Lisa Mascaro

Government, Business, Logistics

Congress Passes Bill to Shore Up Postal Service

U.S. senators celebrate passage of a bill supporting the Postal Service Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer looks on as Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del., center) congratulates Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich., right) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for leading passage of the bill to reform the Postal Service. (Evan Vucci/AP)

WASHINGTON — Congress on March 8 passed legislation that would shore up the U.S. Postal Service and ensure six-day-a-week mail delivery, sending the bill to President Joe Biden to sign into law.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
March 8, 2022
Government, Business

No Vote Held on Infrastructure, but Talks to Resume

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a vote on the infrastructure bill Sept. 30, but at the end of a long day of negotiations, was only able to settle for what she called "a day of progress." (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Despite a long night of frantic negotiations, Democrats were unable late Sept. 30 to reach an immediate deal to salvage President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul, forcing leaders to call off promised votes on a related infrastructure bill. Action is to resume Oct. 1.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
October 1, 2021
Government, Business

Big Win for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill With Senate Passage

Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer arrives at the Capitol on Aug. 10. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

With a robust vote after weeks of fits and starts, the Senate approved a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan Aug. 10, a rare coalition of Democrats and Republicans joining to overcome skeptics and deliver a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
August 10, 2021
Government, Business

Uncertainty Surfaces Over Infrastructure Deal

 White House press secretary Jen Psaki White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House June 25. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Livid and “blindsided” over President Joe Biden’s refusal to sign a bipartisan infrastructure deal without passage of his broader priorities, Republican senators June 25 were frantically considering options as the future of the sweeping compromise appeared in doubt.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
June 25, 2021
Government, Business

Biden, Capito Talk Infrastructure; Will Reconvene June 4

President Joe Biden boards Marine One on the Ellipse President Joe Biden boards Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House after a private meeting on infrastructure with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — For nearly an hour, President Joe Biden and the top Senate Republican negotiating infrastructure met June 2 behind closed doors — two seasoned legislators engaged in another round of conversations, but emerging with few outward signs of tangible progress ahead of a deadline next week.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
June 2, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Biden’s Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade

Bridge A bridge in Chicago. (SerrNovik/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are betting that it’s more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden’s rebuild America agenda than to lend support for the $2.25 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
April 5, 2021
Government, Business

Senate OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) celebrates after the Senate narrowly passed the $1.9 trillion relief bill Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) celebrates after the Senate narrowly approved the $1.9 trillion relief package March 6. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill March 6 that includes billions for vaccines, $1,400 direct payments to many Americans and billions for transit.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
March 7, 2021