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Senate Democrats are shelving an effort to raise minimum wages for workers as part of their $1.9 trillion virus relief package, according to two people familiar with the matter. The plan included tax penalties on big companies that pay low wages along with incentives for smaller companies. It had been floated by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Budget Comittee Chairman Bernie ...

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HOUSTON — After touring damage from the deadly winter storm that paralyzed Texas last week, President Joe Biden — joined by several of the state’s top Republican and Democratic political leaders — used the first disaster visit of his presidency on Friday to call for unity. “When a crisis hits our states, it’s not a Republican or Democrat who’s hurting. It’s a fellow American who’s hurting,” ...

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Sen. Ted Cruz taunted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as he addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, making a joke out of the New York Democrat's fears of the deadly riot at the Capitol last month. In his remarks, Cruz, R-Texas, said the U.S. faces “dark times” with Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, adding dramatically that “Bernie is wearing mittens, and ...

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WASHINGTON — With the U.S. House expected to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Friday, opposition to the plan is hardening among Republican senators, setting up a strictly partisan vote on President Joe Biden’s first, and arguably most consequential, legislative initiative. As chances of a broad-based compromise dwindle, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been able to ...

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Rep. Marie Newman’s push for LGBTQ rights in the name of her transgender daughter has sparked a political feud with controversial Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia congresswoman who has espoused baseless conspiracy theories. The controversy featured dueling displays in the hallway of a congressional office building, a personal attack from Taylor Greene against the Illinois ...

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WASHINGTON — Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has told senators that the federal minimum wage increase President Joe Biden and Democrats have been seeking would violate the chamber's rules for inclusion in a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation bill. Two sources familiar with the discussions confirmed the ruling, which emerged after arguments from aides to both parties in ...

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans on Thursday for trying to distract attention from the role of right-wing radicals in the Capitol siege. The California Democrat trashed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for insisting that the commission study not just include the violence at the Capitol but also last summer’s racial justice protests. “We are talking about domestic ...

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WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn started surveying chamber Democrats on Wednesday to discern support for the recent White House-backed comprehensive immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Clyburn, D-S.C., told CQ Roll Call that he hopes to hear back from lawmakers “as quickly as possible” on the immigration bill unveiled by ...

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Sen. Joe Manchin, the self-styled conservative Democrat from West Virginia, is driving progressives crazy — and he doesn’t seem to mind. Manchin says President Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion COVID relief bill is too big, and he wants to cut it. He says he strongly opposes a $15 federal minimum wage, one of Biden’s top campaign promises. He announced last week that he won’t vote to confirm Biden’s ...

WASHINGTON — A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill continued to take shape Tuesday, with suspense building over whether a minimum wage increase would survive. House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth has assembled an initial 138-page draft manager's amendment full of changes to the 592-page version his committee approved on Monday, including the submissions of three committees that didn't mark up ...