‘It’s risky and its dangerous’: Dems plead for more security cash as threats rise