HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Paid Leave Advocates Turn to HHS’s Becerra

Paid-leave advocates are turning to an old ally to fight for a new entitlement program guaranteeing all workers access to some paid medical and parental leave—Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Texas GOP Creates House Pickup Opportunity in Hispanic District

A Hispanic-majority congressional district in south Texas that was a Democratic stronghold until the 2020 election emerged from redistricting as the state’s only battleground district and a test case for Republicans.

Biden Court Picks Fast-Tracked as Democrats Follow GOP Playbook

Senate Democrats are embracing many of the hardball judicial confirmation tactics they once criticized Republicans for using as they press to fill dozens of federal vacancies before the 2022 midterm elections.

Democrats Aim to Keep Immigration Options Open in Latest Move

House Democrats plan to advance an already rejected immigration proposal to offer a pathway to legal status for millions of undocumented people, though whether the provision will land in a final package remains to be seen.

Private Insurers to Be Covered Under Democrats’ Drug Price Caps

Caps on drug price increases will extend to private, employer-sponsored insurance plans under Democrats’ drug pricing legislation, Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Tuesday.

Democrats Pressed to Finalize Deal; First Female FCC Head Tapped

Democratic lawmakers say a deal on their tax and social spending plan is imminent, but members are still negotiating issues such as bank data reporting and state and local tax breaks. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden tapped Jessica Rosenworcel to be the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the Federal Communications Commission today, teeing…

‘Democracy Under Threat’ in Florida: Ballots & Boundaries

Florida’s election supervisors have a message for elected officials perpetuating lies about voting fraud: Stop it!

What to Know in Washington: Trump Tax Cuts Poised to Stay

President Joe Biden will likely be unable to keep one of his key campaign promises—to roll back his predecessor’s historically unpopular 2017 tax cuts—because of unyielding resistance among even some in his own party to raise taxes.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Democrats Mull Dropping Medicare, Medicaid

Two significant elements of Democrats’ ambitious health agenda, expanding Medicare and Medicaid, face an uphill battle after a key party moderate signaled his opposition Monday.

Highway, Transit Lapse Looms Again as Democrats Wrangle Agenda

The clock is once again ticking for lawmakers to prevent another lapse in federal highway and transit programs.
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