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Dobre

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To be clear & fair, we definitely don't have good infrastructure for winter storms west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest either. (The last update I read said that power had been restored to somewhat more than half of the homes that lost it).

Climate-related weather events aren't "predictable." I believe this weather is like a once-in-forty-years event in Texas?

We've had deeper, longer-lasting snow in my part of the Pacific Northwest three out of the last 6 years than all the years since I was a little kid. And we have the infrastructure for it. West of the mountains, they aren't used to snow. They don't have the snowplows for it. They recommend against purchasing snow tires to preserve the roads. When it does snow in the Valley or Seattle, they usually just get an inch or so, close up shop, and then go back to work a day later. But when they do get a serious snow event--which has happened now 3 out of the past 6 years--they don't get powder. They get wet heavy snow & ice that takes down trees. I don't know how you avoid power outages when you have trees lying on the lines. I think the best you can do is staff road crews.

Anyway, I am glad the people in Texas have federal support and don't have to worry that someone will hold back emergency relief. As it is, no one usually has to worry about a giant health crises endangering folks in shelters. So states--in general--are facing an extraordinary challenge here. Not a predictable one.
 

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I think it's okay that they got it. But since the government of Texas is made up of and voted in by people who oppose "socialism", how about they consider it a loan and pay it back (with interest, of course, because this is capitalism)? :saint:
I agree. How would they go if the seceded from the US?
 

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If the parliamentarian finds that the minimum wage violates the Byrd Rule, Manchin will not support the relief bill if Democrats try to circumvent the rule. https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/politics/joe-manchin-minimum-wage/index.html

I didn't even know what the Byrd Rule was until I read this article.

Sounds like Bernie is trying to throw a Hail Mary by coming up with arguments to avoid the rule. I would like to see a higher MW, but this one isn't on Manchin, but on the folks trying to come up with workarounds. I don't see anything in the article that shows that Republicans were able to come up with workarounds either :confused:
 

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Sounds like Bernie is trying to throw a Hail Mary by coming up with arguments to avoid the rule.
A couple of weeks ago, they said on MSNBC (I think) that the President of the Senate can overrule the parliamentarian but that it's never been done, so I don't think it's right to describe it as looking to find a way to work around the rules. Rather, I'd say they're looking for ways to make it conform with the rules so that the parliamentarian rules in their favor.
 

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A couple of weeks ago, they said on MSNBC (I think) that the President of the Senate can overrule the parliamentarian but that it's never been done, so I don't think it's right to describe it as looking to find a way to work around the rules. Rather, I'd say they're looking for ways to make it conform with the rules so that the parliamentarian rules in their favor.
I was not aware of this particular role of the Parliamentarian until someone mentioned it last week. What is their role in the budget?
 

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I was not aware of this particular role of the Parliamentarian until someone mentioned it last week. What is their role in the budget?
I think it has to do with the reconciliation rules that allow the Dems to pass certain legislation in a simple majority with no risk of a filibuster.
 

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I think it has to do with the reconciliation rules that allow the Dems to pass certain legislation in a simple majority with no risk of a filibuster.
Eys. Under Senate rules, reconciliation can only be used for budget matters. The parliamentarian determines in the first instance whether the bill is within the ambit of the rule but can be overruled by a vote of the Senate as a whole.
 

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Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction​

Under a Biden administration, the nominations are expected to go from the Pentagon to the White House within weeks and then to the Senate for approval.
 

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Some former Trump administration officials disputed the notion that the nominations were delayed because of any White House animus toward female candidates. The Senate was unlikely to have time to consider any year-end nominations, the officials said, so the Pentagon decided to submit their names after the new Congress took office in January.
The Senate could have taken time off from confirming judges. :shuffle:
 

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I read Biden sent immigration reform to congress today. But the big question is if people who don’t follow any rules are rewarded with citizenship why would anyone ever follow the rules? This is what happened after 1986. I guess the argument would be 35 years for another amnesty! So follow the rules or wait 35 years to become legal. The bill also ignores the tens of thousands of dreamers who have entered the US since January 1 2021. So the bill to legalize them will have to be soon

Is 4 billion enough to make Central America a better or equal place to live than the US for suffering people?! Maybe 4 trillion!!!!!

 
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Biden admin will spend $1.6B to expand *********-19 testing and sequencing

Health officials told reporters that $650 million will be used to increase access to testing in non-medical settings, such as K-8 schools.


"The White House announced Wednesday a multipronged effort to bolster the United States’ ability to test for *********-19 in schools and homeless shelters, increase domestic manufacturing of testing supplies such as pipette tips, and boost genomic sequencing efforts needed to understand the spread of ***** variants.

Biden testing coordinator Carole Johnson described the $1.6 billion for testing as a “pilot” that will serve as a bridge until Congress passes its massive $1.9 trillion *********-19 relief bill."
 

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I don't understand why the Biden Administration is pushing for an immigration bill before a voting rights bill (i.e., acting on HR1). Both are important, of course, but I'm far more concerned with voting rights reform right now. Has anyone read/heard anything about where voting rights are in terms of the administration's agenda?? I was hoping they would be the first thing addressed after the current ********* relief bill.
 

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I don't understand why the Biden Administration is pushing for an immigration bill before a voting rights bill (i.e., acting on HR1). Both are important, of course, but I'm far more concerned with voting rights reform right now. Has anyone read/heard anything about where voting rights are in terms of the administration's agenda?? I was hoping they would be the first thing addressed after the current ********* relief bill.
I'm guessing there is little involvment because the bill is already there and the House just needs to pass it again. Problem is, they most certainly know that it won't pass in the Senate and as far as I heard/read, the remaining reconciliation will be used on infrastructure (I'm not sure votings right can be passed with reconciliation anyway and so far, Manchin does not seem willing to abolish the filibuster).
I think immigration reform has a better chance of passing the Senate.
 

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I don't understand why the Biden Administration is pushing for an immigration bill before a voting rights bill (i.e., acting on HR1).
Living up to a promise and trying to deliver for people whose health, families, and futures have been placed in danger? This may not impact everyone at the moment, but it has been impacting many people directly for years.
Has anyone read/heard anything about where voting rights are in terms of the administration's agenda??
One of my senators posts regularly about needing to pass the For the People Act, which I take it is a serious effort to tackle fair voting rights? He says they will have to eliminate the filibuster. And I take it, at the moment, Democrats don't have 100% buy in on eliminating the filibuster. Today he is also advocating for the Equality Act:

Strategy talks in high gear to get Equality Act across the finish line
 

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Another question I have about US politics - why are certain bills that are being proposed dependent on the filibuster being eliminated (I hope I have worded that question correctly)?
 

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Another question I have about US politics - why are certain bills that are being proposed dependent on the filibuster being eliminated (I hope I have worded that question correctly)?
I don't understand it fully either but from what I do understand it has to do with the budget. If something is related to the budget it can pass through reconciliation, if the budget is not involved then reconciliation cannot be used and they would need 60 votes or get rid of the filibuster. Immigration and voting rights would not fall under budget issues. Please someone correct me if I am wrong.
 

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Another question I have about US politics - why are certain bills that are being proposed dependent on the filibuster being eliminated (I hope I have worded that question correctly)?
Most legislation needs to be passed by both Houses of Congress, and under Senate rules, it takes a three-fifths vote to stop a filibuster. Under Senate rules, however, a budget-related bill, is not subject to a filibuster.
 

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Fact Sheet: Biden Administration to Take Steps to Bolster Registered Apprenticeships​

 

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