President Joe Biden has invited members of the group of 21 Republican and Democratic senators to the White House on Thursday.
The repeal legislation was passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 268-161. Forty-nine Republicans voted for the bill. Only one Democrat, Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, voted against it.
Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden, while the Senate passed the bill unanimously the day before.
The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are endorsing efforts to terminate the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq.
The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday and is expected to easily pass the House. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free.
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.
The news is delighting some GOP lawmakers who have been chafing at the mask-wearing requirements. Some had even flouted the rule and refused to wear a mask on the House floor, inviting fines.
The Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation aiming to boost semiconductor production in the U.S. The bill is a bid to protect economic and national security in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China.
Republicans are rebelling against the requirement that they wear a mask on the House floor. And that's stoking tensions with majority Democrats who still require masks despite updated guidance from federal health officials.
The Republican proposal would spend $568 billion over five years, while Biden has proposed spending $2.3 trillion over eight years. The Republicans reject Biden's proposal to pay for infrastructure by raising the corporate tax rate.
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