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Byron Donalds Denied Congressional Black Caucus Membership

Byron Donalds Denied Congressional Black Caucus Membership

The Congressional Black Caucus is blocking membership to Rep. Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida who has tried to join the organization, a source familiar with the CBC's plans told BuzzFeed News. It’s been six months since the members who won election in 2020 were inducted into the CBC, a powerful and nominally nonpartisan group of Black lawmakers in Congress. Donalds, who won election for the first time last year, has not been included in that group. The Florida representative’s office said Donalds has talked to at least three members of the CBC about joining the group, whose...

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Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Biden addresses the nation. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesThe unanimous guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin are a huge relief for Washington’s political establishment but seem unlikely to rush in the systemic overhauls George Floyd’s family and civil rights and progressive leaders seek.The big picture: An acquittal or mistrial involving the former police officer would have unleashed violence and days more of protests — and added bipartisan pressure to act on criminal and police reform.Yes, but: Several Democrats still hope...

Apr 21
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GOP lawmaker donates Gaetz campaign contributions to victims of abuse

GOP lawmaker donates Gaetz campaign contributions to victims of abuse

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesRep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), who defeated a Democratic incumbent in 2020 to take back the seat he previously held in Congress, is donating campaign contributions from Rep. Matt Gaetz to an organization that supports victims of domestic abuse.Why it matters: The embattled Florida lawmaker faces escalating political struggles after the Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid her to travel with him. Gaetz .Friends of Matt Gaetz, the lawmaker's...

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House chamber hardened into safe room with bulletproof doors

House chamber hardened into safe room with bulletproof doors

Photo: Kadia Goba/AxiosThe House chamber is being transformed into a massive safe room for members with the addition of bulletproof doors.Why it matters: One of the most dramatic images from the Jan. 6 attack was Capitol Police officers inside the chamber holding protesters at bay by pointing their guns at them after they broke windows in the doors. The new doors will provide fresh fortification.Details: An Axios reporter leaving the Capitol on Wednesday night saw workers removing doors on one of the double-doored entrances to the gallery one level above the floor of the chamber. Some...

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Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate: New taxes and filibuster limits

Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate: New taxes and filibuster limits

President Biden speaks yesterday on the Atlanta killings. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate — new taxes and new filibuster limits. Both will make the $1.9 trillion spending bill look easy and calm.Why it matters: Biden wants to reform voting laws and dramatically increase infrastructure spending. It's doubtful Republicans will rush to truly help on either front.Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to blow up the Senate to preserve the legislative filibuster rule, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is...

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25% of House not vaccinated as some members refuse to get shot

25% of House not vaccinated as some members refuse to get shot

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosUncertainty about why only 75% of the House is confirmed as vaccinated against the coronavirus is fueling a debate about when the chamber can return to its normal rules of operation.Between the lines: The other 25% of members have either refused to get the vaccine, have not reported getting it at home or are avoiding it because of medical conditions. Until the Office of Attending Physician is clear about this, it can't make recommendations "regarding the modification or relaxation of existing social distancing guidelines."Why it matters: Multiple waves of...

Mar 14
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Capitol review panel recommends boosting security with more police, mobile fencing

Capitol review panel recommends boosting security with more police, mobile fencing

Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty ImagesA panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.The highlights of the recommendations by the Capitol review panel, appointed by House Speaker Nancy...

Mar 5
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More than a dozen Republicans ditched a vote on the $2 trillion COVID relief bill to attend CPAC

More than a dozen Republicans ditched a vote on the $2 trillion COVID relief bill to attend CPAC

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesCPAC proved such a draw, conservative Republicans chose the conference over their constituents. Why it matters: More than a dozen House Republicans voted by proxy on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in Washington so they could speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC. And Sen. Ted Cruz skipped an Air Force One flight as President Biden flew to Cruz's hometown of Houston to survey storm damage.The big picture: CPAC attracted a bevy of Republicans across four days, some simply looking for the...

Feb 28
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House Democrats quietly push for Shalanda Young to replace Neera Tanden as Biden's OMB choice

House Democrats quietly push for Shalanda Young to replace Neera Tanden as Biden's OMB choice

Neera Tanden. Photo: Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty ImagesHouse Democratic leaders are quietly mounting a campaign for Shalanda Young, a longtime congressional aide, to replace Neera Tanden as nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. Why it matters: The nascent campaign for Young, who would be OMB's first Black female leader, reflects a stark reality taking hold in the Democratic Party: Tanden's prospects are rapidly fading.Driving the news: Tanden’s candidacy suffered a further setback Monday when Republican Sens. Susan Collins of...

Feb 23
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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers emerge as troublemakers

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers emerge as troublemakers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosSeveral Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership. Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms. Axios spoke with a number of congressional sources about whom they find to be the most unpredictable and headache-inducing. Here's what they said:Republicans:Democrats:Be...

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