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Senate passes bill to avoid shutdown, sending proposal to House


Manchin confirms he wants $1.5tn reconciliation package, angering progressives

Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar spoke about her current frustrations with the stalled reconciliation package, a major tax and spending bill that has faced criticism from moderate Democrats.

“What do they want to cut? Childcare for families that desperately need it? Do they want to not address the climate crisis for a future generation? Do they not want homecare programs for our seniors and the disabled? These are the conversations we’re waiting to have,” Omar said in an interview with MSNBC.

Omar is one of the progressives threatening to oppose the infrastructure bill, which is still theoretically scheduled for a House vote today, unless the reconciliation package is approved simultaneously.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California stumbled through an answer on Thursday when asked if he had changed his views on same-sex marriage.

After Liz Cheney from Wyoming admitted in a recent interview with 60 minutes that she was “wrong” to oppose equal marriage, a reporter asked McCarthy if his views had similarly changed.

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After GOP Rep. Liz Cheney told @60Minutes she was “wrong” to oppose same-sex marriage, reporter asks Kevin McCarthy if his views have changed.

McCarthy: “Look — same-sex marriage is the law of the land, and it’s what America holds, and that’s the law of the land.”

September 30, 2021

“Look — same-sex marriage is the law of the land, and it’s what America holds, and that’s the law of the land,” McCarthy said, seemingly not confirming what his own views were on the issue of marriage equality.

McCarthy previously aided in defeating a 2016 amendment aimed at upholding an executive order that banned discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.


Cori Bush shares story of rape and abortion at House hearing: ‘I am not ashamed’

Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush has shared the story behind her abortion for the first time, revealing that she had the procedure after being raped at the age of 17.

“When I was 17, I was raped, became pregnant, and got an abortion,” Bush tweeted on Wednesday. “And I am not ashamed.”

Joining representatives Barbara Lee of California and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Bush and others shared details related to their personal abortions during a House Oversight Committee about reproductive rights on Thursday and in an exclusive interview with MSNBC.


Rep. Cori Bush: “My abortion happened on a Saturday…Choosing to have an abortion was the hardest decision I had ever made. But at 18 years old, I knew it was the right decision for me…in the summer of 1994 I was raped, I became pregnant and I chose to have an abortion.”

September 30, 2021

“Today I sit before you as that nurse, as that pastor, as that activist, that survivor, that single mom, that congresswoman — that in the summer of 1994 I was raped, I became pregnant, and I chose to have an abortion,” said Bush during the oversight committee meeting.

While Bush has spoken about her abortion publicly before, discussing her abortion for the first time at a small rally in St. Louis earlier this month, and the sexual assault she experienced, this is the first time she has disclosed the whole story, speaking with Vanity Fair before re-telling her story before committee members.

“To all the Black women and girls who have had abortions and will have abortions, we have nothing to be ashamed of. We live in a society that has failed to legislate love and justice for us,” said Bush during the committee proceedings.

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Manchin proposed $1.5tn reconciliation package this summer – report



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