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Biden has no excuse for his massive spending because the crisis is over

NYPost
Rich Lowry If Joe Biden wanted to spend massively in response to a nearly unprecedented public-health emergency, he was elected too late. The conventional wisdom justifying the president’s new FDR-sized ambitions is that the country is in crisis and he has to meet the proverbial moment, which can only be......

Senate Republicans insist bipartisan infrastructure deal is possible while slamming size and scope of White House proposal

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Biden unveiled a roughly $2 trillion dollar package in March that aims to improve the nation’s infrastructure and shift to greener energy over the next eight years, while GOP senators have floated their alternative infrastructure plan closer to $600......

Sunday shows – Biden economic agenda dominates

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Hill staff President Biden wants to advance an infrastructure bill in a bipartisan way “if possible,” a top White House adviser said Sunday, indicating Biden’s preference to work with Republicans on a package but not ruling out moving......

GOP senators see path to narrow infrastructure deal

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy,one of the Republican senators working to reach compromise on infrastructure, speaks to reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Sen. Bill Cassidy said Republicans and Democrats are “a lot closer than you might think”......

Biden’s Expansive Infrastructure Plan Hits Close to Home for McConnell

New York Times
Armadas of trucks heading southeast from three major interstate highways all come together in Cincinnati to traverse the four southbound lanes of the Brent Spence. The bridge is part of a corridor that, according to one study, contains the second-most congested truck bottleneck in the United States, ranking behind Fort......

Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan: What’s in them and where the funding will come from

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President Biden’s ambitious agenda comes with a major price tag: In the first 100 days of his term, Mr. Biden’s three major initiatives —  the American Rescue Plan, which has been signed into law, and the proposed American Jobs......

Biden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Morgan Chalfant PHILADELPHIA — President BidenJoe BidenAmericans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to keep filibuster Washington’s split with Turkey widens — but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift Incomes, consumer spending soared in March......

Biden uses his long history with Amtrak to put a personal touch on infrastructure push

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Speaking from the 30th Street Station in the City of Brotherly Love, Biden made his pitch for his $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal at a ceremony celebrating Amtrak’s 50th anniversary. The President is one of the most famous Amtrak loyalists......

The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with ‘thank you, Georgia’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Friday! TGIF! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver......

Senate overwhelmingly approves $35 billion bipartisan water infrastructure bill

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $35 billion bill to upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure, signaling that it is possible for senators to reach a bipartisan consensus even as they remain divided over President Biden‘s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. The......

Schumer warns Democrats willing to go it alone on infrastructure

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jordain Carney Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUSDA denies Biden trying to limit red meat: ‘This is a fabrication’ Schumer trolls Larry Kudlow with tweet about ‘plant-based beer’ With federal support, the US can recreate Silicon Valley success nationwide......

Democrat Manchin praises GOP infrastructure proposal, backs targeted approach

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) addresses a news conference at the end of an ‘infrastructure summit’ of a bipartisan group of governors, U.S. senators, and members of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus convened by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at the......

Manchin says he’s ‘not a roadblock’ for Biden’s priorities as he pushes for slimmed-down infrastructure bill

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “I’m not a roadblock at all,” Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked about those in his party who view him as a challenge to accomplishing some of the......

Pivotal U.S. Senate Democrat wants ‘more targeted’ infrastructure bill

Reuters
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday said he opposes using a maneuver that would enable his party to pass U.S. President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal without Republican support, saying he favors a smaller and “more targeted” bill. Manchin, a West Virginia moderate who holds the power to block......

Manchin, Capito praise Republicans’ infrastructure plan

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Because it was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Capito, the bill “has bipartisan support,” Manchin said. Manchin also said he supported the effort to work on “traditional infrastructure,” separately from other issues. “We just have to look to......

Biden job approval hits 53%, broad majority support his infrastructure plan: NBC News poll

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event to tout the plan at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2021. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters More than half of Americans say they......

Global COVID Hotspots, AAPI Hate Crimes Bill, GOP Infrastructure Proposal : Up First

NPR
NPR COVID-19 hotspots are popping up around the globe again. India set an alarming world record for COVID infections in a single day, and Brazil saw a new record for daily deaths in the country. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to combat anti-Asian......

Republicans Look to Slash the Size of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

New York Times
“The point is not to go out and incur new and additional debt,” Mr. Toomey said. He rejected the Democratic push to undo key elements of the tax overhaul that Republicans muscled through in 2017, arguing that Congress would not improve the national economy “by ruining the tax reform.” Representative......

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