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Weekly Wrap-Up: August 16-20

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Highlights from the Week

Last week the United States withdrew the majority of its troops from Afghanistan. Since then, government leaders have fled the country, and the Taliban has taken over the capital city of Kabul. Read President Joe Biden’s address to the nation regarding his administration’s decision here. Click here to read the latest reactions from your representatives.

This week the Biden Administration announced a 27% increase in food stamp benefits, marking the largest increase in the program’s history. Click here to read statements from your representatives.

Haitian officials have confirmed the deaths of over 2,000 people after the nation was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Click here to read President Joe Biden’s statement on the earthquake and see reactions from your representatives here.

U.S. health officials announced a plan this week to begin offering a Covid-19 booster shot in September. Click here to read the latest from your representatives about the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.


By Makala and the Elections Research team

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CT State Senate 36


By Chelsea and the Officials Research team

Public Statements: 915 statements were added this week

Key Votes:

  • Congress: 0 bills added

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