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Biden restores climate safeguards in key environmental law

By Dino Grandoni and Anna Phillips Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

A final rule announced Tuesday by the White House will require agencies to assess the climate impact of roads, pipelines and other infrastructure.


Here’s what Biden’s budget would do, and not do, for climate change

By Somini Sengupta Photo: Leigh Vogel for The New York Times

On Day 1 of his presidency, Joseph R. Biden Jr. brought the United States back into the global climate accord. His administration made bold pledges to cut emissions. It urged other countries to set ambitious climate targets of their own.


Inside Biden’s $5.8 trillion wish list

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Stephen Gandel, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Biden proposed a $5.8 trillion annual budget yesterday, a request that reflects growing security and economic concerns at home and abroad. There are billions set aside to invest in police departments and the military, paid for in part by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.


Opinion: We’re in a fossil fuel war. Biden should say so.

By Farhad Manjoo Photo: Jessica Lutz for The New York Times

On one hand, it would seem uncontroversial to point out that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a war enabled and exacerbated by the world’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. It couldn’t not be so: Russia is a petrostate — its economy and global influence are heavily reliant on its vast reserves of oil and natural gas — and Vladimir Putin its petromonarch, another in a line of unsavory characters whom liberal democracies keep doing business with because they’ve got something we can’t live without.


Week In Politics: Biden’s Pricey Plans For The Nation

1.5 trillion dollars for next year’s budget, plus a 2.3 trillion dollar infrastructure plan: President Joe Biden’s asking Congress for a lot of money to further his ambition agenda.



Biden aims $1.5 trillion budget at health, education, social services

President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday unveiled a more than $1.5 trillion budget proposal that would see funding for health, education and social services eclipse defense spending, in a reversal of his predecessor’s policies.

The discretionary spending request for fiscal year 2022 would allocate $769.4 billion to non-defense programs, surpassing the $753 billion apportioned for defense, which was prioritized under Donald Trump but only slightly increased under Biden’s proposal.





U.S. House approves $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill but outlook uncertain

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday by a 233-to-188 vote to boost spending on roads, bridges, public transit and rail, but the White House and Senate Republicans opposed the measure.

Representative Peter DeFazio, the Democrat who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the vote showed a House majority was “willing to fight for a new vision” that “deals with the incredibly deteriorated infrastructure in this country.”