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Three senators test positive for COVID in breakthrough cases

Aug 19 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — Three senators said Thursday they have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, a high-profile collection of breakthrough cases that comes as the highly infectious delta variant spreads rapidly across the United States. Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., all said they have tested positive for the […]

House poised to approve $715 billion transportation bill

Jul 1 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House is set to approve a sizable $715 billion transportation bill Thursday, a potential investment in roads, rail, public transit and water that could serve as a marker in the negotiations over a bipartisan infrastructure package. President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have already agreed to a […]

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun 17 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president. Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted […]

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

Jun 17 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House, with President Joe Biden's backing, passed legislation Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq, a step that supporters said was necessary for Congress to reassert its constitutional duty to weigh in on matters of war. Detractors worried it would embolden militias or terrorist […]

Schumer, White House back repeal of Iraq War authorization

Jun 16 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are endorsing efforts to terminate the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq, a step that supporters say is necessary to constrain presidential war powers even though it is unlikely to affect U.S. military operations around the world. Schumer announced Wednesday that he […]

Senate votes to confirm Biden pick for DC appeals court

Jun 14 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed the first appellate court judge of President Joe Biden’s tenure, elevating a judge with strong prospects of landing on the president's short list should a Supreme Court vacancy arise. Senators voted 53-44 to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Court of Appeals for the District […]

Vaccinated lawmakers get to take off their masks in House

Jun 11 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — Fully vaccinated members of Congress and staffers will no longer have to wear masks on the House floor and in committee rooms, the Office of the Attending Physician said Friday, delighting some GOP lawmakers who have been chafing at the mask-wearing requirements. The new protocol came nearly a month after vaccinated Americans […]

Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

Jun 8 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote for the bill demonstrates how confronting China economically is an issue that unites both parties […]