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    Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) encountered no resistance from Fox News as he used an interview to push the “Replacement Theory” on the network’s airwaves. Patrick spoke to Bill Hemmer on Monday for America’s Newsroom, where he was questioned on the state of Texas’ ongoing pattern of bussing illegal immigrants around the country as a way to generate political pressure for border security. While the program has drawn criticism even from fellow conservatives, Patrick defended the strategy by saying “every mayor of a big blue city…should be on notice” for a bus full of migrants getting dropped off. The interview went with Patrick flinging insults at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. He said the two have done nothing to advance their goal of reducing immigration by addressing the root causes that drive immigration up in Central America. That’s when Patrick moved into the replacement theory: This is all about bringing people to this country to take over the country, Bill. It’s very simple. We are on pace in [Biden’s] first term to be over 8 million...
    Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) continues to express his dissatisfaction with Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and others in holding people accountable for the response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde. Speaking with CNN on Saturday, Gutierrez said he was disappointed over the recent delay to a vote to determine whether district Police Chief Pete Arredondo would be fired. Arredondo was the on-scene commander at the shooting and has come under fire for a delay of over an hour to breach a room where a shooter was continuing to fire on children, some of whom were even calling 911 for help. A total of 21 students and teachers ended up losing their lives. In one interview after the shooting, Arredondo claimed he was not aware he was in charge of the scene. Footage from the school has caused further outrage as numerous officers can be seen waiting in hallways with little to no direction on how to handle the situation. “I think his termination is a foregone conclusion,” Gutierrez told CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield about Arredondo. “But to your point earlier,...
    President Joe Biden on Monday said he 'strongly support's a House bill that would codify the right to contraception. The Biden administration put out a statement of support for the Right to Contraception Act, which the House will vote on this week as part of a slew of legislation Democrats are passing to protect reproductive rights.  In the statement, Biden again warned the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would have 'far-reaching consequences' on women's health.   'The Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs, which overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated a constitutional right to choose, has already had devastating implications for women's health and public health,' the administration said in a statement.   The Right to Contraception Act allows people to obtain and use contraceptives, and protects healthcare providers' ability to provide contraceptives and relevant information to patients.  The goal is to protect all contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including oral and emergency contraceptives, intrauterine devices and condoms.  President Joe Biden put out a statement of support for the Right to Contraception Act, which the House will vote on...
    By ADAM BEAM | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed that seven questions will appear in November. Six are ballot initiatives that supporters gathered enough signatures to place before voters and one was placed on the ballot by the state Legislature. Two other initiatives that had qualified were withdrawn after state lawmakers worked out a compromise and passed legislation before the deadline. Lawmakers also rejected a possible question about whether to remove involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime from the state constitution. This year’s ballot measures ask voters to weigh in on a variety of issues, including abortion, sports betting and school funding. ABORTION This question placed on the ballot by the state Legislature asks voters to amend the state constitution to guarantee a right to an abortion and contraceptives. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed that seven questions will appear in November. Six are ballot initiatives that supporters gathered enough signatures to place before voters and one was placed on the ballot by the state Legislature. READ MORE: Incidents On I-80, Highway 50 Clog Traffic Into Sierra Ahead Of July 4 WeekendTwo other initiatives that had qualified were withdrawn after state lawmakers worked out a compromise and passed legislation before the deadline. Lawmakers also rejected a possible question about whether to remove involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime from the state constitution. This year’s ballot measures ask voters to weigh in on a variety of issues, including abortion, sports betting and school funding. ABORTION This question placed on the ballot by the state Legislature asks voters to amend the state constitution to guarantee a right to an abortion and contraceptives....
