A key Senate Democrat said Wednesday he supports making people pay to use transportation infrastructure even as the White House eyes raising corporate taxes to pay for its own infrastructure package. “I think things that are worth having are worth paying for,” Sen. Tom Carper Thomas (Tom) Richard Carper OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council MORE (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said during The Hill's Sustainability Imperative event. “For years, we have taken a user-pay approach. If you use roads, highways, bridges, you have to help pay for that. I think that’s sound policy and one that we should continue,” Carper told … [Read more...] about Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects
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What are the chances the Biden Infrastructure Plan passes as-is? Since it is impossible to have a probability of below zero, I’ll opt for zero. Something will pass; it’s just that Sen. Joe Manchin Joe Manchin House committee approves DC statehood bill Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback MORE (D-W.Va.) hasn’t figured out exactly what’s in (billions for abandoned mine clean-up ) and what’s out ( 28 percent corporate tax ). Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan is not policy — it isn’t even a coherent plan. It’s a grab bag of promises intended to mollify every part of the rickety, squabbling Democratic Party coalition — with a play for union voters who went for Trump in 2016 and 2020. In other words, just politics. ADVERTISEMENT But it is effective politics, with its constituent parts enjoying substantial public support. According to a recent … [Read more...] about ‘Just say no’ just won’t work for Senate Republicans
During a Wednesday appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) emphasized the importance of rebuilding the nation’s “human infrastructure.” This comes as Democrats are attempting to ram through a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that largely is not directed toward infrastructure. In arguing in favor of the infrastructure package, Sanders highlighted that “millions of Americans” cannot afford to send their children to college, cannot afford health care, are working at starvation wages, and cannot afford child care. “Look, at the end of the day, everybody in America understands that our infrastructure — our roads and our bridges and our water systems and wastewater plants — are falling apart. They need repair. They need to be rebuilt. And in the process, we create millions of good-paying jobs in doing that,” Sanders outlined. “I think every Democrat understands that; I suspect every Republican understands that. And on top of that, we can create millions more … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders: ‘We Have to Rebuild Not Only Our Physical Infrastructure but Our Human Infrastructure’
( CBS DFW ) — A possible fourth stimulus check has been suggested, even as the third round of economic relief is still reaching eligible Americans. Around 159 million payments of up to $1,400 per person have been issued over the last few weeks. That’s most of the $422 billion allotted in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Paper checks and EIP cards continue to arrive by mail. These relief payments are part of a larger effort to cushion COVID’s economic impact on households and support the economy while the pandemic recovery continues. The stimulus package also extends unemployment benefits, strengthens the child tax credit, and much more. The recent round of checks follows the $1,200 CARES Act payments at the pandemic’s outset and the $600 payments in early January. READ MORE: Restaurants Reopening: Where Do They Stand, And How Do They Recover From COVID? How Does The Economic Recovery Look? Many households are far from where they started last … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Latest: Will There Be A Fourth Relief Payment?
“No one wants to go down and live under a bridge the rest of his life. Something happened, and when that something happens, we lose something within us. That’s why we need one another.” – Father Charles Woodrich Long before Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, there was Father Woody. Long before anyone, really, cared about the homeless, it was the maverick Catholic priest who opened his arms, and the doors of his Holy Ghost parish, to those less fortunate. Known formally as Monsignor Charles Woodrich, he became better known as Denver’s patron saint of the poor at a time when this city was enveloped in the so-called decade of greed. Thirty-five years ago, as one of those familiar, icy February chills was about to knife through town, Father Woody wondered aloud to a friend what would become of the homeless. Where would they seek shelter? As the temperature plunged, he opened the heavy wooden doors to his church, and for the next week, … [Read more...] about Father Woody’s legacy