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House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. The federal government faces a shutdown if funding stops on Sept. 30, the end of

Opinion

Opinion: A Proposed Law Would Break the Internet

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a law that would break the internet as we know it. Dressed up in legalese as a ban on “self-preferencing” by large platform companies, the effect would be to make the internet much less useful and valuable to all of us. Whatever you may think of big tech,

National

Senators try to salvage legislation on Jan. 6 commission

Senators labored Tuesday to find a path forward for legislation creating a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection, debating potential changes in a long-shot attempt to overcome growing GOP opposition. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin are leading the informal talks, according to two people familiar with the effort. The talks are,

National

House OKs ERA bill, Violence Against Women Act in Women’s History Month

With Women’s History Month as a backdrop, the House last week voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and remove the 1982 deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. House Democratic women dressed in suffragette white to commemorate the occasion and to usher through what they called landmark legislation

COVID-19

Republicans test history in vote against pandemic relief

With the nation’s financial system on the brink of collapse, all but three Republicans voted against the massive stimulus package designed to protect millions of Americans from financial ruin. It was early 2009, just weeks after Joe Biden was sworn in as vice president, and the vote marked the beginning of a new era of

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House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights

The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups “the full equality under the law they deserve.” But critics of the Equality Act blasted it as a measure that will trample on religious freedom and individual rights, and ultimately

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