Nancy Pelosi wondered after the Capitol riot if there was anyone at the White House who wasn’t kissing Trump’s ‘fat butt’: book

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

  • Pelosi wondered after the insurrection if people in Trump’s orbit stood up to him, a new book says.
  • “Is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt over all this?” she asked.
  • She also wondered if Gen. Mark Milley could “prevail in the snake pit of the Oval Office and the crazy family as well.”
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Two days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a deadly attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to know if anyone in President Donald Trump’s orbit was willing to stand up to him.

“Is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?” Pelosi asked Gen. Mark Milley during a heated phone call. That’s according to “Peril,” by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

“Is there any reason to think that somebody, some voice of reason, could have weighed in with him?” she asked Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the book reported. “So for this, we are very, very affected by this. This is not an accident. This is not something that you go, well, now that’s done, let’s go from there. Let’s move on. It ain’t that. This is deep what he did. He traumatized the staff. He assaulted the Capitol and the rest of that. And he’s not going to get away with it. He’s not going to be empowered to do more.”

The California Democrat went on to describe Trump as “unhinged” and wondered if Milley could “prevail in the snake pit of the Oval Office and the crazy family as well.”

“You’d think there’d been an intervention by now,” Pelosi said at one point, according to the book. She added that “Republicans have blood on their hands and everybody who enables [Trump] to do what he does has blood on their hands and the traumatic effect on our country.”

Citing a transcript of the January 8 call, Woodward and Costa reported that Pelosi also asked Milley about how to curb Trump’s power. Among other things, she wanted to know what could be done “to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or from accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike?”

Pelosi also told Milley that “the American people need some reassurance on this, General.”

Milley said that while he couldn’t publicly comment on the events at the Capitol, the “nuclear triggers are secure and we’re not going to do – we’re not going to allow anything crazy, illegal, immoral or unethical to happen,” the book said.

Pelosi pressed Milley on what steps he would take to ensure that, and he responded, “Well, we have procedures. There are launch codes and procedures that are required to do that. And I can assure you, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I can assure you that will not happen.”

When Pelosi continued asking what concrete buffers were in place to prevent Trump from acting on his worst impulses, Milley said there were procedures “which require authentication, certification, and any instructions have to come from a competent authority and they have to be legal,” according to the book. “And there has to be a logical rationale for any kind of use of nuclear weapon. Not just nuclear weapons, use of force.”

In addition to Pelosi, Milley also reportedly spoke with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, on at least two occasions – once on October 30 and once on January 8 – to reassure him that the US would not launch a military strike against China.

Woodward and Costa’s reporting about Milley’s efforts to ward off a national security crisis in the wake of Trump’s election loss has drawn sharp criticism from the former president, his advisors, and some former military officials.

Trump falsely accused Milley of “treason” and the retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman – who risked his career by whistleblowing about what Trump said on official call between heads of state – called for the general’s immediate resignation.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki brushed off the criticism, telling reporters on Wednesday, “I can’t speak to the former president’s experience with him or the former president’s views of him. But this president, this current president, who follows the Constitution, who’s not fomenting an insurrection, who follows the rule of law, has complete confidence in Chairman Milley.”

A spokesperson for Milley also released a statement addressing Woodward and Costa’s reporting, acknowledging his calls with Li and saying they were “in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability.”

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Mitch McConnell warns that Republicans won’t back down from vow to force Democrats to raise debt ceiling alone: ‘Do you guys think I’m bluffing?’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  • McConnell appears more determined than ever to resist efforts to raise the debt ceiling with Democrats.
  • “It’s hard being in the majority. [Democrats] are the ones who will raise the debt limit,” he told Punchbowl News.
  • It threatens to deepen a perilous showdown between Democrats and Republicans that could derail the economic recovery.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears more determined than ever to hold the Republican line from breaking on the debt ceiling.

In an interview with Punchbowl News, the Kentucky Republican fired a warning shot to Democrats as he dug in further on a view he’s publicly expressed since late July.

“It’s their obligation. They should step up. It’s hard being in the majority. They are the ones who will raise the debt limit,” he said, adding, “Do you guys think I’m bluffing?”

McConnell insisted that the US must never default on its debt payments and pointed back to his previous support of raising the ceiling to cover spending that Congressional Republicans and Democrats had struck deals on. He said that wasn’t the case this year as Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus law along party-lines. They’re also drafting another spending package aimed at shoring up the social safety net.

“So the only issue is, whose responsibility is it to do it? A Democratic president, a Democratic House, a Democratic Senate,” he told Punchbowl News.

