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US Senate Is Sidelined as House Speaker Seeks to Cut Deals

  • Democrats off to a sluggish start despite expanded majority
  • Senators want to see what House can pass on debt, immigration
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It’s a tough time to be a US senator.

The Democratic-led Senate, the center of dealmaking for the first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency, suddenly is relegated to the sidelines waiting for the Republican-led House to tackle thorny issues like raising the debt ceiling and overhauling US immigration laws.