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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer say they’re aiming to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a larger package stuffed full of Democrats’ child care, health care and climate change priorities by Oct. 31, when a short-term extension of highway funding is set to run out. Coincidentally, Oct. 31 is the day before the much-anticipated United […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said at her Tuesday (Oct. 12) press conference that Congress will mostly be funding policy priorities for a shorter period of time in a smaller reconciliation package, coming just one day after she sent a Dear Colleague letter saying members requested Congress include fewer, but better-funded, policies in the package. […]

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Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) say swift passage of their Cures 2.0 bill that would authorize a new federal biomedical research agency is critical now that key Senate Democrats reportedly stripped from the reconciliation bill a provision providing $3 billion for President Joe Biden’s proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health. The […]

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The fight for provider relief continues as hospitals, nursing homes, practitioners, dentists and assisted living facilities, among others, vie for a piece of the phase 4 $25.5 billion distribution that HHS says will advance equity by rewarding medium and smaller providers with a special add-on relief payment. HHS clarified in a webinar with providers that […]

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Democratic leaders struggling to satisfy both progressive and moderate factions’ demands are still trying to resolve divisions over scaling back the expansive health care policy wish list in their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. A smattering of members in both chambers have concerns with key issues ranging from drug pricing to Medicare spending, while Democratic […]

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Labor, aging, and disability advocates are fighting to get lawmakers to put at least $250 billion toward a plan to expand home and community-based care for the elderly and disabled and improve conditions for the poorly paid workers that tend to them. The plan, which the White House wants funded at $400 billion over eight […]

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With the sound of one final gavel, House Democrats on Wednesday completed the mammoth task of translating President Biden’s economic vision into a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending proposal — marking a major milestone in a fight that’s still far from finished. Assembling the House package proved to be an enormous undertaking, as Democrats raced over the […]

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House Democrats have taken their first steps to advance a sweeping social spending and tax package that would implement President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. Thirteen committees approved legislation to be included in a reconciliation package that can be used to try and pass Democrats’ policies without Republican support. The fiscal 2022 budget resolution (S. Con. […]

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Hours after House Democrats launched a major, health care-focused piece of their pitch to turn $3.5 trillion of social spending dreams into law, it ran smack into a political brick wall. The party’s growing problem is twofold: On one hand, the White House and Senate are keeping their distance from the House’s proposal to divvy […]

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Democrats are staring down a nightmare September, a month jam-packed with deadlines and bruising fights over their top priorities. The numerous legislative challenges in a condensed timeline will test Democratic unity and provide plenty of opportunities for Republicans to lay political traps just a year out from the 2022 midterm elections, where they are feeling […]

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