McConnell’s warning threatens to amplify a perilous showdown between Republicans and Democrats on renewing the nation’s ability to pay off its bills, known as the debt ceiling. The Treasury Department is making emergency cash payments to keep federal operations running, buying lawmakers some extra time.

But if Congress fails to agree on renewing the debt ceiling on time, experts say that could rattle financial markets and derail the economic recovery since the US’s ability to make payments on its $28 trillion national debt would be halted.

Democrats are pressuring Republicans to raise the debt ceiling alongside them, as GOP lawmakers did three times under the Trump administration.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently ruled out including a debt ceiling increase into their social spending bill. That legislation is traveling through the reconciliation process which only requires a simple majority vote and permits Democrats to go around fierce GOP resistance to the legislation.

A recent memo from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service indicated President Donald Trump added $5.4 trillion onto the national debt since the debt ceiling was last suspended in July 2019 through the end of his administration in January 2021. The analysis has been circulating among Democratic lawmakers.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer cited the figures on Monday as he tore into Republican resistance on the issue. “Let me be clear: taking the debt hostage and playing games with the full faith and credit of the United States is reckless, irresponsible, and will harm every single American,” he said in a Senate floor speech. “It is a complete non-starter.”

The debt ceiling is the legal limit that the Treasury Department can borrow to maintain federal operations authorized by Congress. Raising the debt limit doesn’t green-light new federal spending, it only allows the US to pay off existing spending.

Democrats may add the debt ceiling provision onto an emergency spending bill the White House wants Congress to approve this month to finance relief efforts after Hurricane Ida and wildfires in the western US, in conjunction with funding to avert government shutdown at the end of September. That tactic could persuade some Republicans to support the legislation.

But 46 Senate Republicans signed a letter in August pledging to not go along with Democrats on raising the debt ceiling. It’s also unclear whether there would be enough Republican votes in the House.

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A top US general said ‘I agree with you on everything’ when Nancy Pelosi called Trump ‘crazy’ after the Capitol riot: book

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Gen. Mark Milley.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a top US general that Trump was “crazy.”
  • The general, Mark Milley, responded, “I agree with you on everything,” according to a new book.
  • Their reported conversation took place two days after the deadly Capitol riot.
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A top US general reportedly agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she said in January that then-President Donald Trump was crazy.

That’s according to “Peril,” by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward and Post reporter Robert Costa. The Post, which obtained an early copy of the book, published details from it on Tuesday.

The conversation in question took place on January 8, two days after Trump incited a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol in a failed effort to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 US election.

Woodward and Costa obtained a transcript of Pelosi’s January 8 phone call to US Gen. Mark Milley, in which she wanted to know “what precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or from accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”

Milley told Pelosi that there were “a lot of checks in the system” to prevent Trump from going rogue, the book said.

Pelosi then told Milley, “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy.”

“He’s crazy and what he did yesterday is further evidence of his craziness,” Pelosi said, referring to the deadly Capitol riot.

According to the book, Milley responded: “I agree with you on everything.”

Woodward and Costa reported that Milley’s conversation with Pelosi wasn’t the only time he expressed doubts about Trump’s actions and mental faculties. According to the book, Milley was so worried that Trump would spark a military confrontation with China near the end of his presidency that he called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, twice to assure him that the US would not strike.

Milley’s conversations with Li and Pelosi were evidence of his belief that Trump had suffered a mental decline after the November general election, the book said.

Indeed, Milley repeatedly slammed Trump’s lies about the election and once even compared him to Adolf Hitler, according to “I Alone Can Fix It,” by The Post’s Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

Milley accused Trump of spreading “the gospel of the Führer” by lying about the election results and compared his supporters to “Brownshirts in the streets,” the book said. A week after the Capitol riot, Milley said of the pro-Trump mob, “These guys are Nazis, they’re boogaloo boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II.”

The general also publicly spoke out in recent months against the Capitol riot and the underlying sentiments that motivated it.

“I want to understand white rage. And I’m white,” Milley said while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee in June.

“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America. What caused that?” Milley said. “I want to find that out.”

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Over 100 economists urge Democrats to include affordable childcare in their $3.5 trillion spending plan

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • 127 economists are urging Democrats to include affordable childcare in their $3.5 trillion social spending plan, per a letter Insider obtained.
  • They include prominent signatories like former Obama economists Jason Furman and Betsey Stevenson.
  • They argue including it would encourage more women to reenter the labor market and boost earnings.
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Betsey Stevenson used to be a top economic advisor to President Barack Obama, but she’s got a problem with how the economy treats parents: affordable childcare.

