Month: August 2021

A Time for “Bold Action and Bipartisan Resolve”

In the words of former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair, a No Labels Legal Board Member, last week was an “awful one for America, but most especially for the families of the 13 troops who were killed defending innocent Afghans outside Kabul’s airport. Our hearts ache for them.” Blair continued, “As this Afghanistan …

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“We Worked It Out, and It Was a Huge Win for the Country”

The bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate earlier this summer with 69 votes in favor will get a standalone vote in the House by September 27. That’s a win for the Unbreakable Nine and for supporters of two-party solutions. The House leadership wanted to bind the popular infrastructure bill to the Democratic-only social spending …

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The Unbreakable Nine “Pulled Off What Just Days Ago Seemed Unimaginable”

In recent weeks, the Unbreakable Nine House Democrats took a principled stand for a simple idea: The House should move immediately to pass the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill endorsed by President Biden, 69 senators including Minority Leader McConnell, and three-quarters of the American public. They took on the Democratic leadership, who insisted on tying the …

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Still Unbreakable

The Unbreakable Nine continue to live up to their name. Speaker Pelosi had expected to advance both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the one-party $3.5 trillion social spending and climate plan in a Monday evening vote. But the nine Democrats demanding a standalone vote on infrastructure first did not give in. House Democrats will gather …

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House Leaders and Unbreakable Nine in “True Staredown”

The Unbreakable Nine are holding the line. The House returns to Washington today in the midst of what Punchbowl calls “a true staredown,” saying that as of this morning, Speaker Pelosi does not have the votes to advance the $3.5 trillion social spending and climate resolution. “Key members of the moderate crew” told Punchbowl late …

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Five Facts on Broadband in America

The bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill awaiting consideration in the House includes $65 billion for broadband, including grants to states for physical infrastructure like towers and cables, discounts for home Internet for disadvantaged families, and WiFi hotspots in schools. Here are five facts about the state of broadband in America. More than 30 million Americans lack …

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The Unbreakable Nine “Are Holding Firm”

They truly are unbreakable. Roll Call reports this morning that “all nine House Democrats who told Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week that they won’t vote for the budget unless the House sends the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill to President Joe Biden’s desk first are holding firm to that position.” And “a source familiar with moderates’ …

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Senate Allies Come To the Aid of the Unbreakable Nine

The Unbreakable Nine are getting a bicameral boost. Axios reports that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), “the two moderates who’ve stirred the biggest frustrations and held the most sway in their party over the infrastructure negotiations, are helping allies in the House to stake out — and defend — their centrist position,” …

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