Bidens, Harris, Emhoff mark Hanukkah at White House
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses marked a “family” celebration of Hanukkah at the White House Wednesday, with the first second gentleman and Jewish spouse of a vice president, Doug Emhoff, joining in lighting the menorah.
Democrats fume that McConnell wants to block Biden's agenda so badly he's even holding up new defense spending: 'You can never say there's a bottom and they won't go lower'
Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling, avoid a government shutdown, and pass Biden's agenda all before Christmas. The GOP has other plans.news.yahoo.com
Biden's social and climate plan is set for a House vote after analysis shows it adds to the deficit
The House moved toward a vote on President Joe Biden's social safety and climate plan Thursday night after a key analysis said it would add to budget deficits over a decade. A handful of centrist House Democrats wanted to see the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of how the Build Back Better Act affected long-term deficits before they voted for the plan. The score's release opens the door for the House to pass the social safety net and climate bill in the coming days. The Senate then aims to approve the legislation before Christmas, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said this week. If the Senate makes changes to the bill, it would have to go back to the House for another vote.cnbc.com
Sen. Sinema hits Dem leaders over honesty, false promises
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) criticized Democratic leadership in a wide-ranging interview with Politico published Wednesday for making false promises by setting expectations for the social spending bill and other legislation far too high.Why it matters: Sinema said that the pledges amount to dishonesty with Americans because they are made with the presumption of agreement within the party, which she believes is an unrealistic and potentially hazardous expectation in a diverse democracy.Get marknews.yahoo.com
AP source: Manchin agreeable to wealth tax for Biden plan
Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden’s scaled-back social services and climate change package. Biden huddled with the conservative West Virginia Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the president’s Delaware home Sunday as they work on resolving the disputes between centrists and progressives that have stalled the Democrats’ wide-ranging bill. A person who requested anonymity to discuss Manchin’s position told The Associated Press the senator is agreeable to the White House's new approach on the tax proposals.news.yahoo.com
Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives
President Joe Biden and leading Democratic lawmakers, including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, have been fighting to make permanent a child tax credit that would give families at least $300 a month per child.
"Pattern of angry incompetence": McConnell’s done dealing
Less than 24 hours after Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a point of trying to spin the narrative to his party's favor, telling President Biden via letter that Republicans will not assist again if Democrats "drift into another avoidable crisis."Why it matters: For months, McConnell refused to budge over his insistence that Democrats suspend the debt limit through the budget reconciliation process. Crisis was averted Thursday nignews.yahoo.com
'Civility is gone': Manchin slams Schumer broadside against GOP
Republican and Democratic leaders both tried to claim political victory after ending a weekslong debt ceiling standoff in the Senate, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attack on the GOP Thursday night left a key centrist in his party angry enough to walk off the Senate floor.news.yahoo.com
Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas
Congress has overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation that will bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war.
Biden signs bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas
President Joe Biden has signed emergency legislation that will bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war.