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September 22, 2021

Democrats to cut $1B for Israel defense to avoid shutdown

House Democrats will remove a provision to bolster Israel’s Iron Home air defense system to avoid a federal government shutdown through Dec. 3.

Congress must act within a few days to avert a shutdown when current funding expires at the end of the month.

Not all Democrats were on board with the decision.

“The Iron Dome protects innocent civilians in Israel from terrorist attacks and some of my colleagues have now blocked funding it,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) tweeted. “We must stand by our historic ally — the only democracy in the Middle East.”

The kerfuffle comes as moderate and progressive Democrats are at odds over President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package.

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Democrats to nix $1B for Israel’s Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown

September 14, 2021

AOC lays into Manchin after he refers to her as ‘young lady’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took exception to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) after he referred to her as “young lady” while addressing criticism from the congresswoman.

“In Washington, I usually know my questions of power are getting somewhere when the powerful stop referring to me as ‘Congresswoman’ and start referring to me as ‘young lady’ instead,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as ‘young lady’ they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender?” she continued. “They’d be pretty upset if one responded with ‘the old man,’ right? Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!”

Manchin remarked about Ocasio-Cortez during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” denying her recent accusations that he meets “weekly” with Exxon Mobil personnel.

“I don’t know that young lady that well. I really don’t. I have met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it. So we have not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to,” Manchin said.

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Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Manchin after he refers to her as ‘young lady’

September 9, 2021

Treasury Secretary raises alarm over nation’s debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is raising the alarm over the nation’s borrowing limit that could set off a worldwide economic crisis if Congress fails to take action.

Yellen warned congressional leaders on Wednesday that the US could potentially default on its debt in October. There is now reportedly a scramble to determine how to raise the debt ceiling in time.

“The time for Congress to act is now to make sure the U.S. does not come close to defaulting on some of its obligations,” said Rachel Snyderman, associate director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank that monitors the debt limit. “But what’s concerning right now is that there are so many important priorities at play.”

Republicans vowed to withhold votes for the debt ceiling, though they helped suspend it under former President Donald Trump.

“Democrats control Washington now. They can raise the debt limit on their own,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Wednesday.

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Yellen triggers alarm bells over debt ceiling cliff 

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