American Jobs Plan
U.S. House Democrats advance budget resolution, overcoming standoff on timing of infrastructure vote
WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday muscled through a $3.5 trillion budget framework, overcoming a standoff with a handful of centrists who had demanded the House first approve the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate. That position by 10 House Democrats — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer of […]
In victory for Biden, U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill
North Carolina's Tillis and Burr defy Trump by helping to craft compromise legislation The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation.
U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550B in new infrastructure spending
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]
Capitol Hill update: Senate Republicans slow infrastructure plan, House passes PFAS bill
U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation.
The best op-ed of the weekend: Economist speaks the simple truth about ‘socialism’
In case you missed it, be sure to check a fine op-ed by economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research that ran over the weekend in the Winston-Salem Journal. In “‘Socialism’ — or plain old progress,” Baker offers a thorough debunking of the loony claims being advanced by some on the political […]
Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation
WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted […]
White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states
NC’s David Price to play key role in shepherding legislation WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The 1 in 4 Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 living in areas with too-few licensed […]
Biden administration spells out exactly what the American Jobs Plan would mean for NC
As part of its ongoing effort to sell its big new national infrastructure plan — “The American Jobs Plan,” the Biden administration has prepared fact sheets on the kind of assistance the proposal would bring to each state. The White House reports that “additional issue-based fact sheets will be released in the coming days and […]
Monday numbers: A closer look at President Biden’s American Jobs Plan
President Biden unveiled a large and ambitious new proposal to rebuild and improve the nation's infrastructure last week that he has dubbed the "American Jobs Plan." And while the proposal has met with criticism from some progressives for being insufficiently bold – especially in tackling the global climate emergency – it is, by all accounts, an ambitious plan that would, if enacted, be the largest of its kind in U.S. history.