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr passionately and furiously called on senators to take action during a press conference Tuesday after 14 students and a teacher were tragically killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas.RELATED: What we know about victims of Texas elementary school shootingKerr, whose own father was a victim of gun violence, appeared visibly frustrated as he told reporters he would not talk about basketball and yet address what occurred some 400 miles away from Dallas where the Warriors will play the Mavericks Tuesday night."Since we left shoot around, 14 children were killed 400 miles from here, as well as a teacher," he said. "And in the last 10 days, we've had elderly black people killed in a supermarket, in Buffalo."He went on to mention the deadly shooting of churchgoers in Southern California that killed a man trying to stop the gunman and injured several others.RELATED: 14 students, 1 teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting; death toll expected to rise"When are we going to do something?" he asked. "I'm...
    Nancy Pelosi blamed 'creature' Donald Trump for emboldening the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and said the case was 'won a long time ago' as Senator Bernie Sanders demands the upper chamber continuously bring the bill codifying abortion rights until it's passed. 'This is not about a long game. We played a long game – we won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time. We have elected a Democratic House of Representatives that is pro-choice,' the House Speaker told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday. 'Let's not take our eye off the ball,' she added. 'The ball is: This Court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country.' Bash noted that conservatives have had the goal for decades to overturn the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that made abortion constitutionally protected and pointed out that some are critical of Democratic leaders, claiming they 'should have seen this coming.' 'Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become President of the United States, wading a list of...
    Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to hold a vote on legislation to codify abortion rights next week in the fallout of the leaked preliminary Supreme Court opinion.  'This is real and as urgent as it gets,' the New York Democrat said, announcing that the vote would be held on Wednesday.  Though Schumer said it would be one of the 'most important' votes the Senate would take, the legislation is likely to fail in the split Senate. Abortion legislation would need 60 votes to break a filibuster.  And when Democrats held a vote on the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) in February, it got just 46 votes. The party's efforts to eliminate a decades-old ban on federal funding of abortions also died out in the Senate after passing in the House.  The WHPA passed the House mainly along party lines, 218-211, last September. Republicans have argued the bill goes too far - basically eliminating a state's right to put restrictions on abortion.  Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have both expressed support for abortion rights -...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Legalized sports betting may soon be coming to Massachusetts. According to State House News Service, the Senate is expected to vote on the wagering bill this week. READ MORE: 'Definitely Scary': Concord NH Murders Leave Walkers At Broken Ground Trail UneasyThe Senate version has significant differences from the House bill, which passed overwhelmingly last summer. READ MORE: Brockton Fairgrounds Owner Says Chances 'Slim' Historic Fair Will ReturnThe major sticking point seems to be betting on college sports. More than 30 states, including Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, allow sports betting. MORE NEWS: Shuttle Buses To Replace MBTA Red Line Service Between Alewife And Park Street Station After Train DerailmentGovernor Charlie Baker has supported legalized sports wagering for years.
    House Democrats are set to pass legislation this week to legalize marijuana at the federal level.  The bill, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana legalization bill nears House floor vote next week Biden signs reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act House panel refers Amazon to DOJ for potential obstruction of justice MORE (D-N.Y.) and titled the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would remove cannabis from the list of federal controlled substances and eliminate criminal penalties associated with the drug. It would also impose a federal tax on marijuana sales to fund programs to help communities negatively impacted by the war on drugs.  The bill is set to be taken up by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, and get a vote on the floor by the end of the week.  House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerClyburn files to run for 16th House term Support in both parties grows for providing air power to Ukraine Photos of the Week: Ukraine, Holi and Carole King MORE (D-Md.), in a “Dear Colleague” letter, said...
    During a Wednesday appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams argued the Democrats’ efforts to loosen voting rights laws in the United States was akin to the war in Ukraine in which Russia invaded the Eastern European country. Abrams paraphrased a quote from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was engaging in a war on democracy with his invasion of Ukraine. She added that allowing democracy “to be overtaken by those want to choose who can be heard” based on “animus” was “wrong.” “The process of voting is nonpartisan,” Abrams explained. “Everyone should have access to the ability to vote. It should be easy to vote. It should be accessible. There should be a freedom to vote. Any impediment to that is wrong. That’s full stop. I don’t care who you vote for. When I’m focusing on the voting system, my focus should never be on you who cast your ballot for. Voting itself, the process is nonpartisan. Now, when you get in there, I’m going to do...
