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Dark money, free speech addressed by H.R.1?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks onstage during a news conference before participating in the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks onstage during a news conference before participating in the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks onstage during a news conference before participating in the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 9:56 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Congress appears to be passing up an opportunity to address the issue of dark money in politics following past bipartisan attempts.

This comes as tensions appear to be growing on Capitol Hill over sweeping election reform proposed by House Democrats, which is something they said they would do last fall.

“We’re going to have H.R.1 right off the bat,” stated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “This is about cleaner government, so we can reduce the role of big, dark special interest money.”

@SpeakerPelosi has said that House Democrats in the next Congress are going to pass H.R. 1 “right off the bat.” This is great news for our democracy. We have to tackle the voter suppression, gerrymandering and dark money that have corrupted our nation for too long. pic.twitter.com/ajgXCMMqPt

— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) October 31, 2020

Lawmakers are mostly sparring over provisions that would federalize the election process among other related items.

“The bill would allow the sitting president to effectively appoint a majority at the FEC in his party,” explained David Keating, President of the Institute for Free Speech.

However, the debate is taking attention away from a problem both Democrats and Republicans have previously flagged: dark money.

Part of Democrats’ pitch in favor of election bill H.R.1 notes it shines a light on dark money in politics by enforcing transparency. They said it would boost online political ad disclosure and require organizations to disclose their large donors, but Republicans argue the proposal would push lawmakers to profit off elections.

“Members of Congress are able to funnel campaign contributions into their personal bank accounts by simply hiring their spouses as campaign consultants,” stated Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.). “In fact, one high profile member of the body — this body — exploited this loophole top the tune of $2.8 million in the last election cycle.”

By attaching unrelated items to the legislation, Democrats appear to be killing any chance of bipartisan reform when it comes to election spending. Republican lawmakers and other conservatives said they are doing so at the expense of the First Amendment.

“There’s about half of the bill that would restrict speech about campaigns, would restrict speech about members of Congress, would restrict speech about legislation coming up with in Congress,” Keating explained. “It would also get rid of the internet exception where organizations are allowed to speak to the public using websites like YouTube or social media.”

H.R. 1 allows political campaigns to be funded by federal money, undermines state voter ID laws, and enables ballot harvesting. This is a bad bill, and I oppose it. pic.twitter.com/Nku5ZuphyY

— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) March 2, 2021

Free speech advocates like Keating have warned that advocacy groups ranging from the Chamber of Commerce to the Sierra Club to pro-gun groups will likely be impacted. It would make their work more difficult. Opponents of H.R.1 are urging Congress against passing the legislation and, instead, consider reworking it to uphold free speech.

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Democrats unleash ‘monster’ voting reform bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference as the Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that enshrines protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws for LGBTQ people, a top priority of President Joe Biden, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference as the Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that enshrines protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws for LGBTQ people, a top priority of President Joe Biden, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 7:48 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lawmakers have returned to Capitol Hill to debate the highly controversial H.R.1 bill. Talks were set to resume Wednesday as the left attempts to distort election law forever.

House representatives recently began debating the 791 page Democrat legislation, which critics have said could lead to even more contested elections.

Dubbed the For the People Act 2021, H.R.1 would virtually reform every angle of election policy with automatic voter registration mandated early and absentee ballots as well as voting rights for convicted felons.

"It has never been more critical to provide election officials and the public peace of mind that every vote matters and is counted."—Chair @RepMaloney on why she supports H.R. 1, "For the People Act"

WATCH and SHARE: https://t.co/ADTJDeadSr

— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) March 2, 2021

President Trump denounced the bill as a “monster that must be stopped” while speaking at CPAC 2021.

“Do you know what HR1 is? It’s a disaster. Their bill would drastically restrict political speech, empower the federal government to shut down dissent and turn the federal election commission into a partisan political weapon,” he stated. “In addition, it virtually eliminates voter ID requirements nationwide, effectively ends all registration deadlines.”

