December 6, 2021 5:28 pm

Two ‘absent’ Republicans help Democrats avert government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer averted a government shutdown on Thursday after all 50 Democrats stuck together to defeat a rebellion by GOP lawmakers over President Biden’s national COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, struck a deal with a cadre of conservative senators to expedite passage of a stop-gap funding measure to…

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Joe Manchin doubles down on opposition to paid leave: ‘I’ve been very clear’

Sen. Joe Manchin III, a key swing vote for the White House’s legislative agenda, reasserted his opposition on Wednesday to including paid leave in President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar social welfare bill. Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, said his position on the topic was unchanged, despite intense lobbying from far-left Senate colleagues.  “I’ve been very clear where…

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Democratic leadership divided over how Biden should address rising gas prices

The Congressional Democratic leadership stands firmly divided over whether President Biden should tap into the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat rising gasoline prices. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, argued Tuesday that such a move would be improper because the reserve was created to ensure the nation had fuel in an emergency, such…

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Pelosi eyes expedited votes on infrastructure, budget bills next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering putting both President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social welfare bill and the $1.25 trillion infrastructure package up for a vote next week. Mrs. Pelosi, a California Democrat, is eyeing holding both votes as early as Tuesday. The consideration comes as pressure mounts to finalize work on Mr. Biden’s domestic agenda…

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