    A new exchange is trying to make it easier to hedge against events in politics and other areas. Kalshi, a firm founded by Tarek Mansour and Luana Lopes Lara, was designated as a contract market by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in late 2020 and officially launched in June. The exchanges offers binary, yes-or-no contracts that pay out $1 if the investor makes the correct selection. Some of the current offerings include "will a recession start by Q2 2022" and "will income taxes on the highest income bracket increase by the end of 2021." Traders are not allowed to use margin to take their positions. In some ways, Kalshi looks like overseas betting markets that will sometimes gain popularity around key political events or even online sports betting, which has seen a boom of popularity in the U.S. in recent years. However, Mansour said the economic usefulness of hedging outcomes and Kalshi's lack of a market maker role differentiates the firm from a casino.Tarek Mansour and Luana Lopes Lara, co-founders of Kalshi.Kalshi"In casinos and gambling houses, the revenue they make...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced on Sunday that he will not allow President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda to go forward. Manchin made the remarks on Fox News Sunday with guest host Bret Baier. "I had my reservations from the beginning and I've been working diligently," Manchin explained. "I've done everything humanly possible." Manchin blamed his decision to vote against Biden agenda on rising inflation and the Covid-19 Omicron variant. "I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can't," Manchin said. "I've tried everything humanly possible. I can't get there." "You're done," Baier pressed. "This is a no." "This is a no," Manchin agreed. "I have tried everything I know to do and the president has worked diligently. He's been wonderful to work with." Watch the video below from Fox News. 'This is a no': Joe Manchin goes on Fox News to officially kill Biden's BBB agenda www.youtube.com From Your Site Articles
    Mark Meadows' attorney in a Monday letter urged the Jan. 6 committee not to pursue criminal charges against the former White House chief of staff, as he argued doing so would be 'contrary to law.'  'Such a referral would be contrary to law, manifestly unjust, unwise and unfair,' attorney George Terwilliger wrote. 'It would ill-serve the country to rush to judgment on the matter.' Terwilliger said that a 'good-faith invocation of executive privilege and testimonial immunity' is within the bounds of the law for a former administration official.  The committee recommended the contempt charges on Sunday, the same day it released a report showing that Meadows said the National Guard was on standby to 'protect pro Trump people' in an email on January 5.  Democratic leaders announced on Thursday that the full House will vote on the contempt measure this week.  Meadows is the third person to face a contempt vote in the House in the Democrat-led committee's investigation, after ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.  Bannon, Trump's former White House chief strategist, was indicted on...
    Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted a spending bill pushed by congressional Democrats and touted by President Joe Biden would not receive any votes from Republicans. He warned the bill would make matters worse and predicted it would exacerbate the inflation problem. “I don’t think they’ll be any Republican in the Senate or the House that will vote for this crazy piece of legislation,” he said. “And frankly, Lawerence, let’s hope Senator Sinema and Senator Manchin hold firm and they don’t allow this thing to pass because we know it is going to exacerbate the inflation problem we talked about. I mean, it is a part of the Democrats’ crazy economic plan. Their economic plan has basically been lockdown the economy, spend like crazy, pay people not to work. And now for everybody that has been working — they’re going to raise your taxes. Such a deal.” “So, let’s hope this doesn’t pass because it will make matters worse,” Jordan continued. “Right now, the country gets it. Seventy-one percent of the country thinks we’re on the wrong track. In my time in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A vote to change policing in Minneapolis divided a community. On last week’s ballot, Question 2 was about changing the Minneapolis Police Department into a Department of Public Safety. READ MORE: 'It’s Really Hard And Really Tiring': COVID Surge Taking Large Toll On Rural Minnesota HospitalsIt failed — 56% to 44%. On Thursday, WCCO was there when both sides of this divisive issue sat down for the first time. — After a long, hard-fought battle over policing in the city of Minneapolis, community leaders, activists, and faith leaders gathered to plot a course forward. “We take this work seriously, this is not political,” said The Rev. Ian Bethel. The Unity in Community Mediation Team began re-vamping its document that promotes trust and respect between communities and the police department the day after George Floyd was killed. It presented 70 new action items to Chief Medaria Arradondo and the Police Federation, but now more may be added with new voices at the table. “Everyone is accepted at this table, and let’s do it together,” Bethel said. READ...
