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Republicans plan to block vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing for more time to write it

July 21, 2021
Manu Raju, Alex Rogers | CNN
Senate Republicans are expected to block a vote Wednesday to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, as they push for more time to strike a deal with Democrats and write the legislation.
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Senate Democrats announce plans for $3.5 trillion budget package to expand Medicare, advance Biden priorities

July 14, 2021
Seung Min Kim, Tony Romm, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
Senate Democrats on Tuesday reached an early agreement to pursue a sweeping $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that would expand Medicare benefits, boost federal safety net programs and combat climate change, aiming to sidestep Republican opposition and deliver on President Biden’s top economic priorities.
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Pressured by allies, Biden escalates fight for voting rights

July 13, 2021
Jonathan Lemire | AP News
President Joe Biden will lay out the “moral case” for voting rights as he faces growing pressure from civil rights activists and other Democrats to combat efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot.
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Biden Seeks to Confront Crime While Supporting Police Reform

July 13, 2021
Michael Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs | The New York Times
President Biden said on Monday that Americans owed law enforcement and community leaders “big time” as he met with mayors and police chiefs from some of the nation’s largest cities, sending a clear signal to progressives in his party and Republican critics that he would crack down on crime.
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Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal could face key Senate GOP defections

July 13, 2021
Manu Raju, Lauren Fox, Ted Barrett | CNN
Several GOP senators who initially endorsed a bipartisan infrastructure deal are warning they may ultimately vote against it as it moves through the legislative process, a sign of the daunting hurdles ahead as proponents try to push the massive proposal through the evenly divided chamber by next month.
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