Progressive lawmakers are praising the Senate's $3.5 trillion budget deal, arguing that if it moves through Congress along with a separate $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal, it would amount to a historic effort to reshape the economy. "There are a lot of things that are positive about the bill," Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said during an appearance on MSNBC.
'I see this as a down payment': Progressives see room to get more out of budget package that is short of their goal
Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal both wanted the top line for Democrats' sweeping spending plan to be higher, in fact nearly double the $3.5 trillion framework that was announced Tuesday. The pair had been working behind the scenes and around the clock to ensure progressive priorities were included in the proposal.
Democrats have started a support group of dozens of lawmakers in the six months since the Capitol riot where there have been 'a lot of tears' and a 'lot of anger'
Democrats have formed a support group of dozens of lawmakers in the six months since the Capitol riot where there have been 'a lot of tears' and a 'lot of anger' expressed, one congresswoman said. CBS This Morning reported Tuesday - the day that marks since months since the attack - on the group that originally started as a text chain run by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
ANALYSIS — Red lines are the bane of compromise, and so Democratic leaders are trying to keep their fellow partisans from drawing them. Only a forceful response from President Joe Biden will bring the party together. To this point, Biden hasn’t delivered it, as he seeks to navigate a complicated legislative process akin to a chess game.
After frenzied mediation among Democrats, the breach was papered over last week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) promised her rebellious progressives that the infrastructure bill wouldn’t be their only chance to vote for new spending and that a budget bill this fall will include the rest of their wish list.
Lawmakers warn Kevin McCarthy that Georgia congresswoman’s ‘harassment’ campaign ‘could lead to violence against members of Congress’ Marjorie Taylor Greene calls AOC a 'little communist' at Ohio rally A group of more than 30 Democrats in the House of Representatives has demanded “immediate action” from Republican leadership against US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right Georgia congresswoman whose “harassment of her colleagues has reached an unacceptable level”, they claim.
Marjorie Taylor Greene calls 40 Democrats accusing her of harassment 'communists' and mocks Rep. Marie Newman over her transgender daughter by calling her 'Marie Newperson'
Nearly 40 House Democrats wrote to Kevin McCarthy and asked him to address Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'dangerous' behavior Greene fired back, calling them Communists 'I receive constant harassment in public caused by the Democrat lies promoted by the media,' she said Letter was spearheaded by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among those who signed on
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s team is pivoting from saving a bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill from collapse to trying to unify House Democrats behind both that bill and a follow-on, multi-trillion dollar economic package expected to pass on a party-line vote. White House counselor Steve Ricchetti met Tuesday with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and plans to reach out to other groups on Biden’s strategy to pass a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill in tandem with a bigger, broader tax and social spending package.
SEATTLE – The United States Department of Transportation has granted Seattle $11.2 million to repair the West Seattle Bridge. Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced the grant on Twitter Saturday writing “As a West Seattle resident myself, I know how critical this is for our community, businesses, port, and regional economy.”
A House committee passed a series of sweeping antitrust reforms Thursday after roughly 23 hours of debate. While the advancement of the six tech-focused bills considered by the House Judiciary Committee beginning Wednesday is a victory for the bipartisan members who introduced them, the markup surfaced rifts within parties that could ultimately hamper the bills' chances of becoming law.
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee took up its most aggressive of six antitrust bills Thursday, discussing a measure to require platforms, like Amazon.com Inc, to sell lines of business they run on their platforms if they also compete against them.
US lawmakers advanced blockbuster legislation Thursday aimed at curbing the power of Big Tech firms with a sweeping reform of antitrust laws, setting the stage for a tough floor fight in Congress. In a marathon session spanning two days, House Judiciary Committee members approved six bills which take aim at the business practices of Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
(Bloomberg) -- Lawmakers clashed Wednesday over whether Microsoft Corp. would be included in a package of House antitrust bills aimed at big tech companies, even as the software giant’s valuation hovers around $2 trillion. Republicans questioned why the criteria for covered platforms in the legislation appeared tailored to exempt Microsoft.
On Monday, nine lawmakers, led by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA), sent a letter to Garland expressing their “deep concern” over what they called his “apparent reluctance to correct the weaponization and politicization of the Department of Justice by the Trump administration.”
(Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc. could be forced to sell its valuable logistics services division -- the network of warehouses and delivery hubs around the country that power quick delivery of online orders -- under antitrust legislation proposed by a congresswoman from Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, according to a spokesman for the lawmaker.
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - Thirteen organizations, many allied with high-tech companies, wrote to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Monday urging lawmakers to vote against two of the most far-reaching antitrust bills that the committee will discuss this week. The two bills - one introduced by Representative David Cicilline, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, and the other by Representative Pramila Jayapal - address the issue of giant companies, such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google, creating a platform for other businesses and then competing against those same businesses.
The public option insurance plan has fallen off the national radar, despite being a major point of contention between moderates and progressives just a year ago during President Biden's campaign. But rather than holding Biden's feet to the fire on the issue, progressives are concentrating on other health care priorities, like ensuring drug pricing reform and expanded Medicare are included in a massive infrastructure package.
Influential progressive lawmakers are teeing off on the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure negotiations, threatening defections that could derail the prospects for a deal on roads and bridges given Democrats’ thin majorities. Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced his opposition on Monday, and other liberals are threatening to join him.
The bills will need to be voted favorably by the Judiciary Committee before making their way to the full House. They would also need to be approved by the Senate before they could be signed into law by the president. The measures come in the wake of a lengthy investigation by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust into the four companies that was completed last year.
A House antitrust panel on Friday unveiled a bipartisan agenda made up of five bills that would give regulators greater authority to rein in the power of tech giants. The bills put forward by leaders of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee follow a blockbuster report released by the Judiciary panel last year alleging ways that Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook abuse their market power.