rules is Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, and other lawmakers from the state are lending their voices. 

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

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5 Things N.Y.C. Wants From Biden to Transform Transportation

Transit agencies pummeled by the pandemic are pushing the new administration to fund projects stalled in the Trump years.

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Trump Impeachment Team Denies Incitement in Legal Brief

The lengthy legal brief provided the first extended defense of former President Donald J. Trump’s conduct since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. It arrived as senators locked in rules for an exceedingly fast trial.

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‘The Pressure Is On’: Will Schumer Satisfy the Left?

As he prepares for an impeachment trial this week, Senator Chuck Schumer is at the height of his political power in Washington. At home in New York, he is taking steps to head off a primary challenge from the left.

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Stimulus Update: Democrats Press Ahead as Biden Signals Openness to Changes

The House passed a budget blueprint to allow the president’s $1.9 trillion plan to speed through Congress without Republican backing. But President Biden said he was open to negotiating the details.

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Democrats Press Ahead on Stimulus as Biden Signals Openness to Changes

The House passed a budget blueprint to allow the president’s $1.9 trillion plan to speed through Congress without Republican backing. But President Biden said he was open to negotiating the details.

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Ghosts of 2009 Drive Democrats’ Push for Robust Crisis Response

In their quest for Republican backing, Democrats say they missed opportunities in 2009 for a stronger response to the Great Recession. They’re determined not to repeat the mistake.

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The Senate Needs Absentee Voting, Too

The chamber’s new leadership should get serious about enabling members to vote remotely in the event of emergencies.

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Why Aren’t Progressives Pressuring Biden on the Filibuster?

The president doesn’t want to eliminate the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, an impediment to major legislation. Left-leaning Democrats disagree, but they’re holding their fire for now.

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Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump

All but five Republican senators voted to challenge the constitutionality of the trial, suggesting that Democrats were unlikely to find the 17 they would need to join them in convicting the former president.

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