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Senate Democrats use Asian American hate crimes bill as key test of Republican obstruction

Senate Democrats use Asian American hate crimes bill as key test of Republican obstruction

Senate Democrats this week are putting forth a key test on the limits of Republican obstruction: A bill aimed at combating anti-Asian hate crimes. The legislation, which is relatively narrow in scope, would designate a Justice Department official to review Covid-19 related hate crimes, and calls on the agency to provide reporting guidance for regional…
Why some Democrats are quietly unhappy with the House’s big voting rights bill

Why some Democrats are quietly unhappy with the House’s big voting rights bill

Democrats have publicly united around a legislative response to Republican efforts to roll back voting access in various states — a bill called the For the People Act. Known as HR 1 in the House, where it passed in early March with only a single Democratic defection, and S 1 in the Senate, where it’s…
Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Senate Democrats just got some wonky procedural news that has some pretty big implications for President Joe Biden’s agenda. On Monday night, the Senate parliamentarian — an in-house rules expert — determined that Democrats would be able to do a third budget reconciliation bill this year, a massive development that gives lawmakers more room to…
Democrats’ new plan for passing more bills with 51 Senate votes, explained

Democrats’ new plan for passing more bills with 51 Senate votes, explained

With Senate Democrats seemingly at an impasse about eliminating the legislative filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is now weighing other approaches to pass bills that have scant Republican support, including reinterpreting a decades old-rule to give Democrats new opportunities to advance legislation with a simple majority. Currently, the filibuster means that the 50-person Democratic…
What Democrats can (realistically) do about gun violence

What Democrats can (realistically) do about gun violence

This week, Democrats in the House voted for gun control bills — specifically, to expand background checks. But the legislation is doomed in the Senate, where the proposal will not get 10 Republican votes to overcome the filibuster and perhaps not even all 50 Democratic votes needed for a simple majority. That doesn’t mean President…
House Democrats just passed their massive voting rights bill HR 1

House Democrats just passed their massive voting rights bill HR 1

House Democrats have passed HR 1, their signature anti-corruption and voting rights reform bill, for the second time in two years. But even though their party now holds the majority in the Senate, the bill has a tough road ahead of it. As the numeral suggests, HR 1 and its Senate component S 1 —…
Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained

Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained

The Senate parliamentarian on Thursday dealt Democrats a disappointing blow in the fight for the $15 minimum wage, ruling that it can’t be included in a Covid-19 relief package if lawmakers want to use budget reconciliation. That decision likely means that the $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now. As Sen. Bernie Sanders…
Democrats call for Biden to punish Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi’s murder

Democrats call for Biden to punish Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi’s murder

Congressional Democrats pushed back on President Joe Biden’s decision on Friday not to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is sometimes referred to as MBS. The president made the decision following the release of an unclassified CIA report confirming that the crown prince ordered the killing of US-based Washington Post journalist, and Saudi…
Why Democrats are blasting Biden’s attack against Iranian proxies in Syria

Why Democrats are blasting Biden’s attack against Iranian proxies in Syria

President Joe Biden is facing heat from fellow Democrats and law experts over his Thursday airstrikes against targets in eastern Syria tied to Iranian-backed militias, namely because they say he had no real legal justification for the attack. The administration said the seven 500-pound bombs dropped on facilities two militias used to smuggle weapons were…
“We got what we wanted”: Democrats defend the decision not to call impeachment witnesses

“We got what we wanted”: Democrats defend the decision not to call impeachment witnesses

One day after the acquittal of former President Donald Trump, multiple House impeachment managers worked to explain their decision not to call witnesses in his second impeachment trial. Witnesses initially were not expected to be called during the trial, but that expectation was upended Saturday morning when lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)…

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