“What we have done is create a nation of kids who are underinvested in, and that feeds into not just what our potential is as an economy, but it also feeds into inequality,” Stevenson said. The “fundamental flaw” in childcare today, she added, is that children aren’t getting access to investments in early childhood education that they need due to the surging costs of childcare.

She’s not alone. On Tuesday, she was one of 127 economists who signed a letter obtained by Insider urging Congress to to deliver on the “long-overdue investments in affordable, quality childcare” to stimulate economic growth.

It comes as House Democrats recently unveiled their plan to invest $761 billion to make childcare more affordable in their social spending bill, and the letter says lawmakers should prioritize childcare spending in any major economic spending package that Democrats assemble and pass.

Other signatories were other former Obama economists, Jason Furman and Heidi Shierholz, as well as academics from top universities including Justin Wolfers, an economics professor at the University of Michigan. Furman is now a Harvard professor and Shierholz is now president of the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute.

High-quality early childcare costs as much as in-state college tuition in many states, Stevenson told Insider, and when parents choose to stay home to take care of their children and avoid these high costs, they end up being “punished for the rest of their lives in terms of lower earnings.”

“So the costs of dropping out of the labor force in order to care for your kids are very, very high for parents,” Stevenson said.

Working parents lose $57 billion per year in earnings due to the cost of childcare

Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee released its initial proposals to include in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, specifically $450 billion to make childcare more affordable and establish a universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, along with capping families’ spending on childcare at 7% of income.

“For decades, American families and in turn economic growth have been held back by the lack of modern care infrastructure, as working families have been forced to choose between work and caregiving, hampering female labor force participation and reducing productivity,” the economists wrote. “Congress must seize this opportunity to finally support families and unleash economic growth.”

The economists’ letter estimates the US has lost $57 billion per year in earnings due to the surge in childcare costs since the 1990s, which have disproportionately impacted women who are most often tasked with caregiving.

Erica Groshen, a senior economics advisor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, said in an interview that the Democratic plan on childcare would improve labor force participation, earnings, and productivity.

Some centrist Democrats are suggesting targeting new federal assistance to low-income Americans. Groshen said that could discourage low-income families from tapping into federal childcare subsidies due to onerous documentation requirements, and produce higher administrative costs for the federal government.

Most families wouldn’t spend more than 7% of their incomes on childcare, according to the House Democrats’ proposal. Stevenson told Insider the idea of a 7% cap “makes a lot of sense” because “people who earn more will pay more because they can afford to pay more, and people who earn less will pay less because they can afford to pay less.”

Wages would go up for childcare workers, the vast majority of whom are female and are more likely to live in poverty than their working peers, according to an analysis from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). Another analysis from the NWLC and Columbia University researchers found that affordable childcare can substantially boost lifetime earnings for women, with Black and Latina women benefiting the most.

“Childcare is an economic problem,” Stevenson said. “It is part of the infrastructure that supports society. Parents need to be able to know that their kids are going to be well cared for and well educated when they’re at work in order for parents to comfortably feel like they can go to work.”

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Senate Democrats weigh extending Biden’s monthly $300 checks to families to 2024 in $3.5 trillion social spending plan

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U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while giving remarks on the worsening crisis in Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House August 16, 2021.

  • Senate Democrats are weighing an extension of Biden’s child allowance to 2024 in their massive social spending plan.
  • But some low-income families may be excluded from receiving the full benefit after 2024 due to budgetary constraints.
  • A possible reduction in the plan’s size may further jeopardize its extension.
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Senate Democrats are weighing a three-year extension of President Joe Biden’s revamped child tax credit in the $3.5 trillion social spending plan, per a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the ongoing discussions. But it could be pared back due to the program’s cost and the prospect of Democratic moderates demanding cuts to the size of the package.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to share details of private negotiations and stressed it was in flux. The child tax credit would be extended until 2024, and the amount would drop back to $2,000 in a presidential election year. But families who owe little or no taxes would get the full size of the benefit permanently, otherwise known as “full refundability.”

To save $35 billion, Democrats in the upper chamber haven’t ruled out scrapping full refundability for the rest of the decade due to budgetary constraints, though top Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to preserve it.

“Nothing is locked in,” the person said. “The White House is pushing for it. We know Schumer is pushing for it. We definitely know Pelosi is pushing for it. But it’s a money game at this point.”

