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Senate parliamentarian OKs most of Dems' drug price controls

The bill is broad, covering climate change, energy, health care costs and even deficit reduction as Democrats hope to secure a big win ahead of the midterms. → Read More

Democrats say they've reached agreement on economic package

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist seen as the pivotal vote in the 50-50 chamber, said she was ready to "move forward" on the bill. → Read More

Dems seem headed for climate, health win, but hurdles remain

Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin have drafted a compromise package that would help would let Biden and Democrats claim a triumph as November elections near. → Read More

Biden tells Dems to quickly pass pared-down economic package

Biden is telling Democrats to quickly push the measure through Congress so families can “sleep easier” and enjoy the health care savings it proposes. → Read More

Senate passes landmark gun violence bill, House passage is next

It took nearly a month of closed-door talks but a group of senators emerged with a compromise embodying incremental but impactful movement. → Read More

Senators reach agreement on gun violence compromise

The package would include beefed-up background checks for young gun buyers, increase gun trafficking penalties and support for mental health programs in schools. → Read More

Tentative Senate gun deal has surprises, and loose ends

Democrats and Republicans are working to fortify background check and red-flag laws already in place, but the deal faces a tough road ahead to even get passed. → Read More

Portman among bipartisan group of senators to announce outline of gun violence agreement

The agreement would offer money to states to implement “red flag” laws that make it easier to temporarily take guns from people considered potentially violent. → Read More

GOP blocks Senate COVID bill, demands votes on immigration

All 50 Republicans opposed the move, leaving Democrats 13 votes short of the 60 they needed to prevail. → Read More

Here's what's in the $1.5 trillion budget Congress just passed

The budget just passed by Congress is full of political prizes for both Republicans and Democrats and includes $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine. → Read More

House passes $13.6 billion for Ukraine in huge spending bill

Passage of the Ukraine aid and the $1.5 trillion government-wide legislation that carried it let both parties lay claim to election-year victories. → Read More

Biden vows to pass social programs bill despite Manchin's holdout

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is the sole Democratic holdout in the upper house, but has been unyielding to the President. → Read More

Child tax credit payment may not come Jan. 15 based on what happened Thursday

An extension of the monthly child tax credit is tucked into the Build Back Better bill. It now looks like a potential vote will be pushed into the new year. → Read More

AP source: Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill

The bill's current status is tenuous, with Democrats fearing they will lose one or both chambers of Congress in next year's midterms. → Read More

More options being considered to extend child tax credit, senator says

The monthly child tax credit payments are about to expire. It is reportedly a sticking point in the Build Back Better negotiations with a Senate holdout. → Read More

House passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill after compromise reached on bigger package

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed. As for the $1.85 trillion social spending package, its fate won't be known until later this month. → Read More

Biden's big bill could get House vote Friday. Here's where negotiations stand.

If passed by the House, the effort to expand health care, child care and other social services for countless Americans would head to the 50-50 Senate. → Read More

Paid family leave appears dead as Democrats try to get Biden bill to finish line

A billionaires' tax and paid family leave both appear to be out of President Biden's domestic agenda, but expanded health care and free pre-k may survive. → Read More

Here's what's in danger of being axed from Biden's plan as price tag cut in half

The bill faces reductions or eliminations of policy priorities from paid family leave to child care to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors. → Read More

White House, Democrats hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Recent changes include shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates while adding a new tax on the investment gains of the very richest Americans. → Read More