    US Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, speaks during a press conference as he talks about his position on US President Joe Bidens sweeping economic agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2021.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday demanded more time to evaluate the projected impact of President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending bill, refusing to endorse the framework that Biden had told House Democrats was a done deal in the Senate late last week. Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Manchin accused House progressives of playing "political games" by refusing to pass a Senate approved infrastructure bill until every Democrat in the Senate endorsed the companion social spending bill. "Holding this [infrastructure] bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill," said Manchin, who represents West Virginia. Manchin, along with fellow centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have already won several big concessions in negotiations over Biden's social safety net and climate plan. The measure, originally pegged at $3.5 trillion, would pay for universal...
    Democrats are set to try, again, this week to advance President BidenJoe BidenWhite House unveils strategy for 2050 net-zero goal Southwest investigating report pilot said 'Let's go Brandon' on flight House Rules Committee won't meet Monday on reconciliation package MORE’s two-part economic package after being forced to punt amid deep intra-party divisions.  Congressional Democrats and the White House spent the weekend negotiating after Biden’s visit to the Hill to pitch a framework for a $1.75 trillion bill failed to lock in a Thursday vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill and instead sparked a frenzy to finalize the social and climate spending legislation.  House Democratic leadership initially hoped to be able to hold votes on both bills on Tuesday — the same day as the closely watched Virginia governor’s race — with the Rules Committee expected to meet on Monday.  "We're gonna pass those two bills you've been hearing about. We're gonna pass them. The vote's been called for Tuesday. We're gonna take this vote, and we're gonna pass them," House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnBlack Caucus emerges as...
    The Senate is expected to vote this week on the nomination of Rohit Chopra, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture to end debate on the nomination, the final step before a full floor vote. That comes a week after the Senate voted along party lines, 49-48, to discharge Chopra’s nomination from the banking committee, where it had languished after the committee was split in advancing him. BIDEN NOMINEE PROPOSED FEDERAL AGENCY TO OVERSEE THINK TANKS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS Chopra is popular with the Left, and his first foray into Washington was to work with Elizabeth Warren, now a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, in setting up the CFPB amid the fallout of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Chopra was later appointed to fill an open Democratic seat on the Federal Trade Commission after Schumer recommended him. The CFPB, responsible for regulating consumer banking, mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products, is a punching bag for Republicans who are not fans of increased government...
    The British government will go ahead with plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large venues this month, the government’s vaccines minister confirmed on Sunday. Despite personally vowing that the government would not introduce vaccine passports domestically, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the government will look to impose health passes by the end of the month. Zahawi suggested that businesses may face further shutdowns from the government in the winter if vaccine passports are not mandated for public venues. “When the evidence that you are presented is so clear cut and that we want to make sure the industry doesn’t have to go through [an]open-shut, open-shut sort of strategy, then the right thing to do is to introduce that by the end of September when all over 18 year-olds have had their two jabs,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “One thing that we have learnt is that in large gatherings of people, especially indoors, the virus tends to spike and spread.” The statement is in direct contradiction to previous proclamations from Mr Zahwahi, who said...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate passes T bipartisan infrastructure bill | Energy Dept. proposes rule aimed at increased lightbulb efficiency | Administration begins review of bird habitat Trump left open for mining Are member subpoenas a wise move for the January 6 Select Committee? House to cut recess short, take up Democratic budget plan MORE (D-Calif.) made clear to rank-and-file Democrats on Wednesday that the House will not take up the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure package this month, rejecting calls from moderates in her caucus who are demanding a quick vote. The announcement, in her first call with House Democrats since the successful Senate vote on Tuesday, was largely expected. Pelosi, since the infrastructure talks launched in earnest months ago, has adopted the position that the House will not turn to the $1 trillion infrastructure package until the Senate passes a much larger $3.5 trillion package chock full of Democratic social benefits programs and climate initiatives. That strategy has been championed by progressive lawmakers in the House who don’t quite trust some of the centrist Democrats in the Senate and want...
