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- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on Democrats to work together to pass a major spending package before the end of this month as part of a broader push to advance major elements of President Biden's domestic agenda. In a letter sent Thursday to Senate Democrats , Schumer says he plans to bring up a critical voting rights bill next week and move forward with a social spending bill by the end of the month. "To pass meaningful legislation, we must put aside our differences ...

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- Democrats say they 'have no sense' of what Kyrsten Sinema wants in Biden's safety net package as she opposes tax hikes Sinema is frustrating many Democrats on Capitol Hill as talks on Biden's social spending bill stall. Two Senate Democratic aides tell Insider she's opposed to any corporate and individual income tax increases. "I can't put myself in her head," House Budget Chair John Yarmuth recently told reporters. It's not just Bernie Sanders. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is vexing many of ...


- Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Alex Henderson October 14, 2021 Frustrated by some of her more conservative positions, progressive activists have been threatening to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in 2024 — when the centrist Democrat will be up for reelection. And according to a new poll from Data for Progress , Democrats in Arizona would favor some of Sinema's possible primary opponents. The poll was ...

Source: alternet.org

- "We can choose to strengthen the bond Americans have to one another by proposing universal social insurance benefits that broadly benefit all Americans." Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday reiterated their top-level priorities for the nascent reconciliation package and urged their fellow Democrats to pursue universal programs instead of "complicated methods of means-testing that the wealthy and powerful will use to divide us." "The CPC agrees that President [Joe] Biden ...


- Liz Shuler leads AFL-CIO as public approval for organized labor is on the rise, young workers are flocking into unions and millions seek better conditions Last modified on Thu 14 Oct 2021 07.16 EDT F or 12 years, Liz Shuler was No 2 to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, main union federation in the US, but after Trumka’s unexpected death in August, Shuler became the its first-ever female president at a time that organized labor in the US faces deep problems – and extraordinary ...


- Large corporations "have given Senator Manchin over a million reasons to avoid paying their fair share," said Accountable.US president Kyle Herrig. Sen. Joe Manchin, one of a handful of Democratic lawmakers threatening to tank President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, has received at least $1.5 million in campaign donations from the businesses and trade groups leading corporate America's lobbying blitz against the Build Back Better reconciliation package, a new analysis by Accountable.US ...


- Think tank in Washington puts forward ‘illustrative packages,’ aiming to ‘help frame the discussion’ as Democrats negotiate What could end up in Democrats’ social-spending package after it gets a haircut, and how could it be paid for? One think tank in Washington — the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget — put forward ideas on that question Tuesday, saying it’s aiming to “help frame the discussion.” That’s as negotiations among Democratic progressives and moderates ...


- A mixed outlook The IEA warns much more ambition is needed to curb global warming Even though, if countries meet climate pledges, fossil-fuel consumption will peak by 2025 “A NEW GLOBAL energy economy is emerging.” Thus declared Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, a global forecaster, launching the organisation’s World Energy Outlook , its annual flagship report, on October 13th. It is appearing less than three weeks before COP26, a big UN climate summit, gets under way ...


- Throughout decades of neoliberal counterreforms, the most resilient parts of the Nordic welfare state have been the ones under direct popular control. Their experience shows that the best way to push back against capital is to democratize power in society. Norway’s election last month brought a landslide shift to the Left , including a parliamentary breakthrough for the socialist Red Party (Rødt) . There are now social-democratic governments in all five Nordic countries, with growing ...


- T o defend American democracy from fierce attack, President Biden Joe Biden should unite Democrats and oppose filibusters strongly, clearly, unequivocally, and soon. Biden should provide a code red alert to Democrats and the nation about the paramount cause of defending our democracy and countering the historic, unprecedented and aggressive attacks of voter suppression and hyper-partisan gerrymandering that are now well underway. Biden should champion, with c rystal clarity, the code red ...

Source: thehill.com

- WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she’s “disappointed” Democrats must lower the price tag of the $3.5 trillion social safety net package and suggested they may have to make some sacrifices. “We have some important decisions to make in the next few days so that we can proceed. I'm very disappointed that we're not going with the original $3.5 trillion, which was very transformative, but whatever we do, we will make decisions that will continue to be ...

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- "The Democrats must stand with the people," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, "not fold." Further poking holes in reports that the lawmakers currently standing in the way of passing President Joe Biden's agenda are new polling out Tuesday showed that large majorities of voters want the federal government to be empowered to negotiate for lower drug prices—a proposal long championed by Democrats which has now become a sticking point in the Build Back Better Act. "Even with PhRMA spending millions on ...


- Congress Might Blow Its Biggest Opportunity To Tackle The Climate Crisis “If you add it all up, this would be the single largest thing the federal government has ever done to deal with climate change,” one researcher said. Sen. Ed Markey urges his colleagues to fund climate programs at a recent press conference at the US Capitol. Members of Congress face their biggest opportunity in more than a decade to help the US avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, part of the intense ...


- "This is what the American people want," the socialist senator from Vermont insisted. As congressional progressives push back against right-wing Democrats seeking to shrink the size and scope of the Build Back Better Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Tuesday insisted that expanded Medicare benefits must remain part of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. "I do understand that the healthcare industry does not like this idea, but maybe, just maybe, we stand with the ...


- © Greg Nash Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is raising funds for the Democratic Socialist candidate in Buffalo’s mayoral race less than a month out from Election Day. Sanders sent an email blast urging his supporters to make a small contribution to support India Walton’s campaign for Buffalo mayor, pointing to her progressive ideals. “Please make a $2.70 contribution to help India Walton win the general election to become the next mayor of the city of Buffalo, New York, and to ...

Source: thehill.com

- The left of the party is celebrating holding firm on insisting on both parts of Biden’s domestic agenda over centrist objections Last modified on Sat 9 Oct 2021 04.47 EDT W hen House Democrats were forced to delay their planned vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill earlier this month, the reaction from progressives was a bit surprising considering it is a key part of Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. Rather than lamenting the delay of the vote, progressive groups praised the Democratic ...


- "Nobody in Congress can be counted on to stand with what the people need as opposed to caving to the demands of party leadership," warns veteran single-payer activist Amy Scheetz. Democrats in Congress and their supporters inside the beltway have taken single payer off the table. Instead of pursuing Medicare for All they are pursuing incremental improvements in Medicare—also known as Medicare for Some. They are also pursuing single payer at the state level. Long time national single payer ...


- Over the last five years, the 100 top law firms in the US represented fossil fuel clients in 358 legal cases and transactions worth $1.36tn Last modified on Sat 9 Oct 2021 08.12 EDT The world’s biggest corporate law firms have been making millions of dollars representing fossil fuel companies but, as the climate crisis intensifies, this work is coming under increasing scrutiny. Over the last five years, the 100 top ranked law firms in the US facilitated $1.36tn of fossil fuel transactions, ...


- Mars has ramped up its net-zero target to cover its entire business and supply chain, including the greenhouse gases generated by its agriculture and suppliers as well as emissions produced by consumers using its food, drink and pet food products, the multinational firm announced this week. The new net zero by 2050 target marks a step-up in ambition from the firm's previous climate goals and aligns Mars' core business and full value chain — covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions — with the ...

Source: greenbiz.com

- Top Bernie Sanders campaign alums are launching a progressive firm in the Biden era to drive the conversation further leftward and elect more left-wing Democrats. The new consultancy, Left Flank Strategies, first reported by The Hill, bills itself as an insurgent-style alternative to Democratic shops that rely on traditional tactics to usher centrist candidates into office. It’s also an attempt to break up the moderate firewall in Congress that finds itself publicly sparring with the newly ...

Source: thehill.com