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Senate Democrats

  1. infrastructure
    Here’s the Real Obstacle to Biden’s $4 Trillion Infrastructure BillSome moderate Democrats have a limited appetite for deficit spending, while others can’t stomach large tax hikes.
  2. senate democrats
    Democrats Need to Move Fast and Fix ThingsThe party has a historic opportunity to make permanent, progressive change — but Schumer’s single-vote majority could expire at any moment.
  3. mitch mcconnell
    McConnell’s Warning of a ‘Scorched-Earth’ Senate Is an Empty ThreatMcConnell warns that Democrats will regret abolishing the filibuster, but the GOP leader may not actually have liberals’ best interests at heart.
  4. build back better
    Why Biden’s Next Bill May Be a ‘China Package’Fear of China’s economic strength has spurred bipartisan support for public investment in U.S. manufacturing.
  5. stimulus checks
    Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No ReasonBy narrowing eligibility for COVID relief payments, Senate Democrats will save a negligible amount of money at a high political cost.
  6. $15 minimum wage
    Democrats Can Still Get a $15 Minimum Wage Into the COVID-Relief BillThere are plenty of ways for Democrats to get a $15 minimum wage through the Senate. There just aren’t 50 Senate Democrats willing to do so.
  7. conservatism
    Trump’s Reconquest of the GOP May Have an Upside for DemocracyAverting minority rule requires radicalizing Senate Democrats. The GOP renewing its vows of fealty to Trump facilitates that task.
  8. biden cabinet
    Susan Collins Deals (Likely) Death Blow to Tanden NominationSenate moderates are poised to sacrifice Biden’s OMB pick on the altar of civility — but the White House isn’t relinquishing Tanden just yet.
  9. coronavirus stimulus
    New Jobs Report Bolsters Case for Biden’s StimulusWith 10 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed, Democrats are right to err on the side of too much relief.
  10. the filibuster
    The Democratic Party’s Civil War Over the Filibuster Has Barely BegunThe Democrats’ existential interest in enacting major reforms — and its marginal senators’ aversion to tough votes — remain on a collision course.
  11. coronavirus stimulus
    On COVID Relief, Dems Should Go Small Then Go It AloneDare Republicans to oppose a clean “vaccines and checks” law, then roll everything else into a reconciliation bill they can pass on a party-line vote.
  12. filibuster
    The Defining Battle of Biden’s Presidency Is Already Raging in the SenateMitch McConnell’s push for Democrats to rule out filibuster abolition — and thus, most of their policy goals — has triggered a standoff.
  13. coronavirus stimulus
    Democrats Should (Probably) Take the New Bipartisan Stimulus DealAmerica’s vulnerable can’t wait two more months for relief. And $908 billion in stimulus today doesn’t rule out more tomorrow.
  14. senate republicans
    How Biden Could (Maybe) Fix His Senate Problem With One Weird TrickPennsylvania’s Republican senator plans to retire in 2022. Biden should consider offering him a taste of executive power on his way out the door.
  15. supreme court
    Republicans Are Daring Democrats to Expand the Supreme CourtIn recent days, the GOP has done more to radicalize moderate Democrats on judicial issues than progressives ever could.
  16. coronavirus stimulus
    Why Doesn’t Trump Just Tell Mnuchin to Take a Deal?Trump might blame Pelosi or McConnell for failure to get a deal and a second stimulus check. But if any deal is better than none, it’s in his hands.
  17. poll position
    Biden Takes Double-Digit Polling Lead As Clock Ticks for TrumpIn the presidential races as in the Senate, Democrats don’t have a lock on victory but have many paths to get there.
  18. filibuster reform
    Senate Democrats to Consider Using Power to Pass Laws If ElectedSome of the most conservative Senate Democrats are signaling their openness to abolishing the filibuster so they can pass Biden’s agenda in 2021.
  19. bailouts
    What’s Good, Bad, and Mediocre in the Coronavirus Stimulus BillThe legislation is great news for unemployed workers in the short term, bad news for reining in plutocracy in the long run.
  20. politics
    Coronavirus Exposes the Virulence of American ConservatismAs British conservatives push historic aid to keep workers employed, the GOP is fighting to let bailed-out corporations cut staff.
  21. impeachment
    Pelosi Hints at Delaying Senate Trial; McConnell Says ‘I’m in No Hurry’This looks like a game of chicken that will probably end in the January trial we’ve expected all along.
  22. the democrats
    Senate Democrat Apologizes for Putting Too Little Trust in Mitch McConnellMichael Bennet suggests that McConnell’s conscience would have stopped him from nuking the filibuster, if only Democrats hadn’t done so first.
