The House voted to restore federal oversight of state election laws, a key part of Democrats' efforts to strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and combat voting restrictions in Republican-led states. It faces steep Republican opposition in the Senate.
By a narrow vote of 220-212, the House approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would allow Democrats to start drafting legislation encompassing many of the party's top priorities, including a vast expansion of the social safety net and funding to fight climate change.
Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, cited reports that the Taliban were executing civilians and noncombatant soldiers, violating the rights of women, recruiting child soldiers and repressing peaceful protests in Afghanistan.
House Democrats and Republicans held news conferences and pushed for the Biden administration to extend the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan past the Aug. 31 extension deadline, citing the need for a slow exit in order to not escalate the current situation with the Taliban.
Jake Sullivan, national security adviser for President Biden, said the Taliban agreed to moved its checkpoints farther from Kabul's airport to reduce crowding and allow more room for evacuations after talks with the U.S.
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