Republicans critical of President Biden’s infrastructure bill

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana lawmakers scale back bill adding absentee-ballot requirementsNext articleWoman, young son injured in crash on M-51 in Cass County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Republicans critical of President Biden’s infrastructure bill Facebook By Jon Zimney – April 11, 2021 2 126 Twitter (Photo supplied/U.S. Sen. Todd Young) Republicans’ main gripe with President Biden’s American Jobs Act is that a majority of the bill has nothing to do with “traditional infrastructure.”Infrastructure is typically thought of a road, bridges, buildings, and the power grid. But, congressional Democrats are pushing the boundary of what the definition of infrastructure is. President Biden said on Wednesday that the definition of infrastructure has always “evolved” to meet the needs of the American people.Indiana Senator Todd Young said to Fox News that he would always support infrastructure investment, as long as that investment goes towards what he believes in infrastructure.“When the president was asked what constitutes infrastructure because this is a malleable term he’s trying to fit a lot into, he responded that it involves energy, transportation, or the Internet,” Young said.“There’s a whole category of ‘goodies’, in fact about 70-percent of the goodies in this $2.5 trillion phase one of the bill, fall outside that definition.”The bill includes $400 billion dedicated to raising pay for home healthcare workers, pushes for expanded Medicaid coverage, and promotes workforce development in underserved communities. It also promotes initiatives to help American workers unionize.“Hoosiers support, Americans support, Republicans support infrastructure investment,” Young said. “I support vigorous infrastructure investments, but so much of this stuff should not fall under the infrastructure banner or is just deceiving the American people.”Young said he may be supportive of a lot of the “non-infrastructure” initiatives in the bill if they were to be considered where he feels they appropriately should be.“Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure,” said New York Democrat Kristin Gillibrand.Moderate Democrats, like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), have said that they would have a hard time supporting the bill because it raises corporate tax rates from 21-percent to 28-percent. Manchin said he would support raising corporate taxes to only 25-percent.The Senate parliamentarian said this week that Democrats would be able to pass the bill through the process of budget reconciliation, meaning it does not fall under the purview of a Senate filibuster. This clears the way for Democrats to pass it without Republican support as long as every Democrat is on board.President Biden has said he is open to working with Republicans on the bill.last_img read more

Observer wins awards

first_imgThe Observer earned third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category at the 2014 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony Saturday at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Staff members took home 15 other awards.The Observer’s new website, launched in January and designed by Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Song and former Graphics Editor Steph Wulz, won first place in both “Best Overall Website” and “Best Overall Website Design.” The site,, won third place in “Online Publication of the Year.”The staff took third place in “Best Use of Facebook” in the online category.Viewpoint Editor and former Scene writer Gabriela Leskur won first place in “Best Entertainment Column” for her Sept. 10, 2013, column “How to avoid your ex on campus.” Associate Scene Editor Miko Malabute took first place in “Best Entertainment Feature Story” for “Breaking Bad’s R.J. Mitte talks disability” published Oct. 21, 2013.For “Best Entertainment Feature Story,” Scene Editor Allie Tollaksen won second place for her Jan. 22 piece “John Jeremiah Sullivan.” Columnist Matt Matt Miklavic took first place in “Best Opinion Column” for his April 26, 2013, column “Hold on to hope.”Two submissions placed in the “Best Video” category. Videographer Wei Cao won second place for “Thanksgiving at Notre Dame,” published Dec. 4, 2013, and former Multimedia Editor Colby Hoyer won third place for her Oct. 29, 2013, video “Notre Dame Women’s Boxing.”Former Assistant Managing Editor Marisa Iati won third place in “Best News Feature Story” for “My brother’s and my sister’s keeper,” which was published Oct. 8, 2013, as the second installment of a three-part series on mental health at Notre Dame.Former editor-in-chief Andrew Gastelum earned second place in the “Best Sports Column” category for his Nov. 11, 2013, column “Everything catches up to ND in crucial loss.”Two entries placed in the “Best Sports News Story” category. Former Sports Editor Mike Monaco and former Assistant Managing Editor Matthew DeFranks won second place for “Swarbrick talks apparel, stadium expansion and basketball practice facility.” Assistant Managing Editor Isaac Lorton took third place for “Thunderstruck.”The Sports Department earned second place in the “Best Stand Alone/Pull Out Section” for the Irish Insider “The Four-Year Plan.”Other Notre Dame publications represented at ICPA included Scholastic in the news magazine category, Dome in the Division I Yearbook category and Juggler in the literary magazine category.Scholastic took first place in “News Magazine of the Year” and brought home 27 additional awards. Dome shares first place in the “Division I Yearbook of the Year” category with Indiana University’s Arbutus and returned with 12 other awards. The Juggler tied for third place in “Literary Magazine of the Year” with Lighter from Valparaiso University and Red Cents from Goshen College and earned five more awards.The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its website.Tags: ICPA 2014last_img read more

