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Democrats, stung by losses, press forward on Biden agenda

Liberal lawmakers pointed the finger back at holdout moderates who have been the main impediments to passage of a separate $1.85 trillion social safety net and climate change bill

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Democrats meet to discuss deal on social policy bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told Democrats they were on “the verge of something major,” according to two people familiar with her comments, who disclosed the private remarks on condition of…

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Democrats move to avert shutdown, but divisions imperil Biden's agenda

Congressional leaders moved to address the most immediate threat, working to complete a bill to prevent a government funding lapse at midnight Thursday. Yet after days of intensive negotiations to…

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Democrats unveil $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, without addressing the debt limit

The blueprint would allow Senate Democrats to construct legislation this fall that greatly increases spending on health care, child and elder care, education, and climate change

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Crisis spurs Congress toward big measures to lift families from poverty

The plans vary in duration, design and the amount they would add to the federal debt, but they share a new, central premise in the policy debate over how to help the poor

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Centrist Republicans outline relief package before meeting Biden

The coalition of mostly centrist Republican senators, led by Susan Collins of Maine, on Monday outlined their $618 billion plan, which they are billing as a way for Biden to pass a pandemic aid…

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Questions about Trump’s fate, new dynamics in Washington remain as inauguration week begins

As inauguration week dawned, one set of worries dissipated, while others intensified: The feared mobs engulfing state capitals Sunday did not materialize

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