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

Capitol Cliffhanger: Federal Funding, Infrastructure Bill Decisions Due

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (left) and Joe Manchin outside the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 29. (Andrew Harnik and J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared unable to swiftly strike agreement with two wavering Democratic senators trying to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion measure that will collapse without their support.

Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram | Associated Press
September 29, 2021
Government, Business

Big Pressure on Biden, Dems to Trim $3.5T Federal Overhaul

Sen. John Barrasso hoists a copy of the Democrats' $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" package Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) hoists a copy of the Democrats' $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" package as he speaks to reporters Sept. 28. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Pressure mounting, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress strained Sept. 28 to trim back his $3.5 trillion government overhaul to win support from two key holdout senators ahead of make-or-break deadlines for votes.

Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram | Associated Press
September 28, 2021
Government, Business

Raimondo Says CEOs More Reasonable on Taxes Than Lobbyists

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Raimondo says Commerce is focusing on diversifying supply chains and revitalizing manufacturing, with an emphasis on investing in local microchip output. (Pete Marovich/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo made a fresh pitch for President Joe Biden’s plan to raise corporate taxes, saying lower rates have failed to have much impact and that the chief executive officers she speaks to privately are “much more reasonable” on taxes than the trade groups who are aggressively lobbying against increases.

September 28, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

House Vote on Infrastructure Pushed to Sept. 30

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had originally pledged to House moderates a vote on the infrastructure legislation by Sept. 27. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 26 vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total amount will drop.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
September 27, 2021
Government, Business

Biden: Budget Talks Have Hit ‘Stalemate’

President Joe Biden Biden speaks about the looming budget deadline facing Congress. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Sept. 24 that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate” in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation’s tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments.

September 24, 2021
Government, Business

Short-Term Extensions Possible for Highway Law, Government Funding

Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi by Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — With less than a week before the nation’s premier highway law expires and funding for most of the federal government comes to a halt, Congress is likely to adopt short-term legislative extensions.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2021

House GOP Squeezes Pelosi on Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News

House GOP leaders are urging Republican lawmakers to vote against the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, increasing the likelihood that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will have to postpone a planned Sept. 27 vote on the bill given opposition in her own caucus.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2021
Government, Business

House Democrats Risk Rift by Teeing Up Infrastructure Vote First

 A caution sign outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 21 A caution sign outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 21. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Democratic leaders plan a Sept. 27 vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, a move that risks deepening divisions in their caucus and dooming President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Billy House | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2021

Democrats Dare GOP, Link Debt Limit to Vital Spending Bill

The American flag flies above the U.S. Capitol Monday. The American flag flies over the U.S. Capitol Monday. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

House Democrats will include a suspension of the U.S. debt ceiling in a spending bill needed to keep the government open past the end of this month, a risky move backed by President Joe Biden that assures a potentially damaging showdown with Republicans.

September 20, 2021