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Progressive ‘Squad’ Members Camp outside Capitol to Protest Evictions

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) speaks in Boston, Mass., March 24, 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Members of the progressive “Squad” slept outside the Capitol on Friday night to protest the end of the federal eviction moratorium.  Representatives Cori Bush (D., Mo.), Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) camped outside the Capitol after the House left for summer recess without enough votes to pass legislation to extend the eviction moratorium before it is set to expire on Sunday.  “Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes. I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We’ve still got work to do,” Bush, who has been homeless herself, wrote in a tweet. Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes. I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We’ve still got work to do. pic.twitter.com/9l52lWBM73 — Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 31, 2021 “Congress is at recess. How do we do vacation when we know our people are about to be on the street?” Bush told a reporter.  “Housing is a basic necessity. How dare we not make sure our people have it?” Bush added. “That’s the least we can do is make sure your basic needs are met.” Meanwhile, Omar tweeted that “so many people are at risk of homelessness in our district and many have already experienced it. We are out here for them.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691beeb4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691beeb4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691beeb4 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691beeb4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf15a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf15a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf15a { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf15a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf244 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf244 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf244 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf244 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf315 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf315 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf315 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61057691bf315 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } We are here! So many people are at risk of homelessness in our district and many have already experienced it. We are out here for them. https://t.co/cLtcF6bfAd — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 31, 2021 Pressley said, “We’ve got you, Sis. Extend the #EvictionMoratorium.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) unsuccessfully tried to pass a bill on Friday that would have extended the moratorium through October 18. Republican opposition and Democrats’ inability to coalesce around a plan caused the bill to fail. House Democrats were given little notice to pursue such legislation as President Biden only called on Congress to extend the eviction ban one day earlier. He said he no longer had the authority to extend the ban because of a Supreme Court ruling. The moratorium was initially imposed by the CDC last September as a measure meant to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. The Supreme Court left the eviction ban in place in a 5-4 vote last month after the Alabama Association of Realtors challenged the moratorium. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a concurring opinion that he voted not to end the program only because it was set to expire in a month “and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution” of the funds that Congress appropriated for rental assistance to those in need because of the pandemic. He said Congress would have to pass new legislation to extend the moratorium any longer. On Saturday morning, Bush continued to advocate for an extension of the moratorium. “Good morning. The eviction moratorium expires tonight at midnight. We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead,” she wrote in a tweet. “We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs. Today’s their last chance. We’re still here,” Bush said. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Unemployed Tennesseans Sue State, Governor to Reinstate Federal Jobless Benefits

(iStock/Getty Images Plus) Seven Tennessee residents filed a lawsuit this week against Governor Bill Lee after the Republican pulled out of the federal unemployment benefits program earlier this month, more than two months before it was set to expire. Tennessee was one of several states to cut off the $300-per-week unemployment bonus early over concerns that it was serving as an incentive for residents to remain unemployed. “We will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennesseans have access to more than 250,000 jobs in our state,” Lee said in a statement at the time. “Families, businesses and our economy thrive when we focus on meaningful employment and move on from short-term, federal fixes.” However, some residents have said they are struggling to make ends meet on state-funded benefits alone, which amount to roughly $275-per-week.  While Fox 17 News reported that there are roughly 270,000 job openings across the state, the plaintiffs in the suit say they have unsuccessfully applied to hundreds of jobs.  #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f542 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f6cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f6cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f6cf { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f6cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f756 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f756 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f756 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f756 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f7d7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f7d7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f7d7 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610569d40f7d7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The suit, filed Monday in Middle Tennessee District Court, asks the court to order Lee to immediately reinstate the benefits. Other states that have pulled out of the benefits program have faced similar lawsuits. Residents in Indiana and Maryland won their legal battle, while cases in Florida and Texas are pending. A judge in Arkansas ruled on Thursday that the state must restart the federal unemployment benefits while the lawsuit winds its way through the court system. Also on Thursday, an Ohio state judge denied a request to restore the $300 weekly benefit while he considers the case. Dee Bowen, a member of the Facebook group “Tennesseans Against Ending Benefits Early,” told the outlet that cases where residents have successfully fought to restore benefits give “a little hope that we can win too because we have similar laws.” Nashville attorneys W. Gary Blackburn and Bryant Kroll argue that the federal program “has served as a lifeline for thousands of Tennesseans who remain affected by the benefit.” A spokesperson for Lee’s administration told Fox 17 News that the governor is “focused on helping Tennesseans find meaningful employment and moving away from short-term, federal fixes. There are no plans for that to change.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Ron DeSantis Issues Order Making Masks Optional in Florida Schools

‘There will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,’ the governor said in a speech announcing the order.

