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Democrats see tax ‘framework’ to pay for huge $3.5T package
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Democrats see tax ‘framework’ to pay for huge $3.5T package

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a framework of options to pay for their huge, emerging social and environment bill, top Democrats said Thursday. Now they face the daunting task of narrowing the menu to tax possibilities they can pass to...

Alabama sees antibody shipments decline
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Alabama sees antibody shipments decline

Alabama saw its number of available monoclonal antibody doses fall as federal officials try to ration the limited resource, but low-vaccination Southern states continued to receive some of the largest allocations.

White House presses Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan
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White House presses Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

By LISA MASCARO and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

Biden promises ‘relentless diplomacy’ to skeptical allies
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Biden promises ‘relentless diplomacy’ to skeptical allies

But while stressing to fellow world leaders the urgency of working together, Biden avoided addressing criticism from allies about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and a diplomatic tempest with France.
Instead, Biden used his address before the annual gathering of world leaders to make his case that the United States remains a reliable international partner following four years of President Donald Trump's "America first" foreign policy.

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in
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Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Congress is rushing headlong into an all-too-familiar stalemate: The federal government faces a shutdown if funding stops at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. At the same time, the U.S. risks defaulting on its accumulated debt load if the borrowing limits are not waived or adjusted.

Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems’ immigration push
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Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems’ immigration push

Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party's clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.