By: Juliana Kaplan; Business Insider The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — the government’s official budget scorekeeper — has said that the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would have a sizeable impact on the budget. That means it may be able to clear the hurdle of the Byrd Rule and be passed through reconciliation. The letter came in response to Sen.
By: Paul Heintz, VT Digger Vermont’s delegates to the U.S. Senate on Saturday voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting a mob of supporters to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to subvert the certification of the 2020 election. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joined 55 other senators, including seven
By: Seamus McAvoy; VT Digger Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ripped into Major League Baseball late Friday over the decision to eliminate the Vermont Lake Monsters as part of a reorganization of the minor leagues. The new structure, built on a 120-team regional scheme, would drop 40 teams, including the Burlington-based franchise. “Major League Baseball’s announcement to eliminate the Vermont Lake Monsters and
By: Luke Savage, Jacobin In late spring of 2019, the Trump White House issued a fear-mongering statement about the “sustained influx of illegal aliens” on America’s Southern border. Its contents, needless to say, were xenophobic nonsense from start to finish. Noteworthy, however, was the way it invoked the language of emergency to justify the cruel and brutal measures the administration was hell-bent
By: Devan Cole and Alison Main; CNN Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said a “room full of lawyers” is working to make the case that raising the minimum wage to $15 squares with Senate rules that threaten its inclusion in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package. The comments come as Biden has cast doubt on the possibility of the wage increase being in
By: Jacob Pramuk; CNBC Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he opposes cutting the income threshold for receiving $1,400 direct payments in the next coronavirus relief bill, underscoring a split Democrats will need to resolve before they can pass the $1.9 trillion package. The Democrats’ most conservative member — Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — has raised concerns that stimulus checks as currently