Politics

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Delta variant and Covid-19 cases on the rise
The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report states, "During June 19–July 23, 2021, COVID-19 cases increased approximately 300% nationally, followed by increases in hospitalizations and deaths, driven by the highly transmissible B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant* of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19." The CDC has prepared a confidential document that reportedly gives the magnitude of the threat posed by the Delta variant and suggests aggressive action to counter it.
 
Eviction moratorium expires
As the eviction moratorium comes to an end, an estimated 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction. The moratorium was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the COVID-19 crisis when jobs were lost, and workers lost their income.
 
Illegal migration remained high in June
Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar and Republican Senator Lindsey O. Graham wrote a letter addressed to Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling on them to name a "border czar" by "special executive appointment." The letter asks Biden to name someone that will coordinate efforts to reduce the influx of migrants at the southern border.
 
Senate continues work on infrastructure plan
The US Senate worked on the infrastructure bill in a rare Saturday session. The Senate voted 66-28 on Friday to take up the bill, with 16 Republicans, all 48 Democrats, and two independents in support.
 
DOJ sues Texas over migrant transport
The US Justice Department sued Texas and the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, Friday over the state's executive order restricting the travel of undocumented migrants. Abbott signed an order on Wednesday permitting only federal, state, or law enforcement officials to provide ground transport for illegal migrants.
 
Justice Department wants Trump’s IRS returns to be handed over to Congress
The Justice Department said the Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee, former President Trump's tax returns. Every US President since 1976 has released their tax returns even though it is not required by law - except former President Trump.
 
Trump allegedly pressured DOJ to overturn 2020 Election result
On July 30th, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, published handwritten evidence that indicates former President Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to overturn the 2020 Election result. The former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard P. Donoghue took notes of a telephonic conversation between Trump and the then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on December 27th, 2020.
 
US Congress passes Capitol Security Bill
The House and Senate passed a $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill on Thursday. The bill now awaits President Joe Biden's signature. The bill passed 98-0 in the Senate on Thursday afternoon, and the House passed it immediately after, voting 416-11.
 
Senate votes to open debate on bipartisan infrastructure bill
On July 28th, a group of 21 senators led by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) announced a bipartisan infrastructure bill with a proposed federal investment worth $550 billion. Following the announcement, the Senate voted 67-32 to open debate on the bipartisan bill - 50 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted to advance discussion.
 
Capitol police officers testify in Jan 6th investigation
On Tuesday, four Capitol and Metropolitan Police officers testified in the first hearing of the new House committee investigating the January 6th riot at the Capitol. Tuesday's hearing was primarily focused on the officers and their experience fighting off the crowd for several hours.