Congressional committees are in the midst of drafting their parts of the social spending bill. Democrats intend to muscle it through a process requiring only a simple majority known as reconciliation, and bypass what’s likely to be unanimous GOP opposition.

The Senate Finance Committee has been allocated $385 billion to extend the child tax credit, along with another pair of programs like the earned income tax credit and the child and dependent care tax credit, a person familiar told Insider. A three-year extension of the child tax credit alone comes out to $330 billion, per the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The child tax credit provides up to $300 monthly payments per child under 17. The Democratic stimulus law in March turned it into a cash benefit for most American families. Individuals earning $75,000 and below are eligible for the full amount, along with couples making $150,000 and under.

It maxes out for individuals at $200,000 and couples at $400,000.

Previously, the program offered low-income families only a portion of the federal aid because they didn’t have to file taxes. Now the vast majority of families can get the $3,000 or $3,600 annual benefit, depending on their child’s age.

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, an architect of the expansion, is still pushing to extend the child tax credit for as many people as possible. Early research indicates it has lifted three million children out of poverty and slashed hunger.

“The CTC is one of the best tools we have to show people government is on their side and deliver meaningful results that nearly all families with children can feel and see in their everyday lives,” a Brown spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. “Sen. Brown believes we need to keep full refundability and extend the expansion of the credit because this has been the most pro-family program in a generation and is already changing lives.”

Experts argue the credit’s refundability is a critical part of ensuring it delivers the largest benefits to low-income parents.

“It’s the most important piece in terms of reaching the families that need assistance raising their children the most and also in terms of racial equity,” Seth Hanlon, a tax expert at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, told Insider. He noted the previous version of the $2,000 tax credit excluded 27 million children – most of whom were Black and Latino – from receiving all the money.

Axios reported on Tuesday that Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia may support only a $1.5 trillion party-line package, That would be a significant step down from a $3.5 trillion budget now being debated, but all 50 Democratic senators must band together for the plan to clear the upper chamber.

Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, another centrist, say they will oppose a package that costs $3.5 trillion, triggering the ire of progressives.

The bulked-up child tax credit is a key Democratic priority, and Biden touted the measure on Wednesday. “Everybody talks about my child tax credit; it is a tax cut for ordinary folks,” he said at a labor union event at the White House. “That’s what it is.”

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Nancy Pelosi said protestors who plan to attend the September 18 rally at the Capitol are ‘coming back to praise the people who were out to kill’ during the January 6 riot

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pelosi spoke on a range of issues, including the debt ceiling and climate change.

  • Pelosi condemned those who plan to attend a Sept. 18 rally outside the Capitol.
  • The House Speaker accused them of trying to “praise the people who were out to kill” on January 6.
  • Authorities are taking security measures in advance, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed those who plan on attending the upcoming rally outside the Capitol, accusing them of “coming back to praise the people who were out to kill” during the January 6 riot.

Capitol Police are preparing security ahead of a right-wing protest in Washington, DC, on September 18, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN. Intelligence officials told the Associated Press members of far-right extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are expected to attend the rally.

The rally, dubbed “Justice for J6,” aims to support the events of January 6 and demand “justice” for suspected rioters criminally charged in the insurrection. Support for the September event also increased following the unveiling of the identity of Capitol Police officer who shot Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, CNN reported.

In remarks to reporters on Wednesday morning, Pelosi condemned those who intend on protesting outside the Capitol on September 18.

“And now these people are coming back to praise the people who were out to kill, out to kill members of Congress,” Pelosi said.

The House Speaker pledged to keep the integrity of the Capitol “intact” but did not go into specifics of security measures law enforcement will take to protect the building.

A Capitol Police spokesperson told Forbes the USCP is “working with our local, state, and federal partners” in preparation for September 18. The DC Metropolitan Police will have an “increased presence around the city where demonstrations will be taking place,” spokesperson Brianna Burch told Forbes.

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Republicans want telecom companies to preserve phone records of Kamala Harris, Pelosi, AOC, and other Democrats after January 6 committee requested theirs

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is asking social media and telecommunications companies to preserve phone or computer records for hundreds of people who were potentially involved with planning to “challenge, delay or interfere” with the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

  • The January 6 select committee announced two weeks ago it will seek electronic records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., claimed any company that hands over records to the committee will be “shut down.”
  • Several companies received letters from House Republicans asking to preserve Democrats’ records, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
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Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and several House Republicans sent letters on Tuesday to 14 telecommunications companies asking them to preserve the phone records and data of 16 Democrats so that “future Congresses can investigate alleged infractions,” Fox Business reported.

