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Git-r-done delegation: State ranked OK on congressional effectiveness

They didn’t have the high profiles or long tenure of some other members of Congress, but Arizona lawmakers in the last Congress ranked relatively high on a recent scorecard of congressional effectiveness. The Center for Effective Lawmaking study, by researchers at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, ranked members on the amount of substantive legislation they

U.S. Government

Biden leaves door open for Senate changes to advance agenda

President Joe Biden at his first news conference left the door open to backing fundamental changes in Senate procedure to muscle key parts of his agenda like immigration and voting rights past Republican opposition “if there’s complete lockdown and chaos.” Even as his administration navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic damage, Biden is

National

Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

Democrats’ hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead Monday as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package. Four days after the chamber’s parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure,

COVID-19

House nears relief bill passage; Dems mull wage hike rescue

Democrats edged a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package to the brink of House passage late Friday, even as party leaders sought to assure agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the sweeping measure, which embodies President Joe Biden’s plan to flush

Impeachment

5 key questions for Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

Arguments begin Tuesday in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A look at five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists :

Impeachment

Democrat floats Trump censure as conviction grows unlikely

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday that he’s discussing with colleagues whether a censure resolution to condemn former President Donald Trump for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could be an alternative to impeachment, even as the Senate proceeds with a trial. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said

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