Progress expected on infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director for the AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Congressional stalemate situation facing the infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill and why he thinks progress will soon be made to pass both bills.

Samuel said moderates and progressives want to see both pieces of legislation pass and will eventually iron out their differences to make it happen. He discussed the efforts to fund both bills by raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and the possibility of extending funding deadlines as the bills are being considered.

Talk then turned to the Global Tax Agreement, as several developed countries have agreed to a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent.

He also spoke about the Freedom to Vote Act, which sets federal minimum standards for early voting, automatic registration, polling place numbers and voting drop boxes. The bill was filibustered in the Senate three times by Republicans. If Senate Democrats want to pass the bill, they will have to amend Senate rules and limit the filibuster.

Samuel also discussed Doug Parker, newly confirmed by the Senate to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and why he is perfect for the job.

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