House Democrats are looking at reversing some of the Trump tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest in order to pay for the proposed $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill known as the “Build Back Better” Agenda. Continue reading “Democrats May Reverse Some Trump Tax Cuts For Corporations & Wealthy”
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) urges his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to hit a ‘strategic pause’ on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget package. Continue reading “Joe Manchin Won’t Support Biden’s $3.5T Budget Package”
With overwhelming bipartisan support, the US Senate has passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure by a vote of 69 to 30. Continue reading “Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill 69-30”
Some news items you might have missed:
• Insider: Idiot social media users on TikTok and Twitter used Grindr to find athletes in Tokyo’s Olympic Village with profiles on the gay dating app and then shared their photos online. The bone-headed move put some athletes who live in countries where being gay is illegal in jeopardy. Continue reading “News Round-Up: July 28, 2021”
The five Republican senators who have been involved in bipartisan talks with Senate Democrats for a major infrastructure bill announced today they’ve reached agreement on the “major issues” of the legislation after weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations. Continue reading “Senate Republicans Announce Agreement For Infrastructure Deal”
Some news items you might have missed:
• TBT: As I get to spend more afternoons at the cement pond these days, I do miss my bestie Bruno (above) who always made the sunshine that much brighter. Not sad – happy he happened 🙂
• The Hill: A new study shows 52% percent of LGBTQ adults say that someone had threatened them with violence since they were age 18. Sixty-seven percent of LBQ cisgender women, 75 percent of GBQ cis men and 70 percent of transgender people said they had been bullied often or sometimes before age 18.
• Pink News: The crowd erupted into cheers at Wednesday evening’s football match between Hungary and Germany when a supporter ran out onto the pitch with a Pride flag as the Hungarian national anthem played.
• USA Today: Missouri is becoming a cautionary COVID tale for the rest of the country: It is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated. Intensive care beds are filling up with surprisingly young, unvaccinated patients.
• CNN: In the new book, Frankly We Did Win This Election, Michael Bender of the Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and say, “That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people. Crack their skulls!” Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters.
• ABC News: President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday announced they had reached a framework $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal after a White House meeting. Biden emphasized that it all comes “without raising a cent from earners below $400,000.”
As President Biden continues to negotiate for an impactful infrastructure bill, the White House has released this short video visiting folks in Kentucky, the home state of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Citizens of the state chat on the condition of the roads, bridges, and water supply as well as needing dependable broadband service to support creating jobs and small businesses.
From the YouTube page: “After decades of neglect, our infrastructure is crumbling – and American families and workers are paying the price. Join us on an infrastructure road trip this week and meet just some of the rural Americans whose lives would be changed by the American Jobs Plan.”
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg appeared on Fox News this morning to help shed light on President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill dubbed the American Jobs Plan.
Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer noted that in running through some numbers about the bill he found “5.6 percent of the $2 trillion proposal is only dedicate to roads and bridges. Why is that?”
Buttigieg then calmly and politely explained to Hemmer that “infrastructure” isn’t merely “roads and bridges.”
“Well, we’re talking about roads and bridges, we’re talking about rails and transit, we’re talking about airports and ports,” Buttigieg began. “As you mentioned, we’re talking about things like the grid. I don’t know why anybody would say that it’s a mistake to invest in the grid after what we just witness in Texas.”
“We saw U.S. citizens, living in Texas, melting snow in their bathtubs to be able to flush their toilets,” continued Buttigieg. “In the United States of America that is unacceptable. So yes, infrastructure includes energy infrastructure.”
As the country is now well-aware, Texas learned the hard way in February about how ignoring the state of energy infrastructure can come back to bite folks in the butt.
Buttigieg added that in Biden’s proposal, infrastructure also includes broadband internet which is woefully absent in many rural areas.
“Good infrastructure planning is always about looking to the future,” said the transportation secretary. “You know, railroads were not a part of infrastructure until we built them. And I’m sure in the Eisenhower era they weren’t thinking about things like broadband, they were still working on electrification which would have sounded newfangled in its time. Now it’s time to prepare for the future.”
Buttigieg has made a name for himself being able to handle himself over at Fox News and he demonstrated that skill again today.
By the way, note the video footage Fox News runs as Buttigieg explains the bill – money being printed and printed and printed…
“What’s abundantly clear is that this policy we’ve had in the past of short changing our infrastructure.. that’s catching up to us.” @PeteButtigieg @SecretaryPete discusses President Biden’s $2 Trillion spending bill unveiled on Wednesday @DanaPerino @BillHemmer pic.twitter.com/Bfio9teZ6I
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) April 1, 2021