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Warren: Canceling $50K in student debt could ‘transform an entire generation’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is reigniting her push for canceling $50,000 in student debt per borrower, arguing the move could “transform an entire generation.””It would help nearly everyone w…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/564388-warren-cancelling-50000-in-student-debt-could-transform-an-entire-generation
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Schumer now backing Sanders plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday threw his support behind a push, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare.”There is a gaping…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/559356-schumer-now-backing-sanders-plan-to-add-dental-vision-and-hearing-coverage-to
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Senate Democrats weigh $6T infrastructure bill, without GOP

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Senate Democrats are weighing spending as much as $6 trillion on their own infrastructure package if the chamber’s bipartisan talks fail, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has repeatedly insisted that infrastructure talks are currently on two tracks: The first track is bipartisan, while the second track will include priorities that have no chance of getting GOP support. He huddled on Wednesday afternoon with Democratic members of the Budget Committee to discuss strategy, with no firm decision reached.

Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been pushing for an aggressive approach to the infrastructure talks and is angling to insert a large expansion of Medicare into Democrats’ plan. Earlier this week, Sanders said he opposed the emerging bipartisan agreement.

“The bipartisan talks could impact us, but we’re going to keep going,” Sanders said Wednesday.

According to a tentative plan, half of the proposed Democrats-only alternative would be paid for. About $2.5 trillion would go through the Finance Committee, $185 billion through the Energy Committee and almost $500 billion through the Environment and Public Works Committee, one source said, while emphasizing that the discussions are fluid.

A spokesperson for the Budget committee declined to comment.

Moderate Democrats will meet with Schumer midday to discuss their bipartisan proposal, the budget and reconciliation, according to two sources familiar with the matter. They have signaled they are unlikely to go along with a package running into the multi-trillion-dollar range, but talks about a compromise are just beginning in earnest.

The details of the bigger plan come as a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), released details this week of an infrastructure plan that costs about $973 billion over five years or $1.2 trillion over eight. The plan would include $579 billion in new spending, and pay-fors include repurposing unused Covid relief funds, imposing a surcharge on electric vehicles, and expanding use of state and local funds for coronavirus relief.

Schumer may need to make sure he has unified support for a massive Democratic-only package before he can cut a deal on a separate, bipartisan bill.

The White House has balked at indexing the gas tax, the EV charges and raiding Covid funds. But a White House official said that Senate Democrats offered a more detailed, updated briefing to them on Wednesday.

“We continue to be encouraged by what our team was briefed on,” the official said.

So far, a bipartisan group of 21 senators have signed on and the plan’s details remain in flux. And Democrats’ separate considerations of an infrastructure bill as big as $6 trillion — more than President Joe Biden’s initial $4 trillion-plus plan — don’t necessarily suggest they’re preparing for those talks to run aground. The bigger framework includes provisions that could be added to a separate infrastructure bill passed along party lines even if the bipartisan talks pay off.

The White House met with a group of Democratic negotiators on Wednesday. But it’s not clear what the next steps are just yet. Moderate Democrats will meet with Schumer midday to discuss their bipartisan proposal, the budget and reconciliation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pushing for a bipartisan agreement and is not entirely committed to a second reconciliation package with only Democratic priorities, which is a key demand by progressives whose votes will be needed for any bipartisan deal. Liberal lawmakers for weeks have been pushing for the White House to go it alone.

Schumer has insisted that the Senate will take up infrastructure in July. He also wants the Senate to consider a budget resolution that would unlock the ability to pass a party-line bill and evade a filibuster.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/17/senate-democrats-infrastructure-reconciliation-494977
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Warren: Trump is ‘a danger to democracy’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a critic of Facebook and other tech giants, on Thursday called Donald Trump “a danger to democracy” and applauded a decision by Facebook’s Oversight Board to uphold the company’s ban on th…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/552120-warren-trump-is-a-danger-to-democracy
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AOC tutors Dems on mastering social media

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who captivated millions this week with an Instagram Live monologue about her Capitol siege experience, shared her social media savvy Wednesday during a master class with her fellow Democrats.

Why it matters: One of the party’s best digital practitioners is trying to help the Congressional Progressive Caucus, in particular, become stronger, more sophisticated and prolific so it can better shape policy in the 117th Congress.


  • Progressives are feeling emboldened, and admit that the Democrats’ control of the House, Senate and White House gives them fresh bandwidth to blast out their message.
  • Ocasio-Cortez specifically urged focusing individually on key elements of the COVID relief bill, because “it’s too much to message in one week.”

Driving the news: The New Yorker spoke virtually during a Zoom call with more than 140 people, including CPC members and staff. She said President Biden’s inauguration was a turning point for the type of messaging Americans want to see from Democrats.

  • “We are now in the era of receipts. People now want to see the actual clips of legislation. They want to hear less about our stances.”
  • Axios was able to independently monitor and take notes on the meeting.

Inside the virtual room: Ocasio-Cortez acted as a creative director, of sorts, for Democratic colleagues who, by and large, are unfamiliar with how to project authenticity on social media.

  • She pitched a video series that Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) could launch to better share her personality with constituents, and talked about how the streaming platform Twitch can be used to mimic a more engaging town hall.
  • “We’re just mere mortals and we rely on our staff to do all this,” Frankel told her.
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) asked what type of content Ocasio-Cortez decides to put out on her official congressional Twitter account versus her personal Twitter account.

The big picture: Democrats aren’t just trying to figure out their best message as a party; they’re desperate for strong messengers who can reach more voters by meeting them where they are — online.

  • The Zoom meeting signals a shift within the party.
  • Progressives who are natives on social media have been criticized by colleagues with the familiar refrain that “Twitter isn’t real life.”
  • Now, they’re in the driver’s seat, teaching their colleagues how to lean into their personalities to push progressive policies like the Green New Deal.

What they’re saying: Rapid response is Democrats’ biggest opportunity to improve and compete with Republicans, AOC said.

  • Republicans “want to bully you out of using your strongest resource. That’s what they do with our party and that’s what they do with our policy as well,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “They try to get us to back down before the fight.”

Source: https://www.axios.com/aoc-instagram-social-media-b1caf529-601a-4820-97ab-5be73bc50185.html
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AOC will return to Twitch tonight for another round of ‘Among Us’

0d662c30-30d1-11eb-beed-29fac28e49e0Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is set to make her return to Twitch tonight for another round of Among Us. She’ll join forces with MP Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, for her second live stream on the platform. Canadian Mem…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/aoc-twitch-among-us-jagmeet-singh-171253442.html
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