Texas Governor Threatens Fines for Local Officials Who Enforce Mask Mandates

Texas governor Greg Abbott (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Texas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday threatened to issue fines to local officials who enforce new mask mandates. Abbott’s warning comes after the CDC reversed course earlier this week and recommended that people in areas with substantial spread of COVID-19 should wear masks indoors — including vaccinated individuals. The new guidance is the result of concerns over the highly transmissible Delta variant. “Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities,” Abbott said in a statement. The Republican governor issued an executive order on Thursday encouraging residents in areas with high transmission to “follow the safe practices they have already mastered,” such as wearing masks where social distancing is not feasible.  #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61035446379cd .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61035446379cd .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61035446379cd { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61035446379cd .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637bb0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637bb0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637bb0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637bb0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637c76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637c76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637c76 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637c76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637d35 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637d35 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637d35 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103544637d35 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } However, government entities including county, city, school-district, or public-health authorities cannot issue mask mandates. Local government entities that violate the policy and require face coverings may be fined up to $1,000. The order adds that government entities cannot “compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.”  Additionally, governmental agencies, public entities, and private entities that receive public funding cannot require proof of vaccination as a condition of receiving services. The order does not prohibit nursing homes or living facilities from requiring residents to be vaccinated. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Biden Admin Not Ruling Out Further Lockdowns If Scientists Recommend Them

President Joe Biden takes off his mask at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 28, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday would not rule out further lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 if scientists recommended such action. During a press briefing, Fox News’s Peter Doocy noted that President Biden had previously promised that no further lockdowns would be implemented.  However, Doocy asked why Americans should trust Biden, given that he had made a similar promise regarding masks, which the CDC began recommending again this week in areas of high or substantial spread, even for vaccinated people.  “Well, because we listen to the scientists,” Jean-Pierre said. “We listen to the experts. This is a public-health situation; this is not about politics at all. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6dc1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6dc1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6dc1 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6dc1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6fdb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6fdb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6fdb { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac6fdb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac70e3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac70e3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac70e3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac70e3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac720c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac720c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac720c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6103339ac720c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “This is about saving lives, and this is what the president is all about,” she added. “He wants to make sure that we are saving lives.” The deputy press secretary argued that data on the virus from the past six months shows that Biden has saved lives. “Now we’re at a point where we have to double down and make it very, very clear to people that we can’t let the pandemic win,” Jean-Pierre said. “We have to continue to fight.” Doocy then asked if the administration would support additional shutdowns if scientists recommended lockdowns and school closures. “Well, like I said, we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance; the CDC is a body that is very well-respected,” Jean-Pierre said. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Biden Orders Plans for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Military Personnel

U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. (Specialist Alec Dionne/US Army) President Biden announced Thursday that he has instructed military officials to craft a plan for making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for service personnel. “I think it’s going to happen,” Biden said of a military vaccine mandate during remarks at the White House. He said it was only a question of when. The news comes as Biden also announced that all federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly or twice weekly testing as well as mask mandates and distancing rules in the workplace. “After months and months of cases going down, we’re seeing a spike in COVID cases,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “Why? Because of this new form, this new variant called the delta variant.” The new rules for federal employees will affect more than 4 million Americans. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Biden Urges States to Offer $100 Vaccine Incentives

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House at a celebration of Independence Day in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) President Biden is urging state and local governments to use funds from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 response plan to offer $100 payments to newly vaccinated Americans to incentivize those who are vaccine-hesitant. The Treasury Department said Thursday that the payments would provide “an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives.”  “Treasury stands ready to give technical assistance to state and local governments so that they may use the funds effectively to support increased vaccination in their communities, and Treasury will partner with the Department of Health and Human Services throughout this effort,” it said. The Treasury Department first noted in May that state and local governments that received some of the $350 billion in funding from the COVID relief bill could use the money for vaccine incentive programs. A number of states created lotteries and did giveaways to try to encourage Americans to receive the shots. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f261 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f261 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f261 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f261 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f449 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f449 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f449 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f449 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f50e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f50e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f50e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f50e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f5cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f5cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f5cf { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030c149f5cf .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city will begin providing $100 to every New Yorker who receives their first dose of a vaccine at a city-run site. Now officials have urgently renewed their efforts to get more shots into arms as vaccination rates have leveled off and concern grows over the more contagious delta variant. Nearly 70 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, experts have warned that the delta variant is likely to spread rapidly in parts of the country where vaccination rates remain low. In an aboutface earlier this week, the CDC recommended that even vaccinated Americans wear face coverings indoors in areas of high and substantial transmission of COVID-19. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

House Passes Spending Bill That Would Fund Abortions with Tax Dollars

Pro-life activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington June 26, 2014. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) The House of Representatives voted 219-208 to pass a spending bill on Thursday that would not include the Hyde Amendment, a stipulation that prohibits taxpayer money from funding abortions, for the first time in 45 years. The Hyde Amendment bans federally funded programs such as Medicaid from paying for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of the woman’s life. However, while the spending bill narrowly passed in the Democrat-controlled House, it faces long odds in the evenly divided Senate. Moderate Democrats and Republicans have expressed opposition to removing abortion limits like the Hyde Amendment. Still, after the House passed the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill House Democrats celebrated it as a win for abortion access. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936912 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936912 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936912 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936912 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936b4f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936b4f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936b4f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936b4f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936bef .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936bef .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936bef { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936bef .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936c7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936c7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936c7b { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61030aa936c7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “Finally, the right to reproductive freedom has been recognized by the majority of Democrats,” Representative Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) said. Pro-life advocates have warned against doing away with the Hyde Amendment. Ahead of the vote on Thursday, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini called the amendment an important measure to “protect the American public from funding or providing abortions against their will.” “Pro-abortion Democrats have again eliminated pro-life riders,” like the Hyde Amendment, from the spending bill, Mancini said, according to the Washington Examiner. “No one should be forced to compromise their values, but especially not on this life-or-death issue.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Nine MS-13 Members Indicted in Murders, Kidnappings in Nashville

