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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Senate Filibuster Debate Roils Chamber

Before the Senate can get down to business, Senator Mitch McConnell wants Democrats to promise not to scrap the procedural weapon that can grind the chamber to a halt. Democrats are balking.

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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Played Key Role in Trump’s Plot to Oust Acting Attorney General

The involvement of Representative Scott Perry underlined how far the former president was willing to go in using the government to subvert the election, turning to more junior and relatively unknown figures for help.

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Senate Leaders Agree on Impeachment Trial Delay, Giving Biden Breathing Room

The plan would put off the historic proceeding until Feb. 9, giving former President Donald J. Trump time to prepare his defense and allowing President Biden to fill his cabinet and begin work on his agenda.

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McConnell Seeks Impeachment Trial Delay as Senate Dysfunction Reigns

The Republican leader’s call to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s trial left the timetable uncertain as party leaders wrangled over the basics of a functioning Senate.

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Queens Man Wanted ‘Execution’ of Schumer and Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Says

Brendan Hunt, a fervent supporter of President Trump, is also accused of urging the killing of members of Congress before Inauguration Day.

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Democrats, Assuming Power, Face Recalcitrant Republicans

The looming impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate also presents a complication for Democrats hoping for a fast start in the Biden era.

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Cuomo Offers Doomsday Proposal to Attack a Possible $15 Billion Deficit

Without a full federal aid package, the state would have to cut $2.6 billion in school and Medicaid spending, the governor said.

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N.Y.C. Transit Postpones 4% Fare Hike, Hoping for Federal Rescue

The cash-strapped agency is delaying the increase amid pressure from advocates and elected officials who say the change would hurt essential and low-wage workers.

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New Yorkers in the Biden Administration

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Janet L. Yellen, Deanne Criswell and others with connections to the city are poised to have influence on policies.

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Biden Outlines $1.9 Trillion Spending Package to Combat Virus and Downturn

The president-elect detailed plans for an initial effort to fight the coronavirus and a subsequent one to address economic recovery.

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Senate Balances Impeachment Trial With an Incoming President

Senate leaders were working to agree on a dual track to try the departing president at the same time it considered the agenda of the incoming one, an exercise never tried before.

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Virus Siphons $2.5 Billion in N.Y.C. Property Tax Revenue

The value of office buildings and hotel properties, which have all but emptied out since the pandemic began, is expected to take a nosedive.

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Biden Set to Call for Big Spending on Stimulus and Vaccines

The president-elect is expected to lay out his plans today for an initial effort to combat the coronavirus and a subsequent one to address economic recovery.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-transition-us, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

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What Schumer’s Rise to Senate Majority Leader Means for New York

Senator Chuck Schumer is poised to become the state’s first Senate majority leader, putting New York in position to reap the benefits.

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How The Capitol Attack Led Democrats to Demand Trump’s Resignation

The White House was propelled deeper into crisis as officials resigned in protest and prominent Republicans broke with the president after he incited a mob that assaulted Congress.

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With Georgia Senate Wins, Democrats Solidify Power in Washington

Senator Chuck Schumer will fulfill his ambition of becoming majority leader as Senator Mitch McConnell returns to heading the minority, shifting the policy agenda as Joe Biden takes office.

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‘No Realistic Path’ for Quick Vote on $2,000 Stimulus Checks, McConnell Says

The Senate leader all but ended any chance of increasing direct payments, despite some Republican support for the effort.

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How Trump Has Jeopardized Stimulus Relief

The president’s demand that Congress amend a giant coronavirus relief and government spending bill has raised the unexpected prospect that help may no longer be days away.

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A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

Top party leaders cinched a $900 billion relief deal after laying down their swords. But it took an empowered, bipartisan group of moderates to help bridge the divide.

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Coronavirus Stimulus Bolsters Biden, Shows Potential Path for Agenda

Working together with the president-elect, bipartisan groups in the Senate and House helped push feuding leaders to compromise. It could be a template for the future.

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Congress Strikes Long-Sought Stimulus Deal to Provide $900 Billion in Aid

Leaders said they had an agreement on a pandemic aid plan including payments to Americans, jobless benefits and funds for businesses and vaccine distribution, but the timing of final votes was unclear.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Staring Down Deadline, Congress Nears $900 Billion Stimulus Deal

The emerging compromise would provide emergency stimulus payments, jobless aid and rental assistance, extending help to businesses and funding the distribution of a vaccine. But more is likely to be needed.

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Leaders in Congress Meet in Search of Spending and Stimulus Deals

The top four congressional leaders had their first in-person spending discussions in months, but were still short of a deal on a pandemic stimulus measure or a broader spending plan.

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