Dems second-guessing their strategic decisions

Dems second-guessing their strategic decisions

This post was originally published on this siteExasperated Senate Democrats are questioning the strategy of President Biden and Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) after many months of negotiation with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) failed to achieve two of their biggest priorities. In the midst of an intense heat wave in...

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Warnock presses Schumer to hold vote on bill to lower insulin costs

Warnock presses Schumer to hold vote on bill to lower insulin costs

This post was originally published on this siteSen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) is pressuring Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to hold a vote on legislation to lower the cost of insulin. Warnock faces a tough reelection race this year and has made lowering the cost of insulin a central part...

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Schumer, McConnell pressing administration to rush paperwork on Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership

Schumer, McConnell pressing administration to rush paperwork on Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plan to present a resolution that will press the Biden administration to rush the paperwork for Finland and Sweden to join NATO. In the resolution text, first obtained by Politico, both...

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Democratic pressure grows on Schumer to break impasse on COVID relief

Democratic pressure grows on Schumer to break impasse on COVID relief

This post was originally published on this siteA growing number of Senate Democrats say they’re ready to take a tough vote on an amendment to keep the Title 42 health order in place at the U.S.-Mexico border if that’s what’s needed to move a stalled COVID-19 relief package. Senate Majority...

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Schumer blasts Paul’s delay of $40B Ukraine package as ‘repugnant’

Schumer blasts Paul’s delay of $40B Ukraine package as ‘repugnant’

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for delaying a $40 billion Ukraine aid package by one week, calling the move “repugnant” and predicting the legislation will pass the Senate Thursday. “This should already have been done...

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Senate negotiators reach $10 billion COVID funding deal, without global vaccine funds

Senate negotiators reach $10 billion COVID funding deal, without global vaccine funds

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Monday announced a $10 billion deal to fund COVID-19 treatments, vaccines, and related domestic tools to fight the pandemic. But the deal, lower than the $22.5 billion requested by the White House, doesn’t contain funds for helping other countries fight the pandemic, slightly complicating the deal’s passage through the Democratic-controlled House. 
Romney, the top GOP negotiator, said the package would address America’s “urgent COVID needs” and highlighted that it “will not cost the American people a single additional dollar,” since the funds were repurposed from previous COVID-19 relief packages. Schumer, the lead Democratic bargainer, said that “while we were unable to reach an agreement on international aid in this new agreement, many Democrats and Republicans are committed to pursuing a second supplemental later this spring.”
The White House, which had warned the federal government was running out of funds for vaccines and treatments, backed the compromise deal. “Every dollar we requested is essential,” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “But time is of the essence. We urge Congress to move promptly on this $10 billion package because it can begin to fund the most immediate needs.”
Republican negotiators over the weekend couldn’t agree on a unified position on the international aid, with some insisting it be tied to President Biden dropping his plan to halt pandemic border rules, Politico reports. Democratic negotiators agreed to drop the funding to get the domestic funds on the move, but they called it penny-wise, pound-foolish. 
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said it was a “grave mistake” and “fiscally foolish” to not send tens of millions of unused U.S. vaccines aboard. “We know that the virus is going to mutate much more effectively in large bodies of unvaccinated people,” said Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), co-chair of the Global Vaccination Caucus, and mutations travel around the world.

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Divisions hamper Democrats’ inflation strategy

Divisions hamper Democrats’ inflation strategy

This post was originally published on this siteDemocrats’ efforts to combat inflation are stuck in limbo because of internal divisions over a range of proposals aimed at lowering the cost of gas, health care and child care. The latest idea that some Democrats are rallying around is a…

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Ukrainian President Zelensky will give virtual address to members of Congress

Ukrainian President Zelensky will give virtual address to members of Congress

This post was originally published on this siteUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a virtual address Wednesday to members of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced.

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This week: Congress races shutdown clock amid Ukraine crisis

This week: Congress races shutdown clock amid Ukraine crisis

This post was originally published on this siteLawmakers are racing to finalize and pass a massive government funding bill that would also greenlight billions in new aid tied to Ukraine. Congress has to pass a sweeping bill, which would fund the government through the end of September, and…

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Schumer finds unity moment in Supreme Court fight

Schumer finds unity moment in Supreme Court fight

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is looking to go on offense in the looming Supreme Court fight and shift gears after two high-profile setbacks. Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement that he’ll retire this summer, presuming his…

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