The bill would also subsidize small political contributions given to lawmakers by matching donations with six times the donated amount in taxpayer dollars.

“Can you believe this?” President Trump asked. “Requires states to give ballots to felons, automatically registers every welfare recipient to vote and puts unaccountable un-elected bureaucrats in charge of drawing congressional districts, that’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The longer it takes to make H.R. 1 become law, the longer voters can be disenfranchised like this. It’s unacceptable. @HouseDemocrats are working to strengthen our democracy by expanding access to the ballot box, not limiting it. #ForThePeople https://t.co/qyF4NhpBle

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 2, 2021

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Bipartisan lawmakers join forces against N.Y. Gov. Cuomo

Demonstrators rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation in front of his Manhattan office in New York, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)
Demonstrators rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation in front of his Manhattan office in New York, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)

Demonstrators rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation in front of his Manhattan office in New York, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)

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UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The ground under Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be crumbling as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle call for his resignation. New York state lawmakers are focusing their attention on squeezing the governor out of office.

On Tuesday, half-a-dozen democratic-socialist state senators wrote a letter urging lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings. This comes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo from three former staffers.

The lawmakers are accusing Cuomo of using his office to “belittle, bully and harass his employees and colleagues.”They went on to demand the Democrat governor be held accountable, noting he cannot just walk away from the accusations.

“This very clearly reflects a hostile work environment and it certainly is not the behavior of someone who should hold our highest office in the state of New York,” said state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D).

Additionally, leaders of both chambers of the Empire State’s legislature agreed to strip Cuomo’s emergency powers given to him during the pandemic. The leaders issued a statement Tuesday, noting the legislature needs to take back its power to provide relief to residents.

Last March, lawmakers gave Cuomo temporary emergency powers by allowing him to issue wide-ranging executive orders relating to the state’s coronavirus response. However, the governor has come under immense scrutiny over the past few months over his office’s alleged cover-up of coronavirus related nursing home deaths. His emergency powers could be revoked as early as this week.

“I think the scariest thing about this is that we have a governor who withheld information from the public at a time when people were very scared and looking for answers,” said state Sen. Jabari Brisport (D). “And it is critical that this does not happen again.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

In the meantime, New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating both the sexual harassment and cover-up scandals. This has prompted Cuomo to laywer-up by bringing on criminal attorney Elkan Abramowitz to represent the executive chamber for the cover-up probe. Abramowitz reportedly represented disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein during his legal battles over sexual assault.

Cuomo’s criticisms have spilled over into the public square with a recent poll showing 64 percent of residents do not want him reelected in 2022. This has piqued the interests of several lawmakers with GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin champing-at-the-bit to take over the governor’s mansion.

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Texas, Miss. lift mask mandates, allow businesses to reopen at 100%

Tasha Arevalo, right, laughs with Joseph Butler while eating at Mo's Irish Pub, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he is lifting business capacity limits and the state's mask mandate starting next week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tasha Arevalo, right, laughs with Joseph Butler while eating at Mo's Irish Pub, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he is lifting business capacity limits and the state's mask mandate starting next week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Tasha Arevalo, right, laughs with Joseph Butler while eating at Mo’s Irish Pub, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he is lifting business capacity limits and the state’s mask mandate starting next week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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UPDATED 9:12 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Mississippi and Texas are ready to put the pandemic behind them and let the reopening begin.

On Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) ordered all statewide mask mandates to be lifted starting on Wednesday. However, mask mandates at K-12 schools are set to remain in effect.

Reeves also announced businesses will be allowed to reopen at full capacity, but business owners will be allowed to enforce any safety precautions if they choose to do so. He went on to tout the state’s declining coronavirus numbers and hospitalizations.

Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!

— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) also unveiled a plan to reopen all businesses and to end the mask mandate in his state. Businesses will be able to reopen at 100 percent capacity starting on March 10.

Abbott said residents are responsible for keeping themselves safe and must use common sense as well as their best judgment to avoid infections The governor also highlighted the Lone Star State has seen the lowest rate of new infections in months while hospitalizations have dramatically reduced.