    During Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) urged President Joe Biden to make “multiracial democracy” a priority of his presidency. He likened the effort to what former President Lyndon B. Johnson undertook during his presidency. “Democrats have unified control of the federal government and can deliver on the promise of a multiracial democracy by simply passing voting rights legislation on a majority vote, right?” he said. “So, we have to try. This president can have an LBJ moment where he makes multiracial democracy the singular project at this stage of his presidency. And he can prevail. I’ve got to believe, especially given some of the eight historical, illogical arguments set forth by Senators Manchin and Sinema with respect to the origins of the filibuster and what happens when you get rid of the filibuster, that there is something that they want. There was something that he can do in exchange for their support for salvaging our ailing democracy. But he has to try.” “And to be taken seriously by them and by the American people, I...
                       
    On Wednesday the U.N. General Assembly will again vote on a resolution introduced by Cuba calling on the United States to end its 60-year economic, commercial, financial, cultural blockade imposed against the people and government of Cuba. The resolution is expected to pass by a wide margin, as it has done every year for the past 30 years. Passage is assured because the voting nations realize that the actions of the U.S. government are in violation of international law because of their extraterritorial character. The United States or any other country is entitled to boycott or embargo another nation, but they cannot take actions that require other nations to concur with those actions. When, under the provisions of acts such as Helms-Burton of March 1996, the United States compels others to act against Cuba it becomes a blockade and violates international law. The U.S. embargo, which purports to promote democracy and human rights, has actually impeded Cuban efforts to alleviate poverty and realize full economic and social development. Make no mistake, Cuba has made incredible strides in the areas of...
    Washington — The House will vote this week on a bill to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force (AUMF) in Iraq, a measure which has the backing of the White House and is gaining momentum nearly 20 years after Congress approved voted to approve the U.S. invasion. The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the sole member of Congress to vote against the broad 2001 war authorization targeting Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization against Iraq last year, but it was not taken up in the Senate and was opposed by the Trump administration. "This week, we will make a monumental step forward in our fight to end forever wars," Lee said in a statement on Tuesday. "For 20 years, I've been working to end forever wars and put matters of war and peace back in the hands of Congress, as constitutionally intended. We are finally on the cusp of achieving that goal." Lee has also introduced a bill to repeal the 2001 authorization, and...
    House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businesses 110 House Democrats endorse boost to staff pay Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month MORE (D-Md.) will announce that the House will vote on making Juneteenth a federal holiday sometime this week, a source with knowledge of the information tells The Hill. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Tuesday night, and it seems likely to pass the House, which would send the legislation creating the federal holiday to President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE's desk. It is unclear whether the House will take the same route or hold an official roll call vote. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the last remaining enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, being emancipated by Union soldiers. It is being recognized by a number of states on Friday, June 18, this year.     Tags Steny Hoyer Joe Biden...
    MOMENTUM is gathering for descendants of black slaves to be paid reparations, with thousands in Detroit calling on the city to vote on the matter this fall. The efforts are being led by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Black Caucus who launched a petition earlier this month to rally support for its "Yes on Fairness" initiative. 9Attorney Todd Perkins, one of the leading figures behind the drive, said the vote to authorize the reparations could come as early as NovemberCredit: FOX2 9Protesters are seen demonstrationg in Oklahoma over reperationsCredit: Reuters If successful, the initiative would establish a committee to oversee the creation and development of a "Reparations Fund" that would distribute funds “to address historical discrimination against the Black community in Detroit.” Attorney Todd Perkins, one of the leading figures behind the drive, said the vote to authorize the reparations could come as early as November. To get on the ballot, the Black Caucus would need around 3,600 signatures. Currently, the petition has just shy of 4,000, Perkins told Fox2. "It's the biggest, blackest city yet you...
