The alliance has deployed its reserve troops to Kosovo for training amidst fears of unrest among local Serbs.
UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Tom Andrews warned countries not to take any measures that would legitimize the junta's planned elections.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said decisive action must be taken on the protests as Tehran blames the US for the unrest.
China's continued cooperation with Russia and its conduct toward its neighbors and the South China Sea make the Communist nation a security threat, says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Moldovan government is considering revoking citizenship for Moldovans who hold dual citizenship that are joining Russian forces.
Yoon stressed that aside from three countries, no other country can fully protect itself on its own.
Washington is reportedly in discussions with Australia over the building the latter's first nuclear-powered submarines, according to Western officials familiar with the matter.
Kyiv has reduced the Iranian embassy's staff and revoked the accreditation of its ambassador to Ukraine.
Two government websites, as well as state-affiliated media sites, were hacked by a group claiming to be linked to "Anonymous."
Russian police have arrested at least 750 individuals protesting against Putin's mobilization order.
A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the government must control immigration in a way that also works for the country.
In what was the most anticipated UNGA address, Zelenskyy said Russia must be punished for its aggression.
Harris is expected to discuss the issue surrounding Taiwan's security in her meetings with Japan and South Korea's leaders during her visit.
Nancy Pelosi opposes increase of gas tax to fund infrastructure projects in upcoming proposal
Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration are looking to pass a massive infrastructure package, much to the opposition of the Republicans. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her opposition to using an increased gas tax as a way to fund the massive infrastructure package.
Speaking to the press at the Capitol, Pelosi echoed the opinions of members of her party on increasing the gas tax to fund infrastructure as it is one of the possible provisions of US President Joe Biden’s proposal to tackle infrastructure. Pelosi said she opposes the possible provision, which was suggested by a bipartisan group of Senators. The group suggested increasing the gas tax that was last raised in 1993, and the law that raised the gas tax did not provide an inflationary increase.
Despite Pelosi’s and other liberal Democrats’ opposition, increasing the gas tax also has its pros. The increase would encourage automobile manufacturers to prioritize vehicles that are more fuel-efficient while discouraging driving overall. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
However, the downside of the gas tax hike is that it would affect low and middle-income drivers. Liberal Democrats, regarding the current infrastructure proposal, rejected the possible provision to help cover infrastructure projects.
“I don’t think that...America’s working families should be footing the bill for roads and bridges and the rest that America’s wealthiest people and their businesses are using without paying for them,” said the California Democrat. “So I’m not in for expanding the gas tax.” Pelosi also rejected the suggestion of transferring funding from the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion budget.
Meanwhile, Pelosi recently praised the Supreme Court’s decision to continue upholding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, after a third challenge by Republicans in GOP-led states. With a 7-2 ruling, this struck down concerns that a mostly conservative Supreme Court bench would rule in favor of Republicans to dismantle the law.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a landmark victory for Democrats’ work to defend protections for people with preexisting conditions,” said Pelosi following the ruling.
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