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Democrats confront failure on elections strategy
Tue, Jun 22, 2021
By Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., talks with reporters as the Senate voted on a key test vote on the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that would overhaul the election system and voting rights.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

After months of build-up, Democrats are boxed in on their party’s signature election reform plan. And there’s no apparent escape route. Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ sweeping ethics and elections legislation on Tuesday, a filibuster ...

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Pelosi to announce this week whether she will create Jan. 6 select committee
Tue, Jun 22, 2021
By Sarah Ferris and Nicholas Wu
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce this week whether she will create a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, weeks after Republicans blocked a bipartisan probe under pressure from former President Donald Trump. ...

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Senate Republicans block Dems' sweeping elections reform bill
Tue, Jun 22, 2021
By Marianne LeVine and Zach Montellaro
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stands with Sens. Raphael Warnock and Amy Klobuchar while speaking with reporters before a vote on the For the People Act.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ sweeping elections and ethics reform bill on Tuesday, renewing calls from progressives to nix the legislative filibuster. In a 50-50 vote, the Senate failed to move forward on the legislation, a top priorit ...

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Manchin holds out until last minute on elections vote
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
By Burgess Everett
Sen. Joe Manchin talks to his staff on the Senate subway after working behind closed doors with other Democrats in a basement room at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Sen. Joe Manchin declined on Monday to commit to advancing Democrats’ sweeping elections bill, saying he would need more assurances that his proposed changes would be adopted. It may seem like a picayune matter given that no Republicans support ...

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Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure deal nears its big reveal
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
By Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is a key member of the bipartisan group that's racing to finalize an accord on infrastructure.
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Senate’s bipartisan group is racing to finalize an accord on infrastructure, hoping to clinch a deal totaling $579 billion in new spending as soon as this week. The group of 21 senators, roughly evenly split between both parties, is sketchi ...

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