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What House Democrats actually want to do about climate change

What House Democrats actually want to do about climate change

In 2007, shortly after Democrats took back the House of Representatives in the 2006 midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, meant to gather expert testimony and develop policy plans to address climate change. Until Republicans killed it in 2011, the select committee amassed an…
Why Senate Democrats just tanked the Republican police reform bill

Why Senate Democrats just tanked the Republican police reform bill

Senate Democrats have officially rejected Republicans’ police reform bill, tanking the legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance, in a 55-45 vote on Wednesday. In a letter earlier this week, Democrats noted that the bill — which does little to ensure legal accountability in cases of police misconduct — fell far short of the policies…
Senate Democrats say the Republican police reform bill is “not salvageable”

Senate Democrats say the Republican police reform bill is “not salvageable”

Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have unequivocally rejected further consideration of Republicans’ police reform bill — legislation they think falls far short of the policy changes they’d like to see. “We will not meet this moment by holding a floor vote on the JUSTICE Act, nor can we simply amend…
Democrats are grappling with calls to “defund the police”

Democrats are grappling with calls to “defund the police”

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) explicitly rejected the “defund the police” slogan that has emerged among progressive activists fighting against police brutality and racism in recent weeks, saying on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that “nobody is going to defund the police.” Later on the same program, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) embraced the…
Democrats’ sweeping new police reform bill, explained

Democrats’ sweeping new police reform bill, explained

House and Senate Democrats unveiled a new policing reform bill on Monday in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a now-former Minneapolis police officer and the weeks of protests against police brutality that followed. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 contains a number of measures that make it easier to…
Democrats’ risky plan to ensure Congress can vote during the pandemic, explained

Democrats’ risky plan to ensure Congress can vote during the pandemic, explained

Earlier this month, the House voted, almost entirely along party lines, to permit members of Congress to cast votes by proxy so long as the coronavirus pandemic makes it dangerous for many members of Congress to travel to Washington. On Tuesday, 21 House Republicans filed a lawsuit claiming that the new House rule permitting proxy…
Democrats should make voting reform a nonnegotiable baseline for the next stimulus bill

Democrats should make voting reform a nonnegotiable baseline for the next stimulus bill

Update, May 4: New research from a group of political scientists affirms that mail-in voting in Colorado raised turnout more than 10 points among the most vulnerable demographics, including low-income voters, and benefited Republicans and Democrats equally. It’s powerful support for the argument that mail-in voting should be universally accessible for the November elections. The…
Exclusive: Democrats have a new plan to keep millions of laid-off workers insured

Exclusive: Democrats have a new plan to keep millions of laid-off workers insured

A new bill from House Democrats, previewed exclusively to Vox, aims to give laid-off or furloughed workers a way to stay on their health insurance plan at no extra cost to them — through increased subsidies with the existing health insurance plan COBRA. COBRA allows laid-off workers to keep buying into their health insurance plans.…
Democrats are ready to start work on a fourth coronavirus bill. Republicans want to wait.

Democrats are ready to start work on a fourth coronavirus bill. Republicans want to...

The House and Senate likely won’t return to Capitol Hill until April 20 at the earliest, but that’s not stopping House Democrats from thinking about a fourth coronavirus stimulus package. One major initiative Democrats are already contemplating is an infrastructure bill, particularly related to coronavirus recovery. A list could include expanding America’s broadband and 5G…
Democrats’ choice is clearer than ever: Fight Trump or fight for revolution

Democrats’ choice is clearer than ever: Fight Trump or fight for revolution

You rarely get as perfect an encapsulation of two presidential campaign messages as we did Sunday morning when two dueling opinion columns by former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN’s website. Biden’s headline said, “The virus lays bare the shortcomings of the Trump administration,” while Sanders’s said, “Coronavirus highlights the…

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