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Congress to probe 'rogue' actions of Trump's Justice Dept
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Susan Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The top two Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Sunday vowed to probe the “rogue” actions of the Justice Department during former President Donald Trump’s term, including its move to seize the communications records of Democratic lawmakers. The Justice Department under former attorneys general William Barr and Jeff Sessions was regularly accused of putting Trump’s personal and political interests ahead of the law. “The Justice Department has been rogue under President Trump, understand that, in so many respects. The New York Times on Thursday reported that the Trump-era Justice Department subpoenaed Apple Inc for data on Schiff and Swalwell. Senator Susan Collins, one of that chamber’s most moderate Republicans, said on Sunday that she supported the Justice Department’s internal probe.
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also told the group his was open to their ideas, Republicans said. Schumer said work was still progressing on two tracks - one a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the other a measure that if brought to the floor, could pass with only Democratic votes through a maneuver called reconciliation that bypasses the rule requiring 60 votes for bills to advance. Biden and Schumer have talked about such a two-track approach“I was told verbally, stuff, I’ve asked for paper, I’ll look at it,” Schumer said. He and Democratic Senator Jon Tester also spoke of a provision that might raise revenue by having the Internal Revenue Service go after tax cheats. In the latest bipartisan discussions, Republican lawmakers said the group reached tentative conclusions on specific spending provisions that it would pay for without raising taxes.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators said on Thursday it had reached agreement on a framework for a proposed infrastructure spending bill that would not include any tax increases. The senators said they were discussing their approach with their colleagues and the White House, and they were optimistic about getting broad support. “Our group ... has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” the lawmakers said in a statement. Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Thursday he was open to a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wanted to see it in writing. Republicans say Biden’s infrastructure plan puts too much money into addressing climate change and building up some social programs.
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Revamping America's infrastructure is a high priority for Biden, but his proposal has run into trouble in a Congress only narrowly controlled by his fellow Democrats, making Republican support pivotal. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. Tester said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Donald Trump, Tester, it'll, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Senate, Biden, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that members of the group have reached "tentative conclusions" on their plan. "We're not raising taxes," Romney told reporters. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Romney and Portman said members of the group have not settled on a total amount of infrastructure spending and declined to discuss specific provisions they would pursue. The 10 senators now working on a new plan are part of a larger 20-member bipartisan group, known as the G-20, that includes Capito.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Republicans Romney, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Portman, Cassidy, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Shelley Moore Capito, Capito Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Biden's Democratic Party, Republicans, Biden, Romney, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Louisiana Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
A Democratic member of the group, Senator Jon Tester, said he would be willing to look at funding an infrastructure plan without raising taxes though he was not committed to that approach. Cassidy, who spoke to Biden about infrastructure by phone on Tuesday, predicted that any plan containing tax hikes would not receive enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Republicans have shown no appetite for tax increases, having strongly backed a 2017 tax cut law signed by former President Donald Trump. Separately, a bipartisan group of 58 House lawmakers led by Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Brian Fitzpatrick known as the Problem Solvers Caucus released a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The caucus has been working with the bipartisan group of senators, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Romney, Jon Tester, Tester, Rob Portman, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Brown, you'd, it's, Cassidy, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Josh Gottheimer, Brian Fitzpatrick Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, Banking, Biden, Republicans, COVID, U.S . Treasury, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday broke off talks on an infrastructure bill with a key Republican, instead reaching out to a bipartisan group, after one-on-one talks with Senator Shelley Capito were described as hitting a "brick wall." Biden changed course after Capito, the leader of a group of six Senate Republicans handling the negotiations, offered $330 billion in new spending on infrastructure, far short of Biden's reduced $1.7 trillion offer. A bipartisan group of senators was due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the next steps on infrastructure. Biden also reached out to Cassidy on Tuesday to discuss infrastructure, the Republican said. Any infrastructure package should and must be bipartisan."
Persons: Joe Biden, Shelley Capito, Kevin Lamarque, Biden, Capito, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Sinema, Joe Manchin, whittle, Cassidy, POTUS Organizations: Republican Senators, White, REUTERS, Republicans, Republican, Democratic, American Jobs, Twitter, Administration, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Louisiana, Cornwall, England
President Joe Biden on Tuesday broke off talks on an infrastructure bill with a key Republican, instead reaching out to a bipartisan group, after one-on-one talks with Senator Shelley Capito were described as hitting a "brick wall." Biden changed course after Capito, the leader of a group of six Senate Republicans handling the negotiations, offered $330 billion in new spending on infrastructure, far short of Biden's reduced $1.7 trillion offer. Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the talks "seem to be running into a brick wall." A bipartisan group of senators met on Tuesday to discuss the next steps on infrastructure. Any infrastructure package should and must be bipartisan."
