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EXPLAINER: What's next now that GOP has blocked voting bill?

Jun. 23, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states. A look at what...

GOP filibuster blocks Democrats' big voting rights bill

Jun. 22, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' sweeping attempt to rewrite U.S. election and voting law suffered a major setback in the Senate Tuesday, blocked by a filibuster wall of Republican opposition to what would be the largest overhaul of the electoral system in a generation. ...

Pelosi signals new panel to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Jun. 22, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is poised to create a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, pushing closer to a partisan investigation of the attack after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent probe. ...

Pelosi, Schumer to huddle with White House on infrastructure

Jun. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will confer Wednesday with White House officials on next steps for President Joe Biden's nearly $4 trillion infrastructure plans as talks with Republicans see-saw in search of a potential deal. ...

Paid in full? Biden, GOP struggle over infrastructure costs

Jun. 21, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators and the White House appear open to striking a roughly $1 trillion deal on infrastructure. But they are struggling with the hard part — how to pay for it. As President Joe Biden jumps back into the talks this week, the...

In Senate vote, Biden sees 'step forward' for elections bill

Jun. 21, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it views the Senate's work on an elections bill overhaul and changes being offered by Sen. Joe Manchin as a “step forward," even though the Democrats' priority legislation is expected to be blocked by a Republican filibuster. ...

Biden objects to raising gas tax to pay for infrastructure

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House made clear Friday that President Joe Biden was opposed to letting the federal gasoline tax rise at the rate of inflation to help pay for an infrastructure package that a bipartisan group of 21 senators is trying to craft. The gas tax...

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

Jun. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House, with President Joe Biden's backing, passed legislation Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq, a step that supporters said was necessary for Congress to reassert its constitutional duty to weigh in on matters...

Schumer, White House back repeal of Iraq War authorization

Jun. 16, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are endorsing efforts to terminate the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq, a step that supporters say is necessary to constrain presidential war powers even though it is unlikely to affect U.S....

Bipartisan infrastructure group swells to 21 senators

Jun. 16, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan senators’ group working on a $1 trillion infrastructure compromise more than doubled in size to 21 members Wednesday, a key threshold that gives momentum to their effort as President Joe Biden returns from overseas at a pivotal time for his big legislative...