Biden says he expects Congress to deliver spending, infrastructure bills

– U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed confidence that Congress will deliver both an infrastructure and supplementary spending bills to his desk that would infuse trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy. Biden’s speech comes as Democrats write a $3.5 billion spending bill that funds child care, community college and other social programs with an increase in taxes on companies and the very wealthy, and debates a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

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Democrats’ tax plan would cut bills for most Americans -congressional panel

WASHINGTON – U.S. tax code changes sought by Democrats in the House of Representatives to help finance $3.5 trillion in domestic investments would cut annual tax bills for Americans earning less than $200,000 a year through 2025, a congressional estimate showed on Tuesday. The bipartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that those in lower-income brackets would pay far less in taxes in 2023 under the Democratic plan, which is being debated this week in…

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White House: Biden will discuss filibuster ‘when or if’ he has something to say

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – U.S. President Joe Biden will talk about the Senate rules blocking large parts of his agenda “when or if” he has something to say about the legislative filibuster, a spokesperson said on Monday. Liberal lawmakers have been pressing for the Senate to scrap the rule, which blocks much legislation from passing the Senate without at least 60 votes, a hurdle seen as too high to clear for Biden’s immigration, gun…

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U.S. Senator Manchin casts doubt on Democrats’ deadline for budget bill

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday said lawmakers were unlikely to finalize their massive spending package by congressional leaders’ Sept. 27 deadline for the budget bill. “There’s no way we can get this done by the Sept. 27 if we do our job,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

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U.S. House panel to vote on pre-school, child care and tuition-free community college

WASHINGTON – Publicly funded pre-school, child care subsidies and two years of tuition-free community college are on the agenda this week, when a U.S. House of Representatives panel votes on parts of a sweeping social spending plan backed by President Joe Biden. The president, a Democrat, campaigned on the proposals, pitching the pre-school and college schemes as adding an additional four free years to the U.S. public education system. The House Education and Labor Committee…

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Biden shedding support from independent voters as Delta variant spreads: Reuters poll

NEW YORK – President Joe Biden is shedding support from independents, a crucial voting bloc that helped Democrats win the White House and Congress last year, as a resurgence of COVID-19 cases slows the country’s return to normal from the pandemic, /Ipsos polling shows. The drop in support comes at a precarious time for the first-year president, whose administration has been under fire for its handling of the pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. On…

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Two senators urge ‘thorough’ U.S. agency Tesla Autopilot probe

WASHINGTON – Two Democratic U.S. senators on Monday urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to thoroughly investigate Tesla Inc’s Autopilot and use the review to propose improvements to its driver assistance system. NHTSA announced Monday it opened a preliminary evaluation into 765,000 Tesla vehicles after 11 crashes involving parked emergency response vehicles. “This probe must be swift, thorough, and transparent to ensure driver and public safety. It should inform the agency’s recommendations on…

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Special Report: As schools shut down, 911 drug calls for youth skyrocketed

LA HONDA, Cal. – This April, a friend of high school ice hockey player Sequoyah Klingele became concerned when Sequoyah wasn’t responding to messages. The friend went looking for the 16-year-old and found him unresponsive in a house in La Honda, California, a small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The friend dialed 911, police records show. There was nothing emergency responders could do: Sequoyah, who had accidentally overdosed on methadone, had been dead for…

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Inconvenient truth: Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

SACRAMENTO, Calif./BRASILIA/SHANGHAI – Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in some cases leading governments to rely more heavily on fossil fuels. The emerging problems with hydropower production in places like the United States, China and Brazil represent what scientists and energy experts say is going to be a long-term issue for the industry as climate change triggers more erratic weather…

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Special Report-How the pandemic laid bare America’s diabetes crisis

WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio – It took the deadly disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to expose a deeper, more intractable U.S. public-health crisis: For more than a decade, the world’s richest nation has been losing the battle against diabetes. Long before the pandemic, Kate Herrin was among the millions of Americans struggling to control their diabetes. Her problems often stemmed from her government-subsidized medical insurance. Doctors routinely rejected her Medicaid plan, and she repeatedly ran out…

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