House Democrats hope to vote this week on infrastructure and reconciliation bills – live


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House Democrats hope to vote this week on infrastructure and reconciliation bills – live

Adam Gabbatt

Almost a third of Republicans believe violence may be necessary to “save” the US, according to a new poll.

Researchers at the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, found that 30% of Republicans agreed with the statement “Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country”.

Among Americans who believe the 2020 election was “stolen” from Donald Trump, which it was not, 39% believe violence may be required.

The troubling statistics show the post-election rancour that led to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January is still very much in place.

Republicans are most likely to believe “true American patriots may have to resort to violence”, PRRI found, with just 11% of Democrats and 17% of independents agreeing with the statement. Among all Americans, 18% agreed.

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Senator Joe Manchin said he will release a statement later today on Democrats’ reconciliation package, days after Joe Biden released a framework for the $1.75tn proposal.

“I think I will clear up a lot of things sometime today,” the West Virginia senator told CNN. “I think there needs to be clarity on where everybody stands.”

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

New - Manchin just told me he’ll make a statement on where he sees things headed with agenda. He has not yet said whether he supports $1.75T plan.

“I think I will clear up a lot of things sometime today,” he told me: “I think there needs to be clarity on where everybody stands.”

November 1, 2021

Biden has indicated that he believes the framework, which is the result of months of negotiations, can attract the support of all 50 Democratic senators.

However, Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the other key Democratic holdout in the Senate, have not yet explicitly endorsed the framework.

If Manchin indicates he will not support the framework, it would jeopardize both the reconciliation package and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

House progressives have said they will not support the infrastructure bill until the reconciliation package advances as well. Stay tuned.

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Biden speaks at Cop26: 'We meet with the eyes of history upon us'

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House Democrats hope to vote this week on infrastructure and reconciliation bills – live

Jessica Glenza

In briefs, Texas argued the supreme court should not review the case, and the state wrote the law specifically to frustrate opponents. SB8 deputizes private citizens to enforce its provisions in civil court, awarding plaintiffs $10,000 fees for any violation of its law, in an attempt to avoid federal court scrutiny.

However, Texas argued if the court did review its case, it should use the opportunity to overturn Roe v Wade. The landmark 1973 case allows abortion to the point a fetus can survive outside the womb. Texas’s law bans abortion before most people know they are pregnant.

The court appears unlikely to overturn Roe v Wade in this case, and will probably focus instead on two other issues. First, is the private enforcement mechanism constitutional and, second, can the federal government sue to stop it?

Both the Biden administration and abortion providers have asked the court to block the law, claiming it is incompatible with Roe v Wade and causing immediate harm to people seeking abortions in Texas.

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US supreme court to hear oral arguments over Texas abortion law

House Democrats hope to vote this week on infrastructure and reconciliation bills – live

Jessica Glenza

The US supreme court is set to hear oral arguments over whether Texas can continue to allow private citizens to enforce a controversial six-week abortion ban on Monday.

Texas’s ban has halted the vast majority of abortions in America’s second largest state geographically, where more than 6 million women of child-bearing age live.

The focus of arguments is whether Texas can allow private citizens to enforce an abortion ban in direct contradiction to supreme court precedent in Roe v Wade, which provides a constitutional right to abortion to roughly 24 weeks, and whether the federal government then has standing to stop the law in court.

The nine-member bench will hear from three parties: attorneys for Texas, the Biden administration and abortion providers.

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House Democrats hope to vote this week on infrastructure and reconciliation bills

Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

House Democratic leaders had originally hoped to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $1.75tn reconciliation package tomorrow, but that timeline is getting altered as lawmakers race to craft a prescription drug price proposal.

CNN reports:

Most House progressives signaled during a virtual meeting Sunday they are likely to back the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the social safety net bill when they both come up for a vote, which is likely to happen after Tuesday.

Several sources on the call told CNN that President Joe Biden has committed to progressives that all 50 Democrats in the Senate would support the legislative text as voted on by the House and that the Congressional Progressive Caucus is taking the President at his word. Moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of Virginia, who are key votes, have not yet publicly endorsed the framework. ...

Meanwhile, shortly after, a House Democratic leadership aide told CNN that while there has been ‘extensive progress’ on drug price reform, a key initiative for Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, the Rules committee will not be meeting Monday -- meaning a full vote will likely not take place on Tuesday.

Democrats are still hopeful about House votes happening later this week, although it’s unclear whether that will happen.

Regardless, with progressives signaling they will support both bills, it’s looking more and more likely that the two proposals will pass the House whenever they do come up for a vote.

The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.