U.S. Democrats will start the process on Wednesday of preparing an infrastructure bill for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, with or without Republican support.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CBS on Sunday that the latest Republican offer did not meet President Joe Biden's objectives.
"We've got to remember that right now the American people are with us.
The American people want us to act.
They believe in the need to invest in - not just roads and bridges - but making sure that it's more affordable to be an American.
And, the American people are with us in terms of how we want to pay for this, which is by insuring that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.
So we think there is a very strong wind at our back.
And we've seen a lot of Republicans, certainly around the country but also a lot of Republicans in office, state their interest in doing something real on infrastructure.
We just need to see if we can get it into enough of an overlapping consensus that we can get a bill done together, because the president strongly prefers a bipartisan approach." Biden rejected a proposal from the main Republican negotiator, West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, last week.
Republicans proposed $300 billion in new spending to fix roads, bridges, broadband, and other public works.
Biden is asking for at least $1 trillion in new spending.
He will meet with Capito again on Monday, their third time face-to-face.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday sealed an agreement formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after U.S. troops were sent to the country. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack will hear testimony from four police officers who were on the front lines that day as rioters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral win. CNN’s Josh Campbell reports.
CNN’s Pamela Brown looks at former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ delayed support of the coronavirus vaccines even as Sanders blames President Biden, Democrats and Dr. Fauci, among others, for vaccine hesitancy.
Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida tells CNN’s Pamela Brown that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is to blame for the state’s surge in Covid cases and he believes there should be more mask mandates and lockdowns in Florida to combat the virus.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) took issue with reporters asking GOP lawmakers if they were vaccinated, and said reporters should be asking the Democrats if they are vaccinated. A CNN survey found that 100% of Democratic lawmakers on Capitol hill have been vaccinated.
[NFA] U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to reject two of the five Republican lawmakers that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy named to a special committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pulling his five Republican members selected to join the House committee that’s investigating the January 6 insurrection, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject two of McCarthy’s picks, a source with direct knowledge confirmed to CNN. CNN’s Melanie Zanona explains Pelosi’s decision.
[NFA] House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday withdrew his five nominees to serve on the special committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them, both of whom are staunch defenders of former President Donald Trump. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
[NFA] U.S. President Joe Biden shot down a new proposal from the main Republican negotiator on infrastructure, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, that increased spending by about $50 billion over their last offer, the White House said. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would not definitively say if he would support the voting rights compromise put forth by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) but stated that he supports the provisions in House Bill 1 and will work to preserve democracy and voting rights.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) not supporting a house voting rights bill is being influenced by the legislation’s sweeping reforms to limit the role of lobbyists and the influence of “dark money” political donations.
Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders joins CNN’s Dana Bash to discuss bipartisan infrastructure negotiations as well as his efforts to put together a sweeping $6 trillion Democrats-only bill..