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Weekly Wrap-Up: March 01-05

Updated: Mar 5

Highlights from the Week


1. Last week the House passed the American Rescue Act, which establishes additional relief for the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. Click here to see how they voted and here to read statements from your congressional representatives about what’s in this next package.


2. As part of the next relief package, Congress is debating whether or not to raise the minimum wage. Click here to read what your representatives are saying.


3. This week the Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education. Click here to see how they voted.


4. This week the Senate confirmed Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce. Click here to see how they voted.


5. Last week the House passed the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Click here to see how they voted.


6. Click here to see what Congress is saying this week about COVID-19.




Elections

By James and the Elections Research team


Want to get in contact with your elected Congressional representatives of the 127th Congress? Click here to see the full list of representatives, and click on their name to view their contact information.

Election Results:

AL State Senate 26, CA State Senate 30, CT State Senate 27, MA State House 19th Suffolk


Officials

By Annie, Chelsea, and the Officials Research team


Public Statements: 1,895 statements were added this week


Key Votes:

  • States: 49 bills added

. Voting rights legislation so far this year

. The Missouri House passed a bill that would require photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

. The Idaho House passed a bill that would prohibit certain ballot collection practices, commonly known as ballot harvesting.

. The Montana House passed a bill that would rescind gubernatorial power to suspend election laws during a state of emergency.

  • Congress: 6 bills added

. HR 1: Vote to pass a bill that expands voter registration and voting access, limits removing voters from voter rolls, and requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions.

. HR 1280: Vote to pass a bill that requires increased accountability for law enforcement misconduct, increases transparency and data collection, and prohibits discriminatory policing practices.



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