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Ten GOP Senators Announce support for Infrastructure Compromise
Zachary Evans Wed, June 16, 2021, 6:04 PM A bipartisan group of 20 senators, including ten Republicans, announced their support for a compromise framework on infrastructure on Wednesday.
Details of the framework were not immediately available, although the cost of the potential bill would be $1.2 trillion over eight years, according to CNN. The backing of ten GOP senators could give the potential bill a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, if all 50 Democrats vote in favor.
“We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.”
President Biden initially proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes funding for bridges, roads, and railways, and a national network of charging stations for electric vehicles, among other provisions.
Republicans have attempted to lower the price tag on the bill and have insisted that legislation not include tax increases. Additionally, the GOP senators have strived to keep former President Trump’s 2017 tax reform measures in place.
Democrats have explored options for passing an infrastructure bill via budget reconciliation rules, which allow certain pieces of legislation to pass the Senate via a simple majority vote instead of a filibuster-proof 60 votes. However, Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) cautioned against using budget reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill in comments to NBC earlier this month.
“Are you ready to go it alone with just Democrats?” reporter Garrett Haake asked Manchin.
“No. I don’t think we should. I really don’t,” Manchin responded. “Right now, basically, we need to be bipartisan.”
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Poll: Lara Trump Is GOP Frontrunner in North Carolina Senate Race
Brittany Bernstein Tue, April 13, 2021, 5:35 PM Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former President Trump, has a double-digit lead among potential GOP candidates to replace retiring Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.) in the Senate next year, though she has not yet indicated whether she plans to run.
She came out on top in an eight-way primary contest, receiving support from 32.4 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the GOP polling firm Cygnal, according to The Hill.
North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson came in second, with 20.1 percent, followed by former Governor Pat McCrory and former Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who received 14.2 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively.
The only candidate to have formally announced a bid for Burr’s seat, former Representative Mark Walker (R., N.C.), finished fifth with 3 percent.
Trump, who served as a top surrogate and adviser to her father-in-law, also scored the highest net favorability rating, at 66.6 percent.
She is a North Carolina native, though she has not lived in the state in years.
The poll shows strong support for former President Trump in the state, with 86 percent of respondents saying they hold a favorable view of the 45th president, including 68.8 percent who reported a “very favorable” opinion of him.
Eighty-three percent of GOP voters said they want Republican candidates to show loyalty to the former president. Meanwhile, 54.7 percent consider themselves to be more a supporter of former President Trump than the Republican Party.
However, just 34 percent said they believe Lara Trump is the Republican most capable of winning the 2022 general election. Twenty percent said the same of Robinson and 15 percent named McCrory as most capable.
The Senate race in North Carolina is expected to be one of the most competitive and expensive of the 2022 elections.
Democrats hoping to replace Burr in the battleground state include former state Senator Erica Smith, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the party’s Senate nomination in 2022, and state Senator Jeff Jackson.
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West Virginia Gov. Calls for Large-Scale Stimulus: ‘If We Throw Away Some Money Right Now, So What?’
Zachary Evans Updated Mon, February 1, 2021, 1:54 PM West Virginia governor Jim Justice, a Republican, called for a large-scale economic relief bill on Monday in comments to CNN.
Justice’s remarks came after Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) called for targeted economic relief to tackle the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Manchin has dismissed the idea of sending out $2,000 stimulus checks to all Americans making less than $75,000 a year, calling instead for infrastructure projects “to put people back to work.”
On Monday, however, Governor Justice indicated that he would not be overly concerned about the price tag of a new relief bill.
“We need to understand that trying to be, per se, fiscally responsible at this point in time with what we’ve got going on in the country—if we actually throw away some money right now, so what?” Justice told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “We have really got to move and get people taken care of, and get people back on balance.”
Harlow pointed out that Senator Manchin has called for more targeted relief efforts, however Justice said he had not spoken to the senator regarding negotiations over the bill.
“I don’t really know exactly what the thinking could possibly be there,” Justice said. “We got people who are really hurting, and that’s all there is to it.”
Justice’s remarks come several hours before President Biden is set to meet with ten Senate Republicans to discuss a compromise coronavirus relief bill. Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) told CNN that the compromise bill includes more targeted relief, with $1,000 checks to individuals making $50,000 or less, and would be less costly than the current $1.9 trillion bill proposed by Democrats.
While Democrats could attempt to pass their proposal via budget reconciliation, allowing for a simple majority vote and eliminating the possibility of a GOP filibuster, the party would need all 50 of its senators to vote in favor of the measure. This means Manchin would need to agree to the proposal, as well as fellow moderate Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
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