Alan Fram

Government, Business

Democrats Say They’ve Reached Agreement on Economic Package

Kyrsten Sinema Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, shown Aug. 3, said in a statement that she was ready to “move forward” on the bill (J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have agreed to eleventh-hour changes to their marquee economic legislation, they announced late Aug. 4, clearing the major impediment to pushing one of President Joe Biden’s paramount election-year priorities through the chamber in coming days.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
August 5, 2022
Government

Senate Gives Final Approval to $1.5 Trillion Budget Bill

 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “We promised the Ukrainian people they would not go at it alone in their fight against Putin." (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — A $13.6 billion emergency package of military and humanitarian aid for besieged Ukraine and its European allies easily won final congressional approval March 10, hitching a ride on a government-wide spending bill that’s five months late but loaded with political prizes for both parties.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 11, 2022
Government, Business

House OKs Bill Easing Budget Strains on Postal Service

USPS trucks Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Congress would lift onerous budget requirements that have helped push the Postal Service deeply into debt and would require it to continue delivering mail six days per week under bipartisan legislation the House approved Feb. 8.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
February 9, 2022
Government, Business

Democrats’ $2 Trillion Social, Climate Bill Passes House

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over passage of the expansive social and environment bill Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over passage of the Democrats’ Sweeping Social, Climate bill.

WASHINGTON — A fractious House handed President Joe Biden a marquee victory Nov. 19 by approving a roughly $2 trillion social and environment bill, as Democrats cast aside disputes that for months had stalled the measure and hampered efforts to sell their priorities to voters.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
November 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

In Budget Turning Point, Biden Conceding Smaller Price Tag

Biden President Joe Biden gives a thumbs-up before boarding Air Force One. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats’ push for a 10-year, $3.5 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives has reached a turning point, with the president repeatedly conceding that the measure will be considerably smaller and pivotal lawmakers flashing potential signs of flexibility.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
October 6, 2021
Government, Business

Moderate Democrats Demand Quick Passage of Infrastructure Bill

Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

WASHINGTON — Moderate House Democrats say they would sink a crucial fiscal blueprint outlining $3.5 trillion in social and environment spending unless a separate infrastructure bill is approved first, a new complication for the divided party’s drive to enact President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
August 13, 2021
Government, Business

Schumer Wants Senate Votes Soon on Biden’s Agenda

Chuck Schumer Schumer by Ting Shen/Bloomberg

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said July 9 he wants his chamber to vote on pivotal budget and infrastructure legislation before lawmakers break for their August recess, and warned he may delay that summer break to allow more time for work on President Joe Biden’s top domestic goals.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
July 9, 2021

In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Democrat Has Leverage

Manchin Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the key Senate infrastructure negotiators, rushes back to a basement room at the Capitol as he and other Democrats work behind closed doors in June. (J. Scott Applewhite, File/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — In a crucial moment for Democrats, party leaders are hunting for a sweet spot that would satisfy their rival moderate and progressive wings on legislation to finance President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda of bolstering the economy and helping families.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
July 7, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Congress OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill

President Biden signs the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill President Joe Biden signs the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on March 11. (Doug Mills/New York Times via Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The United States Congress has approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that takes aim at twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended the nation for the better part of a year. The package, which includes funding for transportation corridors, was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 10, 2021
Government, Business

Dems Trim Jobless Benefits, Senate Debates Virus Relief Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Democrats agreed March 5 to pare back emergency jobless benefits but extend them for an extra month, bidding to solidify support as the Senate approached a voting marathon on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 5, 2021