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The Senate passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in the U.S., but getting the packages to President Biden’s desk will still require balancing competing factions among congressional Democrats. Read more»

As of July, 18 states have passed 30 laws with restrictive voting provisions and Republicans have introduced more than 400 bills with restrictive voting provisions across 49 states.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate for a vote when the chamber returns next month after Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blocked an attempt to advance the “For the People Act” for Senate debate. Read more»

Medicare has remained popular, but it has grown less generous than most private insurance policies.

“Traditional” Medicare does not cover many benefits used overwhelmingly by its beneficiaries, including most vision, dental and hearing care - and drug coverage is available only by purchasing a separate insurance plan - but Democrats in Congress plan to try to change that. Read more»

In his floor speech ahead of the vote, Schumer acknowledged the bill’s shortcomings and pledged the next major piece of legislation in the Senate would offer more help to working families and small businesses, add more jobs focused on addressing climate change and adjust the tax code.

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation led by and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Rob Portman of Ohio. Read more»

'As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the time they need to plan for restart and ensure a smooth pathway back to repayment,' said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will extend the freeze on student loan repayments through the end of January 2022, a pause that was initiated by the Trump administration in 2020, and it was set to expire on Oct. 1. Read more»

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Congress in a letter Monday to increase the debt limit through 'regular order,' and it was her second warning in as many weeks.

Senate Democrats issued their budget Monday for a $3.5 trillion package that pours funding into social programs, climate change initiatives and free education, queuing up a widely expected maneuver toward passage without GOP support. Read more»

The Senate voted to formally begin debate on a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan, a process that could take several days, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021.

Democrats racing to vote on the massive Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, after the Senate finally unveiled the 2,702-page bill late Sunday, strode into some quicksand from Republicans less worried about the timeline as the August recess looms. Read more»

House Democrats are expected to introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act on Aug. 6 in honor of the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

House Democrats plan to unveil the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act - named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis - on Aug. 6, the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, displays the same kind of spike used in a 1989 tree-spiking incident involving Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head up the Bureau of Land Management.

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. Read more»

Workers installing switches north of Myrtle Ave. on the J Line in Brooklyn, N.Y. as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda.

After weeks of negotiations between the White House and Senate on President Joe Biden's proposal to beef up U.S. infrastructure, a test vote gauging willingness to debate the $1 trillion package failed. Read more»

A federal law enacted in 1993, popularly known as the Motor Voter law, requires states to provide citizens with the opportunity to register to vote when they get a driver’s license.

In the days leading up to the Senate vote on the House-passed elections bill, Republicans offered several misleading talking points about the Democratic bill, and made other statements that required more context. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in a June junket to Tucson.

U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” and her absence from a major procedural vote last week on establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. Read more»

Investigations into the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol already are underway by the Justice Department and multiple committees in the House and Senate.

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol; Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was among the senators who skipped the vote. Read more»

U.S. Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia.

Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was condemned by politicians from both sides for remarks she made comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Read more»

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