Persons: Joe Biden, Shelley Capito, Biden, Capito, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Sinema, Joe Manchin, Kevin Lamarque, Romney, whittle, Cassidy, POTUS Organizations: Republicans, Republican, Democratic, Republican Senators, White, REUTERS, American Jobs, Twitter, Administration, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Louisiana, Cornwall, England
U.S. Senate committees urge new security steps after Capitol riot
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Susan Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoTwo Senate committees assessing security at the U.S. Capitol in light of January's deadly attack recommended on Tuesday giving the Capitol Police chief greater authority and developing plans for rapid response by the Pentagon. During the Jan. 6 riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, the Pentagon spent hours assessing pleas for help from Capitol Police, the committees found in a bipartisan report. The Senate Rules and Homeland Security committees in the report recommended empowering the Capitol Police chief to ask directly for D.C. National Guard help in an emergency. A Senate aide said the committees found no evidence of foot-dragging at the White House that delayed the National Guard response. Republican opponents said the Senate committees' probe, as well as ongoing prosecutions, are enough investigation.
Persons: Shannon Stapleton, Donald Trump, Amy Klobuchar, Roy Blunt, Trump, Gary Peters Organizations: Trump, U.S, Capitol, U.S . Congress, REUTERS, Capitol Police, Pentagon, D.C, National Guard, Homeland Security, Capitol Police Board, House, Senate Homeland Security, Republicans, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
U.S. Senate begins vote on Capitol riot probe, Republicans poised to block
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( Susan Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Leah MillisThe U.S. Senate began voting on Friday on whether to proceed toward a bipartisan inquiry into the deadly assault on the Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters, a measure the former president's fellow Republicans looked poised to block. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor. Just three Senate Republicans have said they will vote to allow floor consideration of the measure, which passed the House of Representatives with the support of all Democrats and one in six Republicans. And it's important to lay that out," Senator Lisa Murkowski, one of the three Republican supporters, told reporters late on Thursday. Democrats back establishment of an investigative panel, and the Senate is divided 50-50 along partisan lines.
Persons: Donald Trump, Leah Millis, Donald Trump's, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden's, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S . Senate, Democratic, Republicans, Trump, Republican, Capitol Police, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this commission since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for,” Senator Joe Manchin wrote on Twitter. Supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying the election victory of Democratic President Joe Biden. Democrats back establishment of an investigative panel, and the Senate is divided 50-50 along partisan lines. After meeting with Sicknick, Republican Senator Ron Johnson said he still did not see the value of a commission although he condemned the violence on Jan. 6.
Persons: Donald Trump, Leah Millis, Joe Manchin, Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Manchin, “ McConnell, , Brian Sicknick, Mitt Romney, Gladys Sicknick, , Brian, Sicknick, Ron Johnson, ” Johnson Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, U.S . Senate, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Twitter, Democratic, Capitol Police Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, West Virginia
Many of the Republican members are afraid of the man who incited this,” said the Senate’s No. Just three Senate Republicans have said they will vote to allow floor consideration of the measure, which passed the House of Representatives with the support of all Democrats and one in six Republicans. The three Senate supporters are well short of the 10 Republicans needed under the Senate’s rules, which require 60 votes for a bill to advance. FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REPUBLICAN LEADERS REJECT PROBE“The role of the former president had already been litigated exhaustively in the high-profile impeachment trial several months ago,” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Senate Democrats known for independent streaks urged Republicans on Tuesday to support a bipartisan commission into the deadly January attack on the Capitol, after one in six House Republicans broke with party leadership and backed the probe. Some 35 House Republicans here joined Democrats last week in voting to pass the legislation that would create a bipartisan commission modeled on the one Congress passed following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Passage of the bill was an easier achievement in the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a 219-211 majority. “We implore our Senate Republican colleagues to work with us to find a path forward.”Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Senate Republicans have spoken out against the House bill, saying that ongoing probes by two Senate committees are sufficient investigation. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said he was reserving judgment until he sees the final bill.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, , Sinema, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, Andrew Clyde, Chuck Schumer, ” Schumer, Trump, Lisa Murkowski, , Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Nancy, Pelosi, ” Cassidy Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Republicans, U.S . Capitol, REUTERS, Representatives, Republican, Trump, Schumer Locations: Washington , U.S
Offerings are left at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Nicholas PfosiAmericans on Tuesday will mark the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd beneath a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee, which catalyzed the largest U.S. protest movement in decades over police brutality against Black people. In Washington, President Joe Biden will meet privately with members of Floyd's family at the White House, not far from where promised police reform legislation in Floyd's name has stalled in the U.S. Congress. 'INCREMENTAL PROGRESS' ON LEGISLATIONBiden is expected to discuss the progress of the federal George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which Floyd's family has supported, in his meeting with the relatives on Tuesday. Floyd's daughter and her mother, along with Floyd's sister, brothers, sister-in-law and nephew are expected to attend.