    The House is poised to take a step toward setting up a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as tensions run high more than four months later.  House Democratic leadership has scheduled votes on two bills stemming from the Capitol attack, when a pro-Trump mob breached the building as lawmakers and then-Vice President Pence were counting the 2020 Electoral College vote.  The votes come as a series of confrontations on Capitol Hill have rattled lawmakers and a growing number of GOP lawmakers have begun to downplay, or rewrite, the attack.  The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement late last week on legislation to establish a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  The deal came after months of stalemate. The commission, under the agreement, would include an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. But it would be focused on the Jan. 6 riot, not other episodes of political violence as GOP leaders have demanded.  Immediately after lawmakers announced they had reached a deal, House Minority Leader Kevin...
    The Senate will vote on legislation aimed at countering China's economic influence this month, Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Monday.  The Senate Commerce Committee will mark up the bill on Wednesday, a vote that was delayed after senators filed hundreds of potential amendments to the bill.   "The Senate Commerce Committee will begin to mark up the Endless Frontiers Act .... a number of other Senate committees are working on bipartisan legislation to improve our competitiveness and make the United States a world leader in advanced manufacturing, innovation and supply chains," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "It is my intention to have the full Senate consider comprehensive competitive legislation during this work period,"  he added. The Senate's current work period lasts until May 28.  The bill, a priority for Schumer and GOP Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungDemocrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight...
    FACEBOOK's independent oversight board said it would make a ruling on Wednesday morning on whether Donald Trump would be allowed to return to the company's platforms. The former President was indefinitely banned from Facebook and Instagram on January 7, the day after the Capitol riot. 2Facebook's oversight board will decide this week whether Donald Trump will be allowed back on its platforms/ Pictured: Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020Credit: Getty 2The panel of 20 members will announce their ruling at 9am on Wednesday morningCredit: AP On January 6 pro-Donald Trump supporters stormed through the US Capitol in Washington DC as Congress members were meeting to vote and certify the election results. Five people lost their lives during the riot including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick. Facebook's panel will oversee Trump's fate on social media and their decision will be announced later this week. “The Oversight Board will announce its decision on the case concerning former US President Trump on May 5, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT,” the board posted on Twitter. The Oversight Board is made up...
    ATLANTA -- An attorney for a Georgia lawmaker who was charged with two felonies after knocking on the door to the governor's private office said authorities overreached in the case, which unfolded while the governor spoke on live television about a sweeping overhaul of state elections.State police arrested state Rep. Park Cannon, an Atlanta Democrat, on Thursday after she said she wanted to see Republican Gov. Brian Kemp sign the law that places new restrictions on voting by mail and gives lawmakers more power to oversee elections.Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. She was released from jail late Thursday.A state police spokesman said Cannon knocked on the door to the public lobby of the governor's office, and then shifted to knocking on a door to a private area."She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest," Lt. W. Mark Riley wrote in a statement.Kemp signed the bill before he began speaking. He interrupted his televised remarks while...
    STIMULUS checks could be sent out as soon as this weekend as the House is set to vote on the $1.9trillion Covid bill on Wednesday. A senior Democratic leadership aide told CNN that the vote will "most likely" take place mid-week. 3Americans are waiting for their third stimulus checkCredit: Getty Images - Getty This is one day later than House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer previously announced. However, another aide told the outlet that the delay is not unexpected. "It's just a big, detailed bill, and it's just taking a minute to process all of it," the said. If House does pass the bill, the next step will be for President Joe Biden to give it the thumbs up. 3Biden said Americans could start receiving checks this monthCredit: AP:Associated Press Thereafter, stimulus checks will begin being sent out to Americans who fit the bill. Over the weekend, Biden revealed that Americans could start receiving their $1,400 stimulus this month after the Senate passed the trillion-dollar Covid relief bill. The president made the comments during a press briefing on Saturday when Biden confirmed...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) expressed outrage after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) gave an emphatic thumbs down to express her rejection of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) attempt to make a $15 minimum wage hike a reality. Sinema made waves Friday when she gave a thumbs down as she joined Republicans in rejecting Democrats’ attempts to raise the federal minimum wage, drawing ire from progressives, such as far-left “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib: “No one should ever be this happy to vote against uplifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting no on $15 minimum wage,” Tlaib remarked: No one should ever be this happy to vote against uplifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting no on $15 minimum wage. https://t.co/qNfYy8co4m — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 6, 2021 pic.twitter.com/tc2jBL1Gff — Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) March 6, 2021 Sinema was one of seven Democrats and one independent who joined Republicans in knocking down the progressive effort to raise the wage. Others included Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Carper...
