Schumer Vows to Bring Spending Plan Back to Senate

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, vowed on Monday to press forward with votes on a revised version of President Biden’s $2.2 trillion marquee climate, tax and spending plan, less than a day after a Democratic holdout in the Senate announced he could not support the legislation as written.

Mr. Schumer’s announcement came after the senator, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, announced in a televised Sunday interview that he would not support the expansive domestic policy plan after months of laborious one-on-one negotiations with the president, dooming the plan in its current form.

But Mr. Schumer’s pledge to move forward with a revised package, known as the Build Back Better Act, underscored how Democrats were unwilling to abandon their top piece of domestic policy legislation, despite Mr. Manchin’s warning on Sunday that “I can’t get there. This is a no.”

The promise was yet another unusually personal statement toward Mr. Manchin, whose intransigence has thwarted several Democratic ambitions this year, as Mr. Schumer acknowledged “moments of deep discontent and frustration” that Mr. Manchin and Mr. Biden had not yet bridged their differences over the package to fulfill a Christmas deadline Mr. Schumer tried to impose.

“Neither that delay, nor other recent pronouncements, will deter us from continuing to try to find a way forward,” Mr. Schumer wrote. “We simply cannot give up.”

Votes on the plan would come in early 2022, Mr. Schumer pointedly noted in a letter to his colleagues, “so that every member of this body has the opportunity to make their position known on the Senate floor, not just on television.”

Mr. Schumer also announced another planned attempt to pass a voting rights overhaul, an effort that fizzled just before senators on Saturday left Washington for the remainder of the year.

He warned that if Republicans again filibuster the legislation, the chamber would consider a rules change to begin debate on the plan. At least two Democratic senators, Mr. Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have remained opposed to chipping away at the 60-vote threshold typically needed to advance legislation. Democrats would need their support to change the rule.

White House Says It Does Not Keep Visitor Logs at Biden’s Delaware Home

WASHINGTON — White House officials said on Monday that there are no visitor logs that keep track of who comes and goes from President Biden’s personal residence in Wilmington, Del., where six classified documents were discovered in recent days. A top House Republican demanded on Sunday that the White House turn over visitor logs for […]

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A Florida School Received a Threat. Did a Red Flag Law Prevent a Shooting?

The requests were granted. But the results of the search were not what the detective expected. Memories of Parkland Nationally, more than 20,000 petitions for extreme risk protection orders were filed from 1999 to 2021, according to data collected by Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group. A vast majority of those petitions — more […]

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A Colossal Off-Year Election in Wisconsin

Lauren Justice for The New York Times Conservatives have controlled the court since 2008. Though the court upheld Wisconsin’s 2020 election results, last year it ruled drop boxes illegal, allowed a purge of the voter rolls to take place and installed redistricting maps drawn by Republican legislators despite the objections of Gov. Tony Evers, a […]

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