2021 Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires’ tax on the investment gains of the very richest Americans.The reversal came as Biden returned to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to highlight the middle class values he says are at the heart of the package that Democrats are racing to finish. Biden faces resistance from key holdouts, including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has not been on board with her party’s plan to undo Trump-era tax breaks to help pay for it.“This has been declared dead on arrival from the moment I introduced it, but I think we’re going to surprise them, because I think people are beginning to figure out what’s at stake,” Biden said in a speech at Scranton’s Electric City Trolley Museum, his first visit home since becoming president.Negotiations between the White House and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are underway on what’s now a scaled-back package but would still be an unprecedented federal effort to expand social services for millions and confront the rising threat of climate change. It’s coupled with a separate $1 trillion bill to update roads and bridges.Biden and his Democratic Party have given themselves a deadline to seal agreement after laboring to bridge his once-sweeping $3.5 trillion vision preferred by progressives with a more limited focus that can win over party centrists. He has no Democratic votes to spare for passage in the closely divided Congress, and leaders want agreement by week’s end.The newly proposed tax provisions, though, are likely to sour progressives and even some moderate Democrats who have long campaigned on undoing the 2017 GOP tax cuts that many believe unduly reward the wealthy, costing the federal government untold sums in lost revenue at a time of gaping income inequality.Administration officials spoke with congressional leaders on the tax alternatives, according to a person familiar with the private talks and granted anonymity to discuss them. The changes may be needed to win over Sinema, who had objected to plans to raise the rates on corporations and wealthy individuals earning more than $400,000 a year, said the person and several others.As it stands, the corporate tax rate is 21%, and Democrats want to lift it to 26.5% for companies earning more than $5 million a year. The top individual

income tax rate would rise from 37% to 39.6% for those earning more than $400,000, or $450,000 for married couples.Under the changes being floated that 21% corporate rate would stay the same.However, the revisions wouldn’t be all positive for big companies and the wealthy. The White House is reviving the idea of a minimum corporate tax rate, similar to the 15% rate Biden had proposed earlier this year. That’s even for companies that battle climate change, $350 billion for child care subsidies and free pre-kindergarten, a new federal program for at least four weeks of paid family leave, a one-year extension of the $300 monthly child tax credit put in place during the COVID-19 crisis, and funding for health care provided through the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.Likely to be eliminated or shaved back: plans for tuition-free community college, a path to permanent legal status for certain immigrants in the U.S. and a clean energy plan that was the centerpiece of Biden’s strategy for fighting climate change.“Nothing is decided until everything is decided,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus after a morning meeting of House Democrats. “We’re just trying to get it done.”Democrats are growing anxious they have little to show voters despite their campaign promises and have had trouble explaining what they’re trying to do with the massive package, made up of so many different proposals.It’s a tall order that was leading to an all-out push Wednesday to answer the question — “What’s in the damn bill?” — as a press release from Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, put it.The president especially wants to advance his signature domestic package to bolster federal social services and address climate change by the time he departs for a global climate summit next week.Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a progressive caucus member,said, “He really believes American leadership, American prestige is on the line.”Manchin has made clear he opposes the president’s initial energy plan, which was to have the government impose penalties on electric utilities that fail to meet clean energy benchmarks and provide financial rewards to those that do.Instead, Biden is focused on providing at least $500 billion in tax credits, grants and loans for energy producers that reach emission-reduction goals.On other fronts, to preserve Biden’s initial sweep, Democrats are moving to retain many of the programs but trim their duration to shave costs.Biden wants to extend the $300 monthly child tax credit that was put in place during the COVID-19 crisis for another year, rather than allow it to expire in December, but not as long as Democrats wanted.What had been envisioned as a months-long federal paid family leave program could be shrunk to as few as four weeks — an effort to at least start the program rather than eliminate it.Biden also wants to ensure funding for health care programs, including for home- and community-based health care services, supporting a move away from widespread nursing home care.And a new program to provide dental, vision and hearing aid benefits to people on Medicare proposed by Sanders, is likely to remain in some fashion.Biden has told lawmakers that after his top priorities there would be $300 billion remaining.That could lower the overall price tag or be used for other programs.


News Portal What Canadians need to know about how climate change is affecting their health

Lancet report on health and climate highlights extreme heat, wildfire and food insecurity as key challenges
Jaela Bernstien · CBC News · Posted: Oct 20, 2021 6:30 PM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago
A man carrying multiple jugs of water walks through a sprinkler in Vancouver on Monday, June 29, during a record-breaking heat wave that contributed to hundreds of deaths in British Columbia. Extreme heat is just one of the climate-related health impacts the Lancet report warns will get worse as the planet warms. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Our planet is changing. So is our journalism. This story is part of a CBC News initiative entitled “Our Changing Planet” to show and explain the effects of climate change and what is being done about it.

