US Domestic News Roundup: Schumer sets procedural vote for $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill; U.S. lawmakers want more congressional review before war action taken and more

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs. Schumer sets procedural vote for $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would set a procedural vote on a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill for Wednesday. U.S. lawmakers want more congressional review before war action taken Three U.S. senators who have campaigned to clamp down on foreign weapons sales and pare back military action without congressional approval will introduce their broadest effort yet on Tuesday to claw back war powers from the White House.


Reuters | Updated: 20-07-2021 19:00 IST | Created: 20-07-2021 18:28 IST
US Domestic News Roundup: Schumer sets procedural vote for $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill; U.S. lawmakers want more congressional review before war action taken and more
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Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Schumer sets procedural vote for $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would set a procedural vote on a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill for Wednesday.

U.S. lawmakers want more congressional review before war action taken

Three U.S. senators who have campaigned to clamp down on foreign weapons sales and pare back military action without congressional approval will introduce their broadest effort yet on Tuesday to claw back war powers from the White House. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, Republican Mike Lee and Independent Bernie Sanders will unveil their "National Security Powers Act" on Tuesday, sources familiar with the measure said.

Proud Boys leader pleads guilty to weapons charge, destroying Black Lives Matter flag

Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys, pleaded guilty on Monday to burning a Black Lives Matter flag and possessing a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, federal prosecutors said. Tarrio, 37, faces a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail for each of the two counts against him and a $1,000 fine when he is sentenced in April.

'We lost': Some U.S. veterans say blood spilled in Afghanistan was wasted

Jason Lilley was a special operations forces Marine Raider who fought in multiple battles in Iraq and Afghanistan during America's longest war. As Lilley, 41, reflects on President Joe Biden's decision to end America's military mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 31, he expresses love for his country, but disgust at its politicians and dismay at the blood and money squandered. Comrades were killed and maimed in wars he says were unwinnable, making him rethink his country and his life.

Schumer tees up bipartisan infrastructure vote after Republicans urge delay

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would set a procedural vote on a bipartisan infrastructure package that is a key part of Democratic President Joe Biden's agenda for Wednesday, increasing pressure on negotiators as they struggled with ways to pay for the cost of the measure. Schumer said the Wednesday vote did not require Senate negotiators to hammer out every provision in the bill by then and that Democratic leaders of the bipartisan group supported his approach.

U.S. states to unveil $26 billion opioid settlement with drug distributors, J&J - sources

U.S. state attorneys general are expected this week to unveil a $26 billion settlement resolving claims that three major drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped fuel a nationwide opioid epidemic, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Distributors McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc, and AmerisourceBergen Corp would pay a combined $21 billion, while Johnson & Johnson would pay $5 billion. New York on Tuesday is expected to announce the distributors have agreed to a $1 billion-plus settlement with the state, a source said.

Trump official misled Congress about census citizenship question - probe

A watchdog agency found that former Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross misrepresented the reasons for wanting to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and the Trump administration declined to prosecute him, a probe showed on Monday. In a letter dated Friday, Commerce Department Inspector General Peggy Gustafson said Ross' congressional testimony in March 2018 "misrepresented the full rationale" of the question when he said it was driven by a Justice Department request to aid in enforcing the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. House Minority Leader McCarthy picks five Republicans for Jan. 6 panel

U.S. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy nominated five members of his party, including staunch Trump ally Jim Jordan, to serve on a special congressional panel probing the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, his office said on Monday. McCarthy is also naming Representatives Jim Banks, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls to the committee, a statement from McCarthy's office said.

U.S. announces new cybersecurity requirements for critical pipeline owners

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions." It was the second security directive issued by the department's Transportation Security Administration since May after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States for days.

Twitter temporarily blocks U.S. Republican Greene for COVID-19 posts

Twitter Inc on Monday said it temporarily suspended Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's account for tweets that violated the social media's misinformation policy on COVID-19. Greene posted that the coronavirus is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65, and that organizations should not force "non-FDA" approved vaccines or masks. These tweets have been labeled as "misleading" by the platform.

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