.@PressSec on whether a corporate tax hike is negotiable in an infrastructure bill in light of GOP opposition: "It's all open to negotiation." But she says Biden sees an increase to 28% as an "entirely reasonable, appropriate, effective way to pay for this package."
This @JohnCornyn tweet was a copy-and-paste from the Politico article in his thread. It's being mistaken for an original piece of writing by the senator (perhaps because he didn't put quotes around it). But FYI. https://t.co/eHM7s9uMoz
Asked about this tweet, @PressSec says: "I can confirm that the President of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories. He spends his time working on behalf of the American people." https://t.co/0FSHe8bCd8
Could implementation lead to noncitizens getting registered? Some immigration lawyers say yes. "With the HR1 automatic voter registration system, the risk is there's a strong possibility that there will be unintentional violation of that immigration law." https://t.co/qs2y5VFm8d
Spanberger on her district's response to Covid $$ bill: "Generally positive," some "wow" moments, "a little bit of disappointment" about party-line vote. "But we're not getting much feedback in terms of 'I hate that, or you guys shouldn't have done this.'" https://t.co/E9g3oNlICI
Part of the disconnect is years of people claiming (and/or accepting at face value) that what motivates conservative voters is the debt and size of government. Hasn't been true for a long time (apart from a small group of elites) and Trump made it clear. But it's slow to seep in.
Biden is a good representation of what Democratic voters want and Trump was (still is?) a good representation of what Republican voters want. For some reason people have an easier time accepting the former than the latter. https://t.co/YgPS3NgD8Q
A fascinating political data point I never hear anybody discuss: Biden's approval among Democrats in Gallup's polling has been, so far, as high or higher as GOP support for Trump ever was. https://t.co/88N2ebSAKr
NEW: House Dems are on a messaging blitz to promote Biden's aid package - a bill so popular that Dems hope it'll help hold the House next fall.
But the sales pitch is more complicated than a classic victory lap, as I saw in 3 swing districts across PA.
"The far ends of each caucus will have a decision to make — swallow and pass big but imperfect bills or take bills down and damage the party across the board" - Matt House, Dem consultant & former aide to Sen Majority Leader Schumer. @sahilkapur's latest: https://t.co/jxmwSS3S2s
Flipside: HR1 supporters, including the Brennan Center, emphasize that the bill requires affirmation of citizenship before voter registration occurs. They note that over a dozen states have adopted "front end" AVR and aren't aware of any such errors.
Another fear that some progressive strategists and election wonks have conveyed to Democrats: If rules aren't air-tight and the law leads to ineligible people being added to the rolls, the political blowback would be immense and damage party's credibility. https://t.co/qs2y5VFm8d
One HR1 fear: US law is strict. If a visa or green card holder checks the wrong box or misunderstands a DMV clerk's question, and gets registered to vote, they can be deported or barred from citizenship. A lawyer calls false affirmation a "kiss of death." https://t.co/qs2y5VFm8d
At issue is how automatic voter registration should be structured. Dems and progressives agree AVR is good—but HR1 drafters want a “front end” system that requires an opt out; others favor a “back end” system with a new filter like eligibility docs before triggering registration.
New: Some immigration lawyers and progressives warn that Democrats’ voting-rights bill could unintentionally harm immigrants.
There’s a behind-the-scenes push to get the Senate to tweak HR1’s automatic voter registration language to minimize errors. https://t.co/qs2y5VFm8d
New: Democrats confront fragile majorities as Congress returns with big plans on infrastructure, guns and voting rights.
Pelosi’s margin for defection is about to be cut to two (2) House votes.
Schumer’s 50-50 majority faces new tests as Manchin flexes.
More than 100 corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills
“There was a defiance of the threats that businesses should stay out of politics.” https://t.co/8HLn8GhwDy