Washington Supreme Court Accepts Commission’s Congressional Map

Washington’s Supreme Court declined to redraw political district lines and accepted final maps from the state’s redistricting commission even though it technically missed a deadline.

Biden Touts Mixed Jobs Report; House Readies New Defense Bill

President Joe Biden said he’s optimistic that more Americans are getting back to work after the country’s unemployment rate fell in a mixed jobs report today. Meanwhile, the House next week may take up a compromise defense policy bill in order to overcome an impasse on the legislation in the Senate.

What to Know in Washington: Shutdown Avoided Ahead of Deadline

Lawmakers sent President Joe Biden a stopgap spending measure last night, avoiding a lapse in government funding that was set to expire after midnight tonight. Republicans are learning lessons from last month’s elections, and are pushing to make education a central feature of their 2022 campaigns.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Hospitals Worry as Stopgap Snubs Medicare

Hospital and provider groups are growing fearful that Congress won’t act to prevent billions in cuts to Medicare payments scheduled to start next year after lawmakers failed to deal with them in a government spending bill that lawmakers cleared yesterday.

Trump-Era Mexico Policy to Return After Court Snubbed Biden (1)

The Biden administration is set to restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” border program next week despite denouncing the policy as inherently flawed with “unjustifiable human costs.”

What to Know in Washington: U.S. Totters Toward Weekend Shutdown

The U.S. government is less than two days from shutting down, as lawmakers yesterday continued to negotiate—without a deal—how to sustain funding for federal programs into January while appeasing Republicans who vowed to delay a vote. If a single Senate Republican votes against unanimous consent, the chamber would need to begin a process that would…

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Justices Signal Major Pullback on Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservatives suggested they are poised to curb abortion rights and uphold Mississippi’s ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy, as the court tackled its most consequential reproductive-rights case in a generation.

Supply Chain Fixes Pushed by House Democrats Facing Tough Races

More than 20 House Democrats, including several facing tough re-elections, are asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to allow votes on legislation to ease supply chain bottlenecks that have led to shortages, shipping delays and rising inflation and have contributed to a decline in President Joe Biden’s approval ratings.

Transportation Leader Slot Up For Grabs as DeFazio Retires (1)

The future of Democrats’ transportation and infrastructure agenda will be shaped by a new voice in the next Congress.

Democrats Blast Wisconsin Supreme Court Redistricting Decision

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to adopt a minimal approach to redrawing the state’s political districts is a win for Republicans and a setback for Democrats, who could lose one of their three current congressional seats in the state next year as the party labors to hold its slim House majority.
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