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Recent articles by Tony:

Pelosi prepares Democrats to scale back $3.5 trillion bill as liberals raise new alarms about cuts

Appearing at her weekly press conference, Pelosi said there are “important decisions to make in the next few days” to slim down its overall price tag to an amount that the full party, including its spendthrift centrists, ultimately can support → Read More

Senate leaders announce short-term deal to raise debt ceiling $480 billion into December

Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the truce during a brief statement on the Senate floor, noting the deal would permit the country to continue borrowing to pay its bills into early December. Schumer said that lawmakers “hope we can get this done as soon as today.” → Read More

Senate Republicans plan to block another debt ceiling vote as default risks rise

Democrats for the moment cannot lift the country’s borrowing cap unless 10 GOP lawmakers join them — and Republicans once again are threatening to withhold their votes as part of a campaign to oppose President Biden’s broader economic agenda. → Read More

Biden says changing filibuster rules to raise debt ceiling is a ‘real possibility’

President Biden on Tuesday said it is a “real possibility” that Senate Democrats could seek to rethink the chamber’s filibuster rules in order to overcome a Republican blockade on raising the debt ceiling. → Read More

Biden addresses House Democrats, attempting to break logjam on $1 trillion infrastructure package

For the second time in as many days, Democrats did not appear to have an immediate way forward on the proposal, which would invest new sums to fix the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and internet connections → Read More

Democrats’ agenda hangs in balance as Pelosi, Biden scramble for support on infrastructure vote

The expected House vote increasingly appears doomed: Liberal-leaning Democrats over the past day have reinforced their opposition to the measure, as they wage a broader, still-intensifying war with moderates over the fuller size and scope of Biden’s economic agenda. → Read More

Senate prepares to approve government funding bill hours before midnight deadline

With House approval expected soon after, the Senate vote puts lawmakers one step close toward staving off a government shutdown that is set to occur at midnight. → Read More

Congress races to avert shutdown as Senate readies vote on pared-back bill

The measure, which the House also has signaled it could pass as soon as today, includes billions of dollars to fulfill the Biden administration’s request for aid to respond to two recent deadly hurricanes while assisting in resettling refugees from Afghanistan. → Read More

Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default

The GOP's expected opposition is sure to deal a death blow to the measure, which had passed the House, and adds to the pressure on Democrats to devise their own path forward ahead of a series of urgent fiscal deadlines starting this week. → Read More

Biden’s $4 trillion agenda in peril with Democrats still at odds ahead of key House votes

The bickering continued as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doubled down on her plan to bring two proposals -- one to improve infrastructure, another to advance trillions in long-sought party priorities -- to the full chamber in the days ahead. → Read More

Democrats say they have ‘framework’ on tax increases, but squabbles over specifics continue

"I think there's more work to do to flesh this out, but I think we're making progress," Sen. Wyden said Thursday. → Read More

U.S. careens toward shutdown, financial crisis amid congressional stalemate

Democrats have tied an increase in the debt ceiling with a bill that funds the government into December, setting off a war with Republicans, who refuse to raise the cap out of opposition to President Biden’s agenda — even if it means grinding the country to a halt. → Read More

Congress returns amid looming fiscal showdowns that risk U.S. shutdown, default

Lawmakers must prevent a shutdown, authorize new aid to help those affected by two deadly hurricanes and raise a statutory limit that allows Washington to rack up debts to pay its bills, all the while advancing Biden's $4 trillion agenda. → Read More

Democrats prepare for next phase of budget fight as House readies package and Biden meets with Senate skeptics

The process of drafting the $3.5 trillion bill hadn’t always been smooth, at times exposing deep rifts within Democrats’ narrow majorities in the House and Senate → Read More

Democrats target cigarettes and vaping as potential sources to pay for $3.5 trillion economic package

The new proposal put forward in the House targets a wide array of products, raising existing federal taxes on cigarettes and cigars while introducing the first fee on vaping products. → Read More

Sens. Manchin and Sanders square off as Democrats clash over $3.5 trillion economic package

The internal dissent could prove problematic for the party, since Democrats must stay united in a Congress that they only narrowly control if they hope to pass what could become the largest economic package in U.S. history. → Read More

House Democrats seek to extend monthly child tax payments as part of sweeping new economic package

The slew of new tax credits and other policies form a central component of Democrats’ still-forming $3.5 trillion economic package. → Read More

Democrats take early steps toward new paid leave program, as work continues to craft $3.5 trillion bill

The vote in front of the tax-focused House Ways and Means Committee marked a critical, early milestone as lawmakers continue to craft a broader bill encapsulating President Biden’s economic policy priorities — a grueling process that is set to resume across the Capitol on Friday. → Read More

Democrats ready $450 billion plan to expand child care, pre-K as broader economic package hits new political snags

With the backing of President Biden, the new spending that lawmakers envision could amount to the largest-ever investment in the child-care industry, responding to the struggles many parents have faced during the pandemic. → Read More

U.S. government likely to breach debt ceiling in October unless Congress acts, Yellen warns

Yellen’s missive threatened to turn up the political heat on lawmakers in what already is a jam-packed month, as some on Capitol Hill thought they had more time before they needed to raise or suspend the statutory limit on federal borrowing. → Read More