Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
October 5, 2021

As the debt ceiling standoff continues, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) set up a vote on Wednesday to increase the federal government’s borrowing ceiling, but didn’t lay out how Democrats planned to pass a bill without Republican votes.  Leader Schumer warned earlier Monday that lawmakers must act by the end of the week… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
October 4, 2021

House progressives refused to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday, which the Senate approved in August, because there was no deal on the Democrats’ larger reconciliation package.  After progressives and moderates failed to break their stalemate over the two pieces of legislation last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Sunday… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
October 1, 2021

The House remained in session overnight, after House Democratic Leadership postponed the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill because of a progressive blockade after days of increasingly bitter feuding among liberal and moderate factions in the party.  Members were sent home and told there would be no further votes until Friday morning which served to… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2021

Democrats face a consequential Thursday on Capitol Hill as they scramble to avert a government shutdown at midnight and salvage two crucial pieces of President Biden’s domestic agenda imperiled by deep internal divisions. The Senate just passed the continuing resolution 65 to 35 on the eve of the new fiscal year, to extend government funding… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 27, 2021

This week will be a consequential week, as the House and Senate work to address both infrastructure bills, funding to keep the government open, and the looming debt ceiling.  The House will now vote Thursday on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing back an originally planned vote for today that Democratic moderates had demanded as… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 24, 2021

House Democrats are hoping to vote next week on both pieces of President Joe Biden’s far-reaching domestic agenda: a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a much larger social benefits package, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) announced Friday.  In a Dear Colleague to Democrats distributed today, the Speaker stopped short of guaranteeing both votes next week but laid… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 23, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced this morning  that the Senate, House and White House have reached a deal on a framework to pay for the massive $3.5 trillion infrastructure spending package they hope to pass this fall under budget reconciliation.  The deal does not include a top-line revenue number or a top-line… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 22, 2021

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would prevent a government shutdown, funding the government until December 3rd and which will suspend the debt limit ahead of looming deadlines with only days to spare.  The bill passed on a party-line vote of 220-211, but the measure is set to run into Republican opposition in the… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
September 21, 2021

House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a measure that would fund the federal government into December while holding off a potential default on U.S. debt through next year, setting up a last-minute clash with Republicans ahead of two key fiscal deadlines on Capitol Hill.  Democrats’ plans immediately encountered fierce resistance from Senate Minority Leader… Read More