New Syracuse restaurant named one of best in the world

first_imgEthioEritrea Restaurant in Syracuse serves homemade East African food, and it’s only been open for three months. SYRACUSE (WBNG) — This week, CNN released a list of the 20 best new restaurants in the world, but you don’t have to go too far to try one out. Customers said they appreciated the unique offerings the restaurant serves. The owner, Tesfahiwot Okube, has journeyed a long way to Central New York. He lived in a refugee camp for seven years, and told 12 News it’s always been his dream to open a restaurant here in the US. Okube said his mother is the one who taught him how to cook, and that food is not only an important of his culture, but cultures all over the world. “It was a actually a lot different than I thought; not eating with silverware, eating with people and sharing different plates was definitely different, but it was also exciting,” said Doug Travers, who told 12 News he tries different restaurants all over the city with his friend Phil to find the next great bite. Other restaurants to make CNN’s list can be found in cities like London, Hong Kong and Bangkok.last_img read more


first_imgMET Eireann has issued a Yellow Status weather warning for Donegal today – with winds picking up this morning and gusting to 100km/hr.The east of the country will see the worst of the weather, with Ulster escaping for a change.But it will still be very wet – and very windy – in the North West today. Met Eireann says southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50-65 km/h but it will be very gusty with values of 80 to 100 km/h possible.“The strongest winds will be in exposed areas. Winds will veer westerly,” says the warning.It is valid from 10am today until 8pm this evening.There will be more heavy rain on Tuesday before warmer weather arrives on Wednesday and Thursday.  WEATHER WARNING AS GALE BLASTS DONEGAL ON FIRST DAY OF SUMMER was last modified: June 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalWarningweatherlast_img read more

Injured Jeje Lalpekhlua set to miss Nehru Cup defence

first_imgIndia coach Wim Koevermans has been forced to leave out striker Jeje Lalpekhlua from the Nehru Cup squad.Koevermans announced the final 20-man squad on Sunday, with prominent names like Joaquim Abranches and Rocus Lamare failing to make the cut.Lalpekhlua, who played in the 2011 AFC Challenge Cup and SAFF Championships, is not fit.The footballer was earlier apprehensive about his fitness on the first day of practice, after the team shifted to Delhi. “I have got a call for the senior squad after long time as I was injured. But I still don’t know how match-fit I am,” Jeje told Mail Today on Friday.In the absence of Lalpekhlua, India will have to rely on senior forward Sunil Chhetri along with Manandeep Singh and Robin Singh for getting the goals.Manandeep has been picked up from the u-22 side along with attacking mid-fielder Alwyn George Alwyn. Defending champion India play Syria in the opener on Wednesday. Koevermans said he was satisfied with the preparations.Squad: GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Pal, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Karanjeet Singh; DEFENDERS: Nirmal Chhetri, Denzil Franco, Gouramangi Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Syed Rahim Nabi; MIDFIELDERS: Lenny Rodrigues, Mehtab Hossain, Jewel Raja, Francis Fernandes, Alwyn George, Anthony Pereira, Sanju Pradhan, Clifford Miranda; FORWARDS: Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manandeep Singh.last_img read more

Mercedes Benz India to bring new compact SUV GLA to India soon

first_imgMercedes GLA Compact SUVGerman luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz is set to expand its Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) portfolio in India. Currently it has no SUV on offer below the ML 250 CDI in its line-up here. To plug this gap, the company will launch its GLA compact luxury SUV in India on September 30, 2014.The Mercedes-Benz GLA is based on Mercedes’ latest front-wheel-drive MFA platform. Its Indian version will be available in petrol guise, equipped with a 2.0-litre petrol motor to generate 181bhp of power. In addition, there will also be a GLA 200 CDI variant, which will be fitted with a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Both engines will come with 7-speed gearboxes. Both petrol and diesel variants are expected to be available only with front-wheel-drive. The Mercedes GLA is expected to compete with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Volvo V40 Cross Country. The GLA 200 is expected to be priced around Rs 30-32 lakh (ex-showroom). Interestingly, bookings for this vehicle have been underway for some months already and deliveries are  expected soon after official launch. In its segment, the Mercedes GLA 200 will compete against the likes of BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Volvo V40 Cross Country.last_img read more

Video: ESPN’s First Take Debates Braxton Miller’s Position Change

first_imgStephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on the set of ESPN First Take.If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.last_img

Shaq Lawson: “We’re Going To Show Dalvin Cook Why He Should Have Come To Clemson”

first_imgShaq Lawson interviewed ahead of FSU game.shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateClemson and Florida State are set to tangle this Saturday, and more than likely, the contest will decide which team wins the Atlantic division in the ACC. Despite losing the last three matchups to the Seminoles, at least one Tigers player is confident about how his team will perform. Junior defensive end Shaq Lawson talked a bit of trash Monday, telling reporters that he believes that the Tigers will “show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson” by the time the game is over. Cook, at one point, was committed to play for the Tigers before flipping and attending FSU [email protected]_Lawson90 “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.”— (@CUTigers_com) November 2, 2015#Clemson DE Shaq Lawson talks trash: “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” #FSU— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) November 2, has video of the press conference, if you’re interested.Cook has become a star this year, rushing for over 1,000 yards in just seven games. If Clemson is actually able to shut him down (provided he plays), it’ll have a much easier time leaving Memorial Stadium victorious.last_img read more