NEW: Issuing an executive order to lift the mask mandate and open Texas to 100 percent. pic.twitter.com/P4UywmWeuN

— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 2, 2021

Meanwhile, Montana and Iowa have also lifted statewide mask mandates while the state of Massachusetts recently allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity.

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ICE opens human smuggling probe into Calif. deadly crash

Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semi-truck crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing at least 13 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semi-truck crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing at least 13 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semi-truck crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing at least 13 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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UPDATED 9:01 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Officials in Southern California are investigating what they called a “chaotic scene” after an SUV collided with a truck on Tuesday morning. More than a dozen people were killed in the incident. he crash happened in Imperial County, California about 13 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

During a press briefing, a spokesperson from California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the incident was caused when a Ford Expedition that was packed with 25 passengers collided with a semi-truck hauling gravel.

“In the SUV we had 12 fatalities on scene,” stated Border Division Chief Omar Watson. “One person passed over at the hospital for a total of 13 people that passed away.”

CHP officials said the ages of those injured in the crash ranged from 16 to 55-years-old and children also were involved.

Authorities pointed out the negligence of those involved in the deadly crash had while pointing out the SUV model can only seat eight to nine passengers legally.

“It’s unfortunate that that number of people were were put into that vehicle because there’s not enough safety restraints to safely keep those people within the vehicle,” Watson explained. “There are numerous people that were ejected onto the roadway as a result of this collision, so part of our message is to make sure that we get out to our communities and make sure that safety restraints are part of the picture to save lives.”

Law enforcement officers sort evidence and debris at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semi-truck crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing at least 13 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Law enforcement officers sort evidence and debris at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semi-truck crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing at least 13 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The truck driver suffered minor injuries and nearly a dozen of the SUV’s passengers were transported to local hospitals. Medical professionals said those in the SUV suffered injuries varying from minor fractures to life-threatening injures.

Currently, CHP is working with the Mexican Consulate to identify the victims involved and notify their families. Meanwhile, an investigation into what caused the crash is still underway.

Additionally, federal officials launched a human smuggling probe following the deadly California crash. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced its investigation Tuesday. This came after Mexican Consulate confirmed 10 of the 13 people who died in the crash were Mexican nationals.

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Conservative group urges Democrat senators to vote against HHS secy. nominee Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra appears during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
Xavier Becerra appears during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Xavier Becerra appears during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 8:44 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A conservative group has urged three senators who could be the decisive votes on Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to reject the nominee.

On Wednesday, Heritage Action announced it’s running a $500,000 ad campaign in West Virginia and Arizona in an effort to target Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

The ad slams HHS secretary nominee Xavier Becerra over his positions on issues like guns, coal and immigration. They also took aim at his poor track record as California attorney general.

Many GOP senators have indicated they will not vote for Becerra, which means he will likely need the votes of the three moderate Democrats to be confirmed.

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Majority of states taking on House Democrats’ Equality Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks about the Congress Equality Act, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, with from left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Pelosi, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks about the Congress Equality Act, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, with from left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Pelosi, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks about the Congress Equality Act, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, with from left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Pelosi, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 11:09 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Democrats are taking aim at religious freedoms and women’s Title IX protections as the Equality Act heads to the Senate floor. This comes as reports Wednesday revealed a majority of states are working to restrict access to sports and medical treatments based on gender identity.

Republican lawmakers are rejecting the Democrat-led Equality Act. They believe the measure poses a threat to religious freedoms as the bill also bans any objections due to religious beliefs.

The so-called Equality Act forces girls to share locker rooms with boys, destroys girls sports, takes children away from their parents, and forces doctors to perform taxpayer-funded abortions.

I gave a FIREY speech against this monstrosity👇 pic.twitter.com/Sc4YcDRDIf

— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 24, 2021

According to experts, the federal law could ruin sports for women and strip away standard privacy rights.

