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Senate leader sets infrastructure vote, pressures other lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pressured lawmakers Thursday to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda. Schumer, ...

Biden bids Germany’s Merkel farewell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon. ...

Whitmer plan to use virus funds for parks a sound investment

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced her plan to invest $250 million of federal relief funding into modernizing Michigan state parks and trails to enhance tourism and boost local economies. This was tremendous news for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation ...

Biden pitches huge budget, says Dems will ‘get a lot done’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden made a quick foray to the Capitol on Wednesday hunting support for his multitrillion-dollar agenda of infrastructure, health care and other programs, a potential landmark achievement that would require near-unanimous backing from fractious Democrats. ...

Senate Dems announce $3.5T budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday that they'd reached a budget agreement envisioning spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade, paving the way for their drive to pour federal resources into climate change, health care and family-service programs sought ...

Biden blasts ‘un-American’ voting limits; Texas Dems act

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national “test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their ...