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Warrants Served to Texas Dems, but Holdout on Voter Reform Bill Continues

Officers of the Texas House of Representatives delivered civil arrest warrants for more than 50 absent Democrats on Wednesday as frustrated Republicans ratcheted up efforts to end a standoff over a sweeping elections bill that stretched into its 31st day.

But after sergeants-at-arms finished making the rounds inside the Texas Capitol — dropping off copies of the warrants at Democrats’ offices, and politely asking staff to tell their bosses to please return — there were few signs the stalemate that began when Democrats fled to Washington, D.C., in July in . . .

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Democrat Sen. Manchin Objects to $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill

Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday said he had serious concerns about Senate Democrats’ planned $3.5 trillion spending plan, potentially gumming up efforts to move ahead with President Joe Biden’s top priorities.

The Democrat-led Senate approved a blueprint for the plan early on Wednesday morning in a 50-49 vote along party lines, after lawmakers sparred over the need for huge spending to fight climate change and poverty.

Now Biden’s Democratic Party embarks on weeks of debates about priorities including universal preschool, affordable housing and climate-friendly technologies, with progressives like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seeking . . .

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Senate Infrastructure Vote Planned for 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday

After weeks of fits, starts and delays, the Senate is on track to give final approval to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans prepared to lift the first phase of President Joe Biden’s rebuilding agenda to passage.

Final Senate votes are expected around 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, and the bill would then go to the House.

All told, some 70 senators appear poised to carry the bipartisan package to passage, a potentially robust tally of lawmakers eager to tap the billions in new . . .

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Gov. Cuomo Grilled for 11 Hours in Contentious Interview

Investigators grilled New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo for 11 hours last month as they look into allegations of sexual misconduct both in the workplace and at the governor’s mansion, according to reports.

The interviews under oath were led by former prosecutor Joon Kim and employment lawyer and got contentious at times, with Cuomo questioning Kim’s “fairness and independence,” The New York Times reported.

The investigation is nearly complete and a report to New York Democrat Attorney General Letitia James is expected in August, sources told The Wall Street Journal. That report will also be reviewed by . . .

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Sen. Collins: At Least 10 GOP Senators Will Vote for Infrastructure Bill

Sen. Susan Collins, one of the negotiators working on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, said Sunday lawmakers are “just about finished” working up the language of the legislation and she believes that at least 10 Republican senators will vote to pass the bill this week. 

“Large parts of the text have already been shared with Senate offices,” the Maine Republican told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Overnight we’ve been finishing up the spending provisions, appropriations provisions, and marrying them to the bill. We really are just about finished.”

She acknowledged it is difficult to “translate an agreement into actual bill language,” but Friday night the . . .

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$1 trillion infrastructure plan clears another Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate further advanced a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan Friday with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear one more hurdle and bracing to see if support can hold during the next few days of debate and efforts to amend it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the chamber should be able to process the legislation quickly given the bipartisan support. But as the day dragged into evening, the full text of what promises to be a . . .

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