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April 16, 2021

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Florida House Passes Bill Restricting Girls Sports to Females

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 77-40 to pass legislation prohibiting transgender athletes from playing girls’ sports.

With eyes on Russia, senators seek to prevent any U.S. president from leaving NATO

Fifteen Democratic and Republican U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would bar any U.S. president from withdrawing from the NATO military alliance without Senate approval.

Parts of Virginia airport under evacuation over bomb threat

Parts of a Virginia airport are under an evacuation notice after authorities responded to a bomb threat.

Biden administration releasing $39B to help early childhood educators, child care providers

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is releasing $39 billion in funding for the child care industry from the American Rescue Plan.

DOJ asks Supreme Court to decline to hear suit claiming all-male draft is discriminatory

The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to decline to hear a lawsuit alleging that the U.S.’s all-male military draft amounts to unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of sex.

U.S. Senate committee backs Biden nominee Power to lead USAID

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed on Thursday by unanimous voice vote President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, clearing the way for her consideration by the full Senate.

Chip Roy to introduce legislation classifying drug cartels as terrorist organizations

Republican Rep. Chip Roy is set to introduce legislation that would designate drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

EXCLUSIVE: Senate Republicans push for national commission to balance budget

Senate Republicans will introduce legislation Thursday to create a new bipartisan national commission to reduce the deficit and balance the federal budget within 10 years.

Biden is asking Congress for $670M to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic

Even before the coronavirus pandemic has ended, President Biden is gearing up to tackle another public health crisis — this time for good. In his request for discretionary funding from Congress, Biden requested $670 million with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

House Panel Studies Slavery Reparations Ahead of Key Vote

A U.S.congressional panel Wednesday began a much-anticipated debate on federal slavery reparation payments to African Americans, ahead of a historic first vote on an issue gaining momentum during the nation’s intensifying discussions over race.

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