Numerous Republican-led states are preparing to challenge the legality of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private companies. President Biden last month directed the Labor Department to write rules requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to vaccinate their workers or have them undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Biden is also requiring all health facilities… Read more »

Senate Democrats this week released their final nine annual government funding bills, including a proposal to boost funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to $13.6 billion, a $1.6 billion increase over current funding levels. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the increase would allow the IRS to address the tax gap, upgrade… Read more »

President Biden reiterated to House Democrats this week that he wants to secure a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and have a “public agreement” on the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package before he travels to Europe on Oct. 30. Sources told Punchbowl News that Biden wants the topline for the reconciliation package to be… Read more »

Senate Republicans yesterday filibustered Democrats’ attempt to move forward with the Freedom to Vote Act, a more narrowly focused voting rights bill that had the backing of every Senate Democrat. “We’re not deterred, but there’s still a lot of work to do and I think it’s really a sad day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said… Read more »