    THE Senate is set to vote on the coronavirus relief package and taxpayers in the meantime can take steps to ensure they get the full $1,400 payments.  Third stimulus checks are included in the massive relief bill that the House approved on Saturday and is now going before the Senate.  3The third stimulus checks could be weeks away from being sent to taxpayersCredit: Getty Images - Getty Under the proposal, the third checks would amount to $1,400 for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 and the thresholds are $112,500 for heads of households and $150,000 for married couples filing together.  President Joe Biden urged the Senate to act quickly on the legislation, and Democrats want to get it to his desk to sign into law by mid-March. That means that the stimulus checks could be only a few weeks away from being sent to taxpayers. Filing taxes sooner rather than later could lead to maximum payouts for many Americans, according to Yahoo Finance. 3President Joe Biden urged the Senate to quickly vote on the Covid relief pacakgeCredit:...
    The Senate will vote this week on a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, as Democrats try to get the legislation signed into law before federal unemployment benefits expire. "The Senate will take up the American Rescue Plan this week. I expect a hardy debate and some late nights, but the American people sent us here with a job to do, to help the country through this moment of extraordinary challenge," Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said from the Senate floor. The House passed the bill early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate. The Senate is expected to make changes to the bill, including stripping out language increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour after the Senate parliamentarian advised that it didn't comply with budget rules that govern what can be included in the coronavirus bill. The Senate...
    New York : Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced this Tuesday on Twitter that The United States House of Representatives will go down to the plenary session this Friday for a final vote in that body the Biden Administration bill with $ 1,400 stimulus checks. “The House will vote this Friday for the @Potus American Rescue Plan to end this pandemic and distribute urgently needed relief to American families and small businesses. The people of the United States strongly support this bill and we are moving quickly to make it law, ”read Hoyer’s tweet. The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS‘ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law. – Steny (Wear a Mask) Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) February 24, 2021 The Democratic leader’s message comes after the House Budget Committee approved the stimulus proposal prepared in the legislative body...
    Washington — The House is expected to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal later this week in a party-line vote, after the House Budget Committee advanced the bill on Monday.  Although the narrow Democratic majority in the House will likely pass the bill as is, it's unclear whether a provision raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 will be included in the final Senate version of the legislation. The bill, which includes $1,400 in direct payments to Americans making under $75,000, extra money for vaccine distribution and funding to state and local governments, was approved by the Budget Committee on Monday by a vote of 19 to 16. Congressman Lloyd Doggett was the sole Democrat to join Republicans in voting against the bill, although a spokesperson for Doggett later said in a statement that his "no" vote was a mistake and he "supports the COVID-19 relief legislation." Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that he believed the final bill would be passed by March 14, which is the day that enhanced...
    A THIRD round of stimulus checks could arrive in eligible Americans' bank accounts next month as the House is set to vote on a $1.9trillion relief bill. The House of Representatives is ready to follow through with a vote this week on President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion bill - which moved forward without Republican support. 2If relief checks pass through Congress on March 14 and a stimulus bill gets signed into law two days later, the first direct deposit checks are speculated to arrive during the week of March 22Credit: Getty Images - Getty It comes after House Democrats took another step on Friday in their bid to push for more stimulus checks. The spending package includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less a year and an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits. If relief checks pass through Congress on March 14 and a stimulus bill gets signed into law two days later, the first direct deposit checks are speculated to arrive during the week of March 22, CNET reports....