“The law will treat them as a women if something like the Equality Act passes, so if they want to enter into a women’s single sex facility or a girl’s single sex facility…whether that’s a shower room, locker room or bathroom…the law would not see them any differently than a biological female,” explained Capitol Hill attorney Emily Kao. “The same thing goes with girls and women’s sports.”

There are at least 60 separate bills in motion across the nation looking to limit access to sports and gender-affirming medical care.

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FBI’s Wray: Slow-walking probe into Russia hoax due to Durham probe

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Wray is condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Wray is condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.”  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Wray is condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 8:31 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

FBI Director Chris Wray admitted to slowing the investigation into origins of the Russia hoax, but insisted former U.S. attorney John Durham was to blame.

“Because we’re cooperating fully with Mr. Durham’s investigation, at his request, we have slowed that process down to allow his criminal investigation to proceed,” explained the agency chief.

Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that the Obamagate probe had to proceed slowly because it had to go through the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

This comes despite Durham having resigned as U.S. attorney last month. Meanwhile, he has continued the probe of Russia hoax as a special counsel.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La speaks during a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La speaks during a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

During the hearing, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) attempted to get Wray to identify the cause behind the delay.

“At the moment, that process is still underway in order to make sure that we’re being appropriately sensitive to the criminal investigation,” stated the Louisiana lawmaker. “So, you’ve had had to hold up as a result of a criminal investigation.”

Republican senators have criticized the bureau for dragging their feet with regards to the potential prosecution of top Obama-era officials. They said those officials illegally spied on the 2016 Trump campaign and helped promote the Russia hoax for political purposes.

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Biden cabinet nominee Gina Raimondo confirmed as Secy. of Commerce

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington. The Senate has voted to confirm Raimondo as President Biden's commerce secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington.  The Senate has voted to confirm Raimondo as President Biden's commerce secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington. The Senate has voted to confirm Raimondo as President Biden’s commerce secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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UPDATED 7:58 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce has raised national security concerns amongst conservatives.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) as Secretary of Commerce. This means she will manage an entity list of companies threatening national security.

While speaking on the floor Tuesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said “she refuses to commit” to keeping President Trump’s restrictions against Chinese companies spying on Americans.

“In fact, she wouldn’t even commit to keeping Huawei on the entities lists, which is unabashedly an espionage agency of the Chinese Communist Party,” Cruz stated.

Team Biden appears to have made the systematic decision to embrace Communist China.

I hope my colleagues will join me in urging them to instead defend the interests of the America. pic.twitter.com/xCBhsD9FU6

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 2, 2021

Regardless, Raimondo resigned as Rhode Island’s governor on Tuesday after being confirmed to the cabinet position.

Thank you, Rhode Island, for the trust you have placed in me these past ten years. It has been a privilege to serve as your treasurer and governor, and I know the future is bright. pic.twitter.com/Ll9YXTCgRk

— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) March 2, 2021

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Sen. McConnell: Democrats are jamming us with COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 06: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke to reporters on October 06, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:15 PM PT – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is calling for fellow Republicans to block Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. On Tuesday, McConnell continued his attacks on Democrats for attempting to push the bill through Congress without Republican contribution.

Less than 9% of Democrats' spending plan would go to directly fight COVID-19. Less than 1% to vaccinations.

This isn’t a recipe to safely reopen America. It’s what Democrats promised almost a year ago: Taking advantage of the crisis to check off unrelated liberal policies.

— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 2, 2021

He accused Democrats of taking advantage of the budget reconciliation process and trying to sidestep the Senate filibuster. McConnell also said they are trying to push proposals that are unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.

“So, we’ll be fighting this in every way that we can. It is my hope that, in the end, Senate Republicans will unanimously oppose it just like House Republicans did,” McConnell stated. “I think it’s noteworthy to know we’re in the House. The only thing bipartisan about the proposal was the opposition to it.”

Senators are gearing up to vote on the package, which is expected to hit the Senate floor as early as this week.

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