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Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Read more»

Republican state legislators through July of this year have introduced more than 400 bills with restrictive voting provisions across 49 states.

Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation to protect voting rights across the country by re-establishing a preclearance formula that would require some states that want to make changes to their voting laws to receive permission from the Justice Department first. Read more»

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»

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 new spending includes: $110 billion on roads, bridges and major projects; $66 billion on passenger and freight rail; $39 billion on public transportation; $25 billion on airports; and the rest on ports, waterways, electric vehicles, road safety and broadband.

Both Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the senators who negotiated a bipartisan infrastructure bill, have claimed the legislation is “paid for” - but a budget watchdog group says the bill only pays for about half of the $548 billion in new spending. Read more»

Voting rights legislation still would face a hurdle in the Senate because it would need the votes of 10 Republicans in the evenly split Senate to advance to debate, under Senate rules.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. 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»

Bishop William J. Barber II, co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, called on President Joe Biden to travel to Arizona and West Virginia to make the case there for ending the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation.

The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation, with a particular focus on senators like Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema. Read more»

Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona participates on a Zoom call with supporters on June 22, 2021. (screenshot)

Three southwestern Democratic U.S. senators during a private Zoom call with supporters on Tuesday suggested they were open to filibuster reform but stopped short of offering specifics on the kind of reform they would get behind. Read more»

U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, and the earmarks list — detailed in an amendment to five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill — has a price tag of $5.7 billion. 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»

Attempts to pass a massive voting reforms bill known as the For the People Act in the Senate Rules Committee ended in a tie vote, meaning Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer likely would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the bill to the floor and shows the uphill battle ahead for the legislation. Read more»

Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaking at the 2016 Leadership Series with the Arizona Cardinals hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry in August 2016.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking a federal judge to strike down a provision of the recent $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that bars states from using the money to “directly or indirectly” offset the cost of tax cuts, arguing that the law is either unconstitutionally vague or an infringement of state sovereignty. Read more»

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