The letters were sent two weeks after the January 6 select committee announced it will seek electronic communication records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress, for its investigation into the Capitol riot.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene decried the move on the August 31 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” threatening any company that handed over records to the committee would be “shut down.”

Republican representatives echoed this sentiment in their subsequent letters, one of which was written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and tweeted by Rep. Paul Gosar: “The US Constitution and the US Supreme Court precedent prevents committees from obtaining these records and prohibits you from providing them. Simply put, neither the committee nor you have the legal authority to provide those records.”

Legal experts told The Washington Post that there isn’t a specific law stopping these companies from handing over information to the committee.

Several other companies also received letters, including Amazon, AOL, Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Inc., T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Signal, and Telegram.

If the companies decide to turn over records to the January 6 select committee, the letters asked that they also preserve the records of several Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, Fox Business reported.

Republican Reps. Jody Hice, Matt Gaetz, Scott Perry, Louie Gohmert, and Madison Cawthorn joined Biggs, Greene, and Gosar in signing the letter to Dorsey.

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Joe Manchin said Democrats should ‘hit the pause button’ on $3.5 trillion spending plan and demands cuts to the price tag

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Senator Joe Manchin seen at the US Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Joe Manchin came out in opposition to the price tag of the Democrats’ spending plan and wants cuts.
  • He also urged his party to “hit the pause button” on its passage.
  • The West Virginia Senator may force Democrats to slow down on approving swaths of Biden’s economic agenda.
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Sen. Joe Manchin said Democrats should “hit the pause button” on their $3.5 trillion social welfare bill and also urged cuts, potentially imperiling swaths of President Joe Biden’s economic plans.

“Let’s sit back. Let’s see what happens. We have so much on our plate. We really have an awful lot. I think that would be the prudent, wise thing to do,” he said at an event for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. Bloomberg first reported the remarks.

Then he came out in opposition to the package’s price tag in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday. “I have always said if I can’t explain it, I can’t vote for it, and I can’t explain why my Democratic colleagues are rushing to spend $3.5 trillion.”

The West Virginia Democrat’s position may force Democrats to move slower on the party-line bill and raised the prospect of sizable reductions to the plan, given the leverage he has as a pivotal vote. Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona both want to see a smaller package instead.

Every Senate Democrat must back the plan’s passage through a process known as reconciliation, which enables them to bypass Republicans and approve bills with only a simple majority.

Manchin told Insider in July he was alarmed about rising inflation. But some economists argue the party-line bill wouldn’t cause a surge in the price of goods. “The reconciliation package is going to be mostly paid for and it’s spread out over a decade,” Jason Furman, a former top economist to Barack Obama, told Insider last month. “It adds to the productive capacity of the economy so I’m not worried about it adding to inflation.”

Congress faces a collision of deadlines this month, including a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a new funding bill to keep the government’s doors open along with a looming debt ceiling showdown with Republicans.

House Democrats advanced the budget blueprint last week, paving the way for committees to start assembling a package that will include tuition-free community college, universal Pre-K, Medicare expansion and an extension of Biden’s child allowance among other initiatives. They’re eyeing tax hikes on wealthy Americans and large businesses to finance the plan.

Democrats intend to move the nascent social welfare bill in tandem with a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that cleared the Senate in July and approve them simultaneously. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly insisted she wouldn’t take up the infrastructure bill until the Senate clears a full party-line spending package.

But she faced a short-lived rebellion from ten moderate lawmakers who demanded the bipartisan bill’s quick approval, threatening to derail a large part of Biden’s domestic agenda. To secure their votes, Pelosi struck a deal to put it up Sept. 27 vote regardless of whether the partisan spending plan had passed the Senate.

As Manchin is pushing for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to be passed before the reconciliation bill, many progressives have said the opposite to ensure needed climate and care-economy measures are not left behind.

House Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal said in a statement after the House passage of the reconciliation bill that her position “remains unchanged” on the order the bills should be passed.

“As our members have made clear for three months, the two are integrally tied together, and we will only vote for the infrastructure bill after passing the reconciliation bill,” Jayapal said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also stressed the “horrendous” outcomes for the climate that would come with not quickly passing the reconciliation bill – a sentiment expressed since the bipartisan infrastructure plan was passed.

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Nancy Pelosi ‘probably has a more important job than me’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping apart Trump's state of the union speech and University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban  standing under confetti (right).
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban (right).