A migrant from Central America, who border patrol agents suspected was a member of MS-13, is handcuffed after being apprehended with a group of men who crossed into the United States from Mexico in La Joya, Texas, May 8, 2019. (Adrees Latif/Reuters) A federal grand jury in Nashville has indicted nine MS-13 gang members in multiple alleged crimes including seven murders, kidnappings, assaults, robberies and drug distribution, officials announced on Wednesday. All nine people are in federal custody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Tennessee. Those charged face anywhere between decades to life in prison if convicted. According to Diario El Heraldo in Honduras, seven of those charged are from Honduras, including Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 31, aka “El Serio”; Jason Sandoval, 35, aka “Bin Laden”; Jorge Flores, 29, aka “Peluche”; Kevin Tidwell, 28, aka “Miklo”; Jose Pineda-Caceres, 22, aka “Demente”; Franklin Hernandez, 22, aka “Happy”; and Luis Colindres, 24, aka “Listo.” Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, 34, of El Salvador, and Juan Melendez, of Lebanon, Tenn. were charged as well. The charges come as part of a 60-count, second superseding indictment involving an MS-13 gang sub-unit operated in Nashville since at least 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Pineda-Caceresa is accused in the homicides of Jorge Alejandro Potter Alvarado and Liliana Rodriguez.  #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f269f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f269f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f269f1 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f269f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26d9e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26d9e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26d9e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26d9e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26ef1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26ef1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26ef1 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f26ef1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f2702a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f2702a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f2702a { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6102fc3f2702a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Alvarado, 19, was shot to death in a Nashville field in April 2016, while Rodriguez, 18, was fatally shot in July 2016 in the back seat of a Ford Mustang driven by her brother on Interstate 24, according to the Tennessean. Flores and Tidwell are accused in the homicides of Ammerli Jose Garcia-Munoz and Jesus Alberto Flores. In May 2017, 25-year-old Garcia-Munoz was shot and killed in a strip mall parking lot. Alberto Flores, 24, was shot and killed on Antioch Pike that same month. Colindres is accused in the homicides of Yeri Hernandez Gabino, 29, and Hector Jose Pagada, 34, both of whom died from multiple gunshot wounds in an apartment complex parking lot. Jorge Flores, Hernandez and Colindres are accused in the death of a person who was shot and killed in September 2017 and placed in the trunk of a car that was set on fire.  “MS-13 is one of the most violent, ruthless and cold-blooded gangs to ever walk the face of the Earth,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Mary Jane Stewart said this week. Stewart announced the indictment alongside several other officials, including Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice Criminal Division Kenneth Polite Jr. and Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake. “Without a doubt, Nashville is safer today because of the work of our detectives and our state and federal counterparts,” Drake said during the briefing. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Senate Votes to Advance $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal

(rarrarorro/Getty Images) The Senate voted 67–32 to advance a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal on Wednesday night. The vote comes one month after negotiators initially said they had reached a deal on infrastructure. A bipartisan group of ten senators and the White House then spent weeks finalizing the details of the proposal. The 17 Republican senators who voted to move the bill to formal debate included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Todd Young (Ind.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Roy Blunt (Mo.), James Risch (Idaho), John Hoeven (N.D.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Kevin Cramer (N.D.) Senate Republicans last week blocked the start of formal debate on bipartisan infrastructure legislation as the text of the bill and cost of the proposal were not yet released. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b51e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b51e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b51e0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b51e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b551c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b551c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b551c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b551c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b55c9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b55c9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b55c9 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b55c9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b5669 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b5669 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b5669 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6101f490b5669 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } However, Republican senators who voted in favor of advancing the bill on Wednesday said this time around enough details had been agreed to in order to begin debate. “Reaching this agreement was no easy task — but our constituents expect us to put in the hard work and show that two parties can still work together to address the needs of the American people,” a bipartisan coalition of senators said in a statement. The procedural vote begins a debate that could last days. It is unclear whether the bill, which includes $550 billion in new public-works spending, will ultimately gain enough support to pass. According to Politico, the bill would be funded by $205 billion in unused coronavirus aid money, $53 billion in unused unemployment benefits, $49 billion for delaying a drug rebate rule and $56 billion in expected economic growth.  Republican lawmakers had demanded that the legislation be fully paid for. The measure includes $40 billion in new funding for bridge repair and replacement, $66 billion to modernize Amtrak and increase high-speed rail corridors across the country, $55 billion to rehabilitate clean water systems and another $65 billion to expand broadband to millions of Americans. It would also allocate $7.5 billion for electric charging stations and $73 billion for clean energy transmission “by building thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy,” according to the White House. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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