Erik Wasson

Government, Business

Biden Infrastructure Plan’s Chances Gain as GOP Preps Offer

President Joe Biden walks on the Ellipse after exiting Marine One near the White House May 17 President Joe Biden walks on the Ellipse after exiting Marine One near the White House May 17. (Shawn Thew/EPA via Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s prospects for passing a major infrastructure bill through Congress with bipartisan support — seen unlikely in the wake of his Democrat-only pandemic-relief package in March — are now rising, though disagreements over funding still could scrap a deal.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2021
Government, Business

House Lawmakers Seek $15 Billion in Infrastructure Earmarks

Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.) Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.) submitted the largest request, $945 million for a highway connector. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

House lawmakers have requested $14.9 billion in spending on earmarked projects for a transportation bill set to be a centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2021
Government

House GOP OKs Spending Earmarks, Boosting Infrastructure Plan

The U.S. Capitol building at dawn on March 2.  (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol building at dawn on March 2. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

House Republicans voted to allow their members to request dedicated-spending projects, known as earmarks, following that same move by Democrats, in a positive sign for President Joe Biden’s hopes for a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 17, 2021
Government, Business

Progressives Propose Wealth Tax to Fund Infrastructure

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a March 1 news conference at the U.S. Capitol. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a March 1 news conference at the U.S. Capitol. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said her proposed wealth tax on households worth more than $50 million could help pay for investments in infrastructure, child care and health reforms as part of President Joe Biden’s plan to “Build Back Better” after the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately hit low-income families.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2021
Government

Government Shutdown Averted as Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 3, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol on a December morning. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The Senate passed a one-week government spending bill and President Donald Trump signed it Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
December 11, 2020
Government, Business

US Senate Advances Spending Bill to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown

The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington on Sept. 14. The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington on Sept. 14. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The Senate on Sept. 29 voted 82-6 to clear a procedural vote on the stopgap spending bill needed to prevent an Oct. 1 shutdown of the federal government.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
September 30, 2020
Government, Business

House Aims to Pass Stopgap Government-Funding Bill Week of Sept. 21

U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House would look to pass a stopgap bill next week. U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House would look to pass a stopgap bill next week. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The House is aiming to vote the week of Sept. 21 on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open when the fiscal year ends Oct. 1, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats Pitch $1.5 Trillion in Infrastructure Spending

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference June 11. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference June 11. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg News)

House Democrats on June 18 pitched a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and urged President Donald Trump to immediately engage in negotiations on how to pay for it.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
June 18, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats Push for Infrastructure in Next Coronavirus Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next coronavirus stimulus bill should include at least $760 billion over five years for water projects, broadband and transportation — plus $10 billion for community health centers and more for housing and education — as a way to strengthen U.S. infrastructure and the economy.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats to Map Out Economic Response to Virus Outbreak

Empty business class Business class seats remain empty just prior to takeoff on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Tokyo on March 7. (David J. Phillip/AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to meet with top Democrats on March 9 to begin drawing up a response to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which already is threatening to stall growth.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2020

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