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Biden to huddle with warring Democrats as economic agenda and $1 trillion infrastructure bill hang in the balance

Biden's series of meetings, set to begin in the afternoon, come five days before the House plans to take up a package to improve the nation’s infrastructure — a roughly $1 trillion measure that could be doomed amid potential Democratic defections.
  • Sep 22, 2021

House passes bill to avert shutdown and suspend debt ceiling, but legislation faces grim prospects in Senate

Democrats have tied an increase in the debt ceiling to a bill that funds the government into December, setting off a war with Republicans, who refuse to raise the cap out of opposition to President Biden’s agenda — even if it means grinding the country to a halt.
  • Sep 21, 2021

Standoff between liberal and moderate Democrats looms over Biden economic agenda ahead of key House vote

In recent days, centrists have questioned the price tag of the proposal, raised alarms that it could add to the deficit, and sought to scale back to some of its key components, including programs that would provide free pre-kindergarten and community college for all Americans regardless of income level.
  • Sep 21, 2021

Democrats unveil new plan to fund government, suspend debt ceiling as major showdown with GOP looms

Lawmakers must prevent a shutdown, authorize new aid to help those affected by two deadly hurricanes and raise a statutory limit that allows Washington to rack up debts to pay its bills, all the while advancing Biden's $4 trillion agenda.
  • Sep 20, 2021

At an economic inflection point, Biden leans into expansive, populist agenda

Biden’s pitch was part of a pivot away from the first chapter of his presidency, in which Washington and his administration were consumed by emergency funding measures to combat the pandemic.
  • Sep 16, 2021

Democrats prepare for next phase of budget fight as House readies package and Biden meets with Senate skeptics

The process of drafting the $3.5 trillion bill hadn’t always been smooth, at times exposing deep rifts within Democrats’ narrow majorities in the House and Senate
  • Sep 15, 2021

Democrats target cigarettes and vaping as potential sources to pay for $3.5 trillion economic package

The new proposal put forward in the House targets a wide array of products, raising existing federal taxes on cigarettes and cigars while introducing the first fee on vaping products.
  • Sep 15, 2021

On stop in Colorado, Biden makes the economic case for his climate-focused agenda

The president argued that investments in green infrastructure were key to economic growth and noted that the country is on track to suffer more than $100 billion in damage this year from extreme-weather events.
  • Sep 14, 2021

As the largest-ever U.S. climate bill inches forward, a lobbying frenzy ensues

The prospect of a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill has sparked a lobbying frenzy in Congress, as lawmakers zero in this week on a measure that could reshape the nation’s energy system.
  • Sep 13, 2021

House Democrats circulate new tax plan as party seeks unity on key economic package

The internal dissent could prove problematic for the party since Democrats must stay united in a Congress that they only narrowly control if they hope to pass what could become the largest economic package in American history.
  • Sep 12, 2021