  • Top college football coach Nick Saban said age is not a problem for him.
  • In an interview with The New York Times, Saban compared himself to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • “I don’t think of age as an issue,” Saban said. “I mean, how old’s Nancy Pelosi?”
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With six national championships under his belt, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban gaveled in on the question of age during a recent New York Times interview.

“You’ve won more championships than anyone,” Times reporter Alan Blinder asked Saban in the interview published on Monday. “You’ll turn 70 on Halloween. You’ve got grandkids. But you just signed a contract extension. Why are you still doing this?”

Saban, a terse tactician who normally goes out of his way to remain apolitical, went in an unexpected direction.

“I enjoy what I do. I like the challenge. I’m not a sit around, do-nothing kind of guy. I like to be involved in things, I like challenges … And I don’t want to stay here beyond my years and ride the program down. So as long as I feel like I can make a contribution in a positive way, to continue to have a great program for the players and that that’s helping them be successful and we have an opportunity to be successful because of that, I don’t think of age as an issue,” Saban said. “I mean, how old’s Nancy Pelosi?”

“She’s older,” the reporter said of the 81-year-old Democratic house speaker.

“Yeah. Way older,” Saban replied. “Older than me, and probably has a more important job than me.”

Pelosi is in charge of ensuring bills pass the House with enough of her members in line to make a floor vote a guarantee, and she also plays a role in recruiting new candidates.

Saban also dedicates time to recruitment, but that’s about where the overlap ends.

At $9.3 million per year, Saban is the highest-paid public employee in Alabama, while Pelosi earns $223,500 annually as third-in-line to the US presidency.

“Anyway,” Saban continued, “as long as I feel like I can make a positive contribution in a positive way and do good things for the people in this organization, mainly the players, I enjoy doing this.”

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The Supreme Court struck down Biden’s eviction ban, but these 7 states and DC are stepping up to protect renters

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Biden’s latest eviction ban was just struck down by the Supreme Court.

  • The Supreme Court struck down Biden’s eviction moratorium on Thursday.
  • That leaves a handful of states, such as New York and California, with eviction bans in place.
  • At least 7.4 million people are at risk of eviction in the next few months, per Census Data.
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The Supreme Court dealt the Biden administration a fresh blow on Thursday evening when it struck down a nationwide eviction moratorium, imperiling millions of renters struggling to catch up on their monthly payments. It leaves just a handful of eviction bans in place at the state level.

In a 6-3 ruling, the high court said in an unsigned opinion that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority by imposing a fresh moratorium tailored to areas struggling with high caseloads from the Delta variant. The court’s conservative justices said it was up to Congress to renew the moratorium, with three liberal justices in dissent.

Now, around 7.4 million people are at risk of eviction, which makes up about 16% of all renters in the US, per data from the Census Bureau.

The Biden administration issued the eviction ban on August 3 after progressives led by Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri stepped up pressure on the White House and demanded it. The moratorium was intended to last until October 3, with President Joe Biden saying the main goal was to allow time for the distribution of $46 billion in emergency rental relief aid from his stimulus package.

Data from the Treasury Department shows only around 11% of that federal money has reached renters. States and municipalities are grappling with low staffing, onerous documentation requirements, and stubborn landlords who refuse to accept the aid among other bureaucratic hurdles.

According to legal information resource site Nolo, seven states and DC still have some eviction bans of their own still in effect, which aren’t affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling. You can scroll over each state to see more details about the ban:

Those states have different approaches to their moratoria. New York has a full eviction ban in place for only four more days, set to expire on August 31. Neighboring New Jersey’s ban is more open-ended, intended to last through two months after the end of the emergency.

The District of Columbia has a plan to gradually phase out their ban, allowing progressively more legal action by landlords over the next several months.

Studies increasingly indicate that states with eviction bans have lower COVID-19 caseloads compared to those that don’t. “There’s plenty of research that shows eviction moratoria prevents case growth in states where an eviction moratorium was in place versus states where moratoriums were limited,” Paul Williams, a housing expert at the Jain Family Institute, told Insider.

Democrats who favor an extension of the federal moratorium appear to have their hands tied because they don’t have enough votes to pass a renewal in either the House or Senate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Democrats “will continue our work to ensure that families suffering hardship during the pandemic can have the safety of home” and attempt to speed up the delivery of rental relief.

But that may not come fast enough for millions of unemployed people who are on the verge of losing all their income from federal jobless aid after Labor Day. Democrats also don’t have enough support for a renewal.

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