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What to Know in Washington: Infrastructure Talks Hit Snags

Attempts to craft a bipartisan infrastructure plan hit multiple obstacles that again pushed Senate negotiators past another deadline to reach a deal.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Anti-Vaccine Amendments Signal GOP Divides

Several House Republicans attempted to add Covid-related provisions to a must-pass federal spending bill that contrast with party leaders’ recent efforts to encourage vaccinations.

Transit Spending Pitched as Means to Boost Equity, Aid Climate

Boosting transit funding would advance racial equity, an advocacy campaign is arguing as it seeks to influence lawmakers’ work on a major infrastructure package.

GOP Lawmakers Push Anti-Vaccine Amendments in Spending Package

Several House Republicans are attempting to add Covid-related provisions to a must-pass federal spending bill that contrast with party leaders’ recent efforts to encourage vaccinations.

What Gerrymandering Means and Why It’s Here to Stay: QuickTake

Gerrymandering, the process of drawing congressional district lines (in sometimes absurd ways) to fortify one political party at the expense of another, is as old as the U.S. republic. Good-government groups grouse that it lets politicians choose their constituents, rather than the other way around. As district lines are adjusted to reflect the 2020 U.S.…

Disabled Face Transit Barriers Decades After Landmark Law (1)

Keyonna Mayo, a Baltimore resident who uses a wheelchair, rides the city’s subway to get around — if the elevators are working and the sidewalks around stations have ramps.

What to Know in Washington: Infrastructure Talks Near Finish

Senators negotiating a $579 billion infrastructure package are aiming to finish negotiations early this week, under pressure from colleagues to salvage an August recess and to allow the Senate to turn to preventing a government shutdown and debt ceiling default in the fall.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Democrats’ Health Plans Hinge on Drug Bill

Democrats’ ambitious plans to add new benefits to Medicare and bolster Obamacare this year hinge on delivering a major drug pricing package, putting pressure on committee leaders to find legislation the entire party can embrace.

Drug Pricing Will Make or Break Democrats’ Health Care Agenda

Democrats’ ambitious plans to add new benefits to Medicare and bolster Obamacare this year hinge on delivering a major drug pricing package, putting pressure on committee leaders to find legislation the entire party can embrace.

Special Elections Test Trump’s Clout, Highlight Democratic Split

Special elections to fill four vacant House districts are highlighting skirmishes within the parties as well as testing the influence of Donald Trump’s sway over Republican voters.
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