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Democrats’ slimmer $1.75 trillion Build Back Better still has skeptics

Democratic leaders announced Thursday that they reached agreement on a $1.75 trillion “framework” for the Build Back Better plan, but few were rushing to embrace it, with many progressives pointing instead to what was left out and conservatives complaining about costs.... Read more»

Former GOP Congressman Matt Salmon launches campaign for Az governor

Former GOP Congressman Matt Salmon is running for governor, looking to win the prize that eluded him 20 years ago in one of Arizona’s closest gubernatorial elections, and joining a field which already includes several contenders for the GOP nomination.... Read more»

DHS chief defends Biden border policy at time of ‘historic’ challenges

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s immigration policies Wednesday, but conceded the department faces “historic and unprecedented challenges” coping with a surge in migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors.... Read more»

House passes $8.3 billion coronavirus bill; Az's Biggs one of two ‘no’ votes

The House late Wednesday approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus, passing the measure an overwhelming 415-2 vote – with an Arizona Republican counting for one of the two “nays.” ... Read more»

Biggs take reins of Freedom Caucus at tough time for conservatives

Against the backdrop of an impeachment inquiry, Rep. Andy Biggs is taking over chairmanship of the conservative Freedom Caucus – a fight the Gilbert Republican says he’s ready to have.... Read more»

A House divided – but for Arizona lawmakers, maybe not so much

Arizona’s congressional delegation may not be as polarized in its votes as headlines would make it appear. Arizona – with four members of the conservative Freedom Caucus and two left-wing stalwarts in its nine-member House delegation – was less polarized than 22 of 33 states with at least one member from each party.... Read more»