    AMERICANS could see a $1,400 check as soon as next month after the House is set to vote and is likely to pass the next round of stimulus checks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and other Democratic leaders in the House are looking to pass the check this week in order to keep things on schedule and send checks to Americans the week after. 2Americans could get the next stimulus check by the in a few weeksCredit: Getty Images - Getty The stimulus package was rolled out on Friday and sent to the House, which is included in a larger legislation that would bring more money for vaccines an additional $400 a week in federal unemployment benefits. The House is set to vote on the bill by the end of the week. President Joe Biden on Twitter said that the next round of stimulus checks are to be counted on top of the tinier $600 ones that were sent out at the beginning of the year. "We committed to you, Democrat and Republican, a $2,000 stimulus check. $600 came...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1878, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, of New York, died at No. 6 West Fifty-seventh street on Saturday night at the age of 46 years. He was well known by his many charities and his wide social and business influence. At the time of his death he was at the head of the banking firm of Theodore Roosevelt & Son.” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “With a small crowd on hand, the second day’s hearings on the transit fare issue opened today before the Board of Estimate in City Hall. The Mayor expressed the hope that the hearings would end tonight. He announced he would broadcast his answer tomorrow at 7 p.m. over WNYC. Both Mayor [William] O’Dwyer and Controller Lazarus Joseph yesterday sharply questioned ten-cent fare proponents. They stressed the point, over and over, that a fare increase would bring little additional money into the city’s coffers, and would act, under law, only to reduce property taxes. Last night the Mayor, unveiling his attitude on a referendum, said...
    Bradley Cortright February 2, 2021 0 Comments Democrats are paving the way to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package with just a simple majority in the upper chamber as administration officials are pouring cold water Republican lawmakers’ push for a smaller bill.  Senate Democrats voted 50-49 to advance a budget resolution that paves the way for lawmakers to pass the relief bill through budget reconciliation — which only requires 51-votes and is not subject to the filibuster. Democrats currently hold 50-seats in the upper chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) able to cast the tie-breaking vote.  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), one of the more moderate Democratic senators, is a crucial vote when it comes to advancing legislation. While he voted for the budget resolution and signaled he would support passing a relief package through budget reconciliation, Manchin is calling for Democrats to work with Republicans on the bill. During an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Manchin said, “We’re going to make this work in a bipartisan way. My friends on the other side are going to have input. And...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits Nebraska, where Joe Biden won an electoral vote in a seat in the Omaha area. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Donald Trump carried Nebraska 59-39, which was several points tighter than his 60-34 showing in 2016. However, while Trump still didn’t come anywhere close to losing a state that hasn’t backed a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, he still paid a price for that decline. Nebraska, like Maine, gives an electoral vote to the winner of each of its congressional districts, and the Omaha-based 2nd District went for Joe Biden 52-46 four years after Trump won it 48-46. The only other time this happened was in 2008, when Barack Obama likewise won the 2nd District despite losing statewide. Maine’s 2nd District also supported Trump while the state as a whole went for Biden, which makes this the first time in history that Nebraska and Maine have both split their electoral votes...
    WASHINGTON/PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for the Prizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. A CDC committee will vote on the vaccine in a meeting later Saturday morning. If they accept the FDA’s recommendation, vaccines could roll in a matter of days. Pfizer’s CEO says they will begin shipping out doses immediately. The shipments contain enough vaccines to immunize roughly 3 million people. Frontline medical workers and residents of long-term care facilities will receive the first doses. The rest of the country won’t receive the vaccine until spring at the earliest. Senior CDC officials say “active surveillance systems” will be in place to monitor the safety of the first vaccine recipients to track any potential adverse side effects. The FDA says the vaccine is authorized for people ages 16 and older. Clinical trials showed the vaccine was nearly 95% effective for adults ages 18 to 64 and was just as effective for people of all ethnicities. People with weak immune systems, individuals with severe allergic...
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