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Democrats stage mass walkout, prevent vote on Texas election law bill

May 31, 2021
Texas Democrats staged a mass walkout late Sunday night as a last-ditch effort to stave off a vote on a GOP “election integrity” initiative that would overhaul the state’s voting laws, reports said.  “Members, take your key and leave the chamber discreetly,” state Rep. Chris Turner, the Democratic caucus chair of the house, wrote in

After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

May 27, 2021
WASHINGTON — With a showdown coming over the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, Democrats are finally bumping up against the limits of what they can accomplish in the evenly divided Senate without changes to the filibuster rules.Republicans who see the commission as a threat to their midterm election

Africa: House Democrats Press Biden for TIPS Patent Waiver to Boost Covid Vaccine Production

May 4, 2021
A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Biden calling for a waiver to allow other countries, many in poor regions of the world, to manufacture their own doses of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been created by pharmaceuticals companies funded by U.S. taxpayers. The letter was

Black Democrats, Conflicted on a Voting Rights Push, Fear It’s Too Late

April 26, 2021
To Jackson’s tight-knit voting rights community, members of which view themselves as torchbearers in the mold of Mr. Figgers and Mr. Evers, it’s all evidence of a lingering absence of urgency.“If the people who were most impacted by this were white people, Democrats would’ve done something about this a long time ago,” said Rukia Lumumba,

Unity Proves Elusive in Democrats’ Fight for $15

February 27, 2021
Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.If the Democrats have a problem, it’s with the working class. Their support from voters without college degrees (particularly white voters, but not exclusively) has been slipping in recent years.The Republican Party, meanwhile, finds its own base more heavily tilted than ever before toward

Democrats march ahead with critical COVID-19 relief while Republicans whine

February 22, 2021
Campaign Action That would certainly ease passage of the bill, if the Senate didn’t have to take votes on overruling the Parliamentarian on whether that piece of the bill can stay in. If the Parliamentarian accepts it, it will stay in the bill on the House side. If she says it doesn’t stay in, the

Democrats plan child care boost, as Cheney doubles down on Trump criticism

February 7, 2021
US president Joe Biden (AP)GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney has called on fellow party members to turn away from President Donald Trump, asserting that her party should “not be embracing the former president” after he incited violence at the US Capitol last month.Speaking with Fox News Sunday, Ms Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House,

Senate Republicans tried to force Democrats to take a tough vote on a $15 minimum wage but it did not go as planned

February 5, 2021
Drew Angerer/Staff/Getty ImagesThe Senate unanimously voted to prohibit raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour during the pandemic, which neither party ever supported.The amendment was proposed by Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa.The effort came as Democrats are trying to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package.Visit the Business section of Insider for more

Biden And Democrats Step On The Gas And Blow Past Republican Griping About COVID Relief Bill

February 2, 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that with President Biden’s support, Democrats would use reconciliation to pass COVID relief. Video of Schumer: Schumer said: Schumer: “The details are going to be worked out as we go through the committee process, and we hope Republicans will join us, but we are not going to dilute

Democrats Work to Defy History in Georgia Runoffs That Have Favored G.O.P.

November 15, 2020
WASHINGTON — A first-term senator in Georgia narrowly bested his opponent, outrunning his party’s standard-bearer only to face voters again a few weeks later under a quirky system that briefly made the state the center of the political universe after a hard-fought presidential election.The year was 1992, and Senator Wyche Fowler Jr., a Democrat, had
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