Climate change is hurting us, and a global report released today warns the impact on people’s health — especially the elderly, the young, and the vulnerable — will get far worse if leaders fail to commit to more ambitious targets at COP26, the upcoming United Nations conference on climate.

The world is already 1.2 C warmer than it was between 1850 and 1900, the pre-industrial period, and the latest report by the Lancet medical journal measures how that change is affecting people’s health around the world.

The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: Code red for a healthy future

The authors found the health impacts of climate change are getting worse across every factor measured, including the physical and mental toll of extreme heat, the spread of infectious diseases, and decreasing crop yields and food insecurity. A total of 93 authors, including climate scientists, economists, public health experts and political scientists, contributed to the analysis.

“When people are … thinking about climate change off there in a far away, distant land, in a far distant future, these reports shatter that myth,” said Ian Mauro, the executive director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Mauro was not involved in the Lancet report.

“They show that it is happening now, that it is real, and that the consequences at this relatively early stage in the climate game are tragic now. Just imagine decades into the future.”

The world is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. Here’s what that means

What the new UN report warning of climate impacts means for Canadians

It’s a reality more Canadians have experienced this year — from drought to wildfire to deadly heat waves. But the Lancet authors also call out Canada as a country that has a gap between its carbon-cutting ambitions and its strategy to make it happen.
A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton in this file photo from 2018. While Canada has ramped up its plans to cut emissions ahead of COP26, more needs to be done, say authors from the Lancet policy brief. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)
Canada’s emissions growing

While the Lancet report’s authors credit Canada’s government with taking positive steps through carbon pricing and mandating new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, they warn more is needed.

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly in first year of carbon tax: report

“At the average pace of decarbonization observed between 2015 and 2019, it would take Canada over 188 more years to fully decarbonize its energy system,” stated a policy brief provided by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

“Canada and the U.S. are the only G7 countries that have increased emissions since signing the Paris Agreement — and Canada’s have grown the fastest, primarily due to oil and gas production.”

The report, entitled a “Code Red for a Healthy Future,” highlights this time as a fork in the road, a point at which leaders can either choose to lock the world into increased emissions and catastrophic global warming, or to focus on meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

“Despite the gory headlines of doom and disaster, the best available science is still saying there’s a pathway for us to achieve some level of human resilience that will create a healthy future for our kids and grandkids,” Mauro said.

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Deadly heat wave


[WATCH]Tyrone v Monaghan Live stream Ulster final

Tyrone conflict with Monaghan on Saturday in the Ulster Championship last.

The game happens outside the area interestingly since 2006, with Croke Park pronounced the scene.

The two sides got their spot in the last after electrifying semi-last triumphs over Armagh and Donegal individually.

Talking in the development to the match, Tyrone chief Padraig Hampsey remarked on his job his pride in the group getting to the last.

“It’s a particularly extraordinary pack of chaps and dedicated fellows, and throughout the most recent few years we have been thumping on the entryway for Ulster finals and Ulster Championship games, and in 2018 we were in an All-Ireland last,” he said.

“It’s simply an extraordinary chance for myself to get that, and one I’m exceptionally grateful for.”

What time is the toss in?

The game gets going at 4pm.

What channel is it on?

BBC Two will show the match with inclusion beginning at 3:30pm.

Would i be able to live stream it?

Indeed, you can live stream it by means of the BBC iPlayer.

Wagering chances

Tyrone – 4/6

Monaghan – 7/4

Draw – 9/1

“That (the Tyrone set-up that day) was demonstration of the group Donegal have, the danger that Donegal have and the regard that we needed to give them for the kind of game that they play.

“We’ll plunk down and take a gander at what way Monaghan play and the most ideal approach to check it.

“It’s an issue of being versatile, not being a captive to a specific method of playing and we have players who can accomplish more than one work.

“That is basic in football these days, to have that kind of player who can play anyplace in the center eight.

“On the off chance that you don’t play with men up the field you’re not going to score and we do attempt to get them ready and get the ball to the scorers as fast as could be expected.”

Mickey Harte and the Tyrone framework have delivered a flood of value, flexible center eight players throughout the long term.

Getting the equilibrium right, on the number of to play, and which ones to call up for specific rivals, could be one of the keys for Logan and Dooher this year.

Realism and remaining in the game will in general be best with regards to a take out Championship.

Everyone’s eyes will be on Monaghan this end of the week, and how they set up with their own clump of flexible center eight players, including Micheal Bannigan, Dessie Ward and Ryan McAnespie.

Dooher proceeded: “I think adaptability in footballers these days is a given on the grounds that the idea of the game is that you can wind up anyplace.

“On the off chance that you go to the top groups, you talk about Donegal, Dublin, Kerry. You see Tom O’Sullivan up scoring focuses recently.