As President Biden Joe Biden Biden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration MORE races ahead with a mammoth plan to bolster the nation's infrastructure, Democrats are gambling they'll get a political boost from an accompanying proposal: the tax hikes designed to defray the massive costs. Biden on Wednesday outlined a slate of tax reforms aimed at raising $2.5 trillion — much of it from large corporations — to underwrite the new infrastructure spending. The proposal was quickly roasted by Republicans, who have long portrayed Democrats as the party of higher taxes and are now warning that Biden's plan would hurt small businesses and kill American jobs. Yet national polls have consistently revealed that tax hikes on corporations and other wealthy taxpayers enjoy strong support among a broad array of voters, including independents. And some … [Read more...] about Democrats see political winner in tax fight
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President Biden Joe Biden Biden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration MORE ’s infrastructure plan and a surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan are the issues expected to dominate the Sunday news circuit. Democrats indicated they will most likely split up Biden’s infrastructure plan into two separate bills, though the overall plan will include funding for projects like roads, bridges and public transit as well as child care, elder care and family tax credits. The first portion, which has a price tag of roughly $2.25 trillion, has already faced opposition from Republicans, who say the package is too expensive and contorts the parameters of what infrastructure plans are supposed to cover. Sen. Roy Blunt Roy Dean Blunt DC delegate pushes for removing Capitol fence despite car attack Coons says bipartisan infrastructure package … [Read more...] about Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge
With the establishment of his commission to study the possible packing of the Supreme Court, President Biden has adjoined his name to one of the most inglorious efforts of Franklin Roosevelt. Court packing has long been anathema in the United States, and polls have consistently shown the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea. Biden himself once denounced it as a “boneheaded” idea, but that was back in 1983, when there remained a real space in politics for at least the pretense of principle. Now Biden and others seem to think the Supreme Court must be canceled for its failure to yield to the demands of our age of rage. Many of us were surprised when he pandered to court packing calls in the 2020 primaries. Some of us have called for expanding the court over a lengthy transitional period, but commentators and some Democrats called for an immediate infusion of new justices to give liberals the controlling majority. Unhappy with conservative rulings, Democrats demanded that the … [Read more...] about Did Joe Biden pack the Supreme Court commission to simply fail?
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, including repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability. Lawmakers approved a new statewide use-of-force policy, limits on no-knock warrants and an expansion of public access to records in police disciplinary cases. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down Police would be required to use body cameras statewide by 2026. One measure would create a unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate police-involved deaths and prohibit law enforcement from buying surplus military equipment. The legislation, which now goes to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, has been months in the making and a top priority of the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. A spokesman for Hogan said he would review the legislation. Lawmakers voted to repeal the Law Enforcement Officers Bill … [Read more...] about Maryland Lawmakers Approve Package Of Police Reform Measures
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he has vetoed three police reform measures approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, all measures passed with enough votes to override the vetoes. The House of Delegates was taking up the legislation Friday night. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down The Republican governor vetoed legislation that includes the repeal of job protections in the police disciplinary process that have become common in other parts of the country. The vetoed measures include a statewide use-of-force policy and mandated use of body cameras statewide by July 2025. The legislation also includes limits on no-knock warrants. Under the bill, police could only use no-knock warrants between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., except in an emergency. One of the measures also includes an expansion of public access to records in police disciplinary cases. Another includes new penalties for … [Read more...] about Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes 3 Police Reform Bills