  23. chuck schumer
    Schumer to Trump: Give Us Green Infrastructure, or We’ll Give You NoneThe Democrats (wisely) make Trump an offer he can’t accept.
  24. 2018 midterms
    Michael Bloomberg Just Gave $20 Million to Senate DemocratsThe billionaire’s big investment was (supposedly) inspired by his disappointment with the GOP’s handling of the Kavanaugh hearing.
  25. the kavanaugh hearings
    Kavanaugh’s Partisan Rage Was Disqualifying – Even If He’s InnocentJeff Flake is right to say that Kavanaugh’s “sharp and partisan” interactions with Democratic senators is something “we can’t have on the Court.”
  26. defense spending
    Eventually, Progressive Democrats Will Need to Get ‘Soft’ on DefenseAmerica can have a Western European–style welfare state or a giant and ever-growing military budget — but it can’t have both.
  27. McConnell to Dems: Delay Kavanaugh’s Confirmation at Your Own PerilMcConnell is prepared to push confirmation hearings into October — and thus, keep vulnerable red-state Democrats off the campaign trail.
  28. White House: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without CutsAfter adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit for tax cuts, Trump opposes adding to the debt to increase health-care funding for veterans.
  29. Brett Kavanaugh’s Qualifications Don’t MatterWhen Kavanaugh hands down opinions that limit voting rights and abortion access, ordinary Americans will not care how well written they are.
  30. Every Democrat Should Support Bernie Sanders’s New Labor BillFourteen Democrats have signed onto legislation that will make it easier for workers to form unions — and thus, for their party to win elections.
  31. This Democratic Senator Has a Plan to Make College Debt-Free for AllIf Brian Schatz’s vision is fully implemented, every American would have the option of pursuing a college degree without going into debt.
  32. Democrats to Gut Banking Regulations, for Bipartisanship’s SakeIn the Senate, lawmakers put aside their differences, and work together to help banks abuse consumers and jeopardize our financial system.
  33. Will Trump Make or Break an Immigration Deal?The odds of any legislation making it through the abattoir of both houses of Congress is limited at best — unless Trump gives Republicans cover.
  34. Trump Picks Up Shutdown Threat Over Immigration After Democrats Drop ItLook who’s threatening to shut down the government now.
  35. Trump Confused About GOP Strategy for Avoiding a Government ShutdownThis time with a tweet about funding for CHIP, a children’s insurance program, which had to be “clarified” by the White House.
  36. Franken Resigns Without Confessing Any WrongdoingAfter announcing he would step down “in the coming weeks,” Franken blasts Trump and Roy Moore for not facing such repercussions.
  37. Joe Manchin Is More Popular Than Trump in West Virginia, Poll FindsTrump might need the votes of red-state Democrats to pass tax “reform” — but red-state Democrats look safe enough to toe their party’s line.
  38. Democrats Threaten Obstruction If GOP Doesn’t Make Concessions on Rule of LawDemocrats plan to bring Senate business to a halt if Republicans don’t take steps to protect the independence of the Russia investigation.
  39. Congressional Democrats Warm to Bernie Sanders’s AgendaIn 2015, Sanders’s “free college” bill had zero co-sponsors. The one introduced Monday already has five.
  40. The Filibuster Deserves to DieIf the Democrats’ attempt to block Gorsuch leads to the abolition of the filibuster, that would be a good thing.
  41. Trump Hopes to Tackle Tax Reform and Infrastructure SimultaneouslyAfter failing to get Trumpcare to the House floor, the president has (reportedly) decided he can push two major policies through Congress at once.
  42. Democrats Worry That Trump May Eliminate One of Their Few Remaining PowersThe Senate’s minority party traditionally gets to weigh in on appointees to regulatory commissions. But Trump may be eyeing a work-around.
  43. Democrats Need to Flip One More Republican to Block Betsy DeVosOne vote away from keeping the billionaire heiress to the Amway fortune from becoming Education Secretary.
  44. Republicans Buck Boycott, Vote for Price and Mnuchin Without Democrats PresentAfter a Democratic boycott, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee changed the rules so they could advance the cabinet nominees by themselves.
  45. Senate Democrats Boycott Votes on Two of Trump’s Key Cabinet NomineesAfter misleading statements from Trump’s picks — and mass protests in blue America — Democrats are in the mood for obstruction.
  46. Mnuchin’s Hearing Sparks Arguments About Tax Havens, Foreclosures, and ValiumKey moments from the confirmation hearing of Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary.
  47. Tim Kaine Declines to Sign Senate Resolution Calling for Public OptionThe public option may be Obamacare’s best hope for long-term success. And moderate Senate Democrats are lining up against it.