Today, Senate Democrats, who are seeking to retool their long-stalled economic package, have reached an agreement with Sen. Joe Machin III (D-W.Va.), a key holdout, on tax provisions intended to keep Medicare solvent. The development is a key step to reviving legislation that could pass without Republican votes after negotiations broke down last year on the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act.
Meanwhile, President Biden presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 17 icons of politics, sports, entertainment, business, civil rights and the military. The recipients recognized in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House included athletes Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe, former congresswoman and gun-control advocate Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the late senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
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