Persons: George Floyd, Nicholas Pfosi, Joe Biden, Derek Chauvin, Floyd, Chauvin, Darnella Frazier, Biden, Gianna, Jen Psaki, Floyd's, Tim Scott Organizations: George, REUTERS, White, U.S . Congress, Minneapolis Police Department, African, District of Columbia, National Conference of State Legislatures, George Floyd Justice, Thomson Locations: Minneapolis , Minnesota, U.S, Minneapolis, In Washington, United States
All 10 of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January voted for the commission. The bipartisan outcome could give Senate Republicans second thoughts about working to defeat the initiative. Earlier in the day, McConnell announced he would not support the House bill, calling it “the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal” and saying existing congressional investigations are sufficient. The House bill, unveiled last week, would give Republicans equal power with Democrats in appointing commissioners and equal say over witnesses. House Democrats said congressional investigations are insufficient.
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FILE PHOTO: Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) speaks at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2018 for the Treasury Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 26, 2017. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who is leading the Republican effort, announced a counter-proposal of $568 billion here in April, far short of Biden's $2.3 trillion plan package. The White House had set a Tuesday deadline for Republicans to offer a new infrastructure plan. Biden’s mammoth infrastructure proposal includes traditional projects to revitalize roads and bridges, but would also seek to address climate change and social issues such as elder care. Republicans have rejected Biden’s proposal as too broad and too expensive and instead have sought to reach a bipartisan deal that focuses on roads, bridges, waterways and broadband access.
Persons: Shelly Moore Capito, Eric Thayer WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, Pete Buttigieg, Gina Raimondo, Shelley Moore Capito, ” Capito, Kelley Moore Organizations: Treasury Department, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Senators, Transportation, White, Republicans Locations: Washington , U.S
Trump is positioning himself to play a major role in next year's congressional elections as he also flirts with a 2024 White House run. "I believe that voters choose the leader of the Republican Party and President Trump is the leader that they look to." Stefanik defeated Representative Chip Roy, who entered the race to serve as chair of the House Republican Conference on Thursday night. Cheney has vowed to continue to fight to prevent Trump from winning the White House again in 2024. In celebrating Stefanik's victory, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to put the bruising leadership battle behind Republicans.
Persons: Elise Stefanik, Evelyn Hockstein, Donald Trump's, Liz Cheney, Trump, Cheney, Joe Biden, Stefanik, Chip Roy, Kevin McCarthy, McCarthy, Biden, Dick Cheney Organizations: Republican, REUTERS, U.S . House, Democratic, Senate, White, Trump, Republican Party, House Republican Conference, GOP, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, New York, Israel
"I believe that voters choose the leader of the Republican Party and President Trump is the leader that they look to." Stefanik defeated Representative Chip Roy, who entered the race to serve as chair of the House Republican Conference on Thursday night. 3 House Republican leadership job since 2013, as the party has tried to broaden its appeal to independent voters, including suburban women. Despite her somewhat moderate voting record, she defeated the rock-solid conservative Roy. Given those numbers, and a history of political parties doing well in mid-term congressional elections when the opposition holds the White House, Republicans are optimistic of taking over the House in the November 2022 elections.
Persons: Elise Stefanik, Evelyn Hockstein, Donald Trump's, Liz Cheney, Trump, Cheney, Joe Biden, Stefanik, Chip Roy, Roy, Cheney's, Elise, CHENEY, Kevin McCarthy, McCarthy, Biden, Dick Cheney, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Greene, Gaetz Organizations: Republican, REUTERS, U.S . House, Democratic, Senate, White, Trump, Republican Party, House Republican Conference, Trump's, Democratic Party, Democrats, Republicans, House, for Growth, House Republicans, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, New Yorkstate, Texas, America, Israel
Trump and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy have touted Representative Elise Stefanik as the next conference head. Cheney’s critics said her criticism of Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election distracted from party messaging about Democrats and President Joe Biden’s agenda. House Republicans held a secret ballot to oust her from the leadership. “House members are very responsive to their base, and the Republican base continues to love Donald Trump,” Republican strategist Alex Conant said. Cheney’s departure and Trump’s continued false election claims could further deepen divisions within the party, according to some Republicans.
Persons: Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s, Cheney, Dick Cheney, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Elise Stefanik, Joe Biden’s, Adam Kinzinger, McCarthy, , ” Cheney, , ” McCarthy, Donald Trump, Alex Conant, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Greene, Gaetz, Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, . House, Republicans, Wednesday, U.S, Capitol, Trump, House Republican, House Republicans, Biden, Republican Party, Republican, Senate, Democratic, Democrats, White Locations: Wyoming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday removed Liz Cheney from their leadership, punishing her for rejecting what she called former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that last year’s election was stolen from him through election fraud. She one of 10 House Republicans who voted with the Democrats in January when the House impeached Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection. Slideshow ( 5 images )During Trump’s time as president, Republicans lost their majorities in the House and Senate and he lost the White House. Cheney rejected House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s contention that Republicans must refrain from criticizing Trump to win back control of Congress in 2022. Republican House members will vote on her nomination on Friday, Representative Louie Gohmert told reporters.
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During Trump’s time as president, Republicans lost their majorities in the House and Senate and he lost the White House. She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted with the Democrats in January when the House impeached Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection. Cheney rejected House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s contention that Republicans must refrain from criticizing Trump to win back control of Congress in 2022. 2 House Republican, orchestrated Cheney’s ouster. Republican House members will vote on her nomination on Friday, Representative Louie Gohmert told reporters.
Persons: Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Cheney, , ” Cheney, , Dick Cheney, Kevin McCarthy’s, Trump . McCarthy, Steve Scalise, McCarthy, “ Liz Cheney, it’s, ” Trump, Elise Stefanik, Louie Gohmert, Stefanik Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republicans, Democratic, Democrat, Republican Party, Trump, Senate, Democrats, U.S . Capitol, Republican, NBC, Caucus Locations: Wyoming, Trump
Crist joined an exodus of prominent House Democrats from competitive districts as the party fights to keep its narrow six-seat majority in next year's midterm congressional elections. The Republican Party on Tuesday added 10 House Democrats to their target list of 57 seats they plan to focus on in next year's House elections. That's almost triple the 21 Republican-held seats that the Democrats' congressional campaign arm is taking aim at. Last week, Representative Cheri Bustos, former chief of the House Democrats' campaign arm, said she would be retiring from the House at the end of her term. But several of the same moderates lost re-election last year, when Democrats lost 13 House seats, and Bustos' own margin of victory narrowed to just four percentage points.
Persons: Charlie Crist, Christopher Wray, Carlos Barria, Tuesday, Joe Biden's, Ron DeSantis, Crist, Tom Emmer, I’d, Kyle Kondik, Cheri Bustos, Donald Trump, Bustos, Filemon Vela, Ann Kirkpatrick, Tim Ryan, Rob Portman, Ron Wright of Organizations: Rep, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic U.S . House, Republican, Tuesday, Democrats, Republican Party, White House, Republicans, National Republican Congressional Committee, University of Virginia, House Democrats, Trump voters, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Florida, New York, California, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Trump, Filemon Vela of Texas, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Ohio, Ron Wright of Texas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Susan Collins, a leading moderate Republican in the U.S. Congress, warned on Sunday against intolerance of differences within her party and pushed back at intraparty attacks from the right against Senator Mitt Romney and Representative Liz Cheney. “We need to have room for a variety of views,” Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who served his state and our country well,” Collins said. Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, survived a February attempt to oust her from the House leadership. Collins and Romney were among seven Senate Republicans who voted in February to convict Trump at his second impeachment trial.
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Wright appeared likely to face another Republican in the expected runoff in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, a longtime Republican-held district. A runoff between the top two vote-getters is required since no candidate received a majority in the first round. The election was the first test of the Texas electorate since President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The national Democratic Party did not back any candidate in the contest, although Democrats have made gains in the north Texas district in recent years. Jones said Trump’s endorsement, coming just a few days before the election, appeared to have helped Wright.
Persons: Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Susan Wright, Ron Wright, Wright, Jake Ellzey, Jana Lynne Sanchez, ” Sanchez, robocalls, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Democrats didn’t, , Mark Jones, Jones Organizations: WASHINGTON, Texas Republican, U.S . House, Capitol, REUTERS, Congressional, Republican, Democrats, Twitter, Trump, Biden, Democratic Party, Democratic, Rice University, Republicans Locations: Texas, U.S, Washington , U.S, Dallas, Fort Worth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A Texas Republican backed by former President Donald Trump has advanced to a runoff election to fill a U.S. House of Representatives vacancy left by the death of her husband, while Democrats were shut out of the contest. Wright was headed to a runoff against another Republican in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, a longtime Republican-held district. Democrats had hoped to pick up the seat to expand their slim House majority. The election was the first test of the Texas electorate since President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Trump defeated Biden in Texas, a state where Democrats hope to make inroads.
Persons: Donald Trump, Tom Brenner, Susan Wright, Ron Wright, Wright, Jake Ellzey, Jana Lynne Sanchez, ” Sanchez, ” Trump, “ Susan, , robocalls, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Democrats didn’t, Mark Jones, Jones Organizations: WASHINGTON, Texas Republican, U.S . House, Capitol, REUTERS, Congressional, Republican, Democrats, Trump, Biden, Democratic Party, Democratic, Rice University, Republicans Locations: Texas, U.S, Washington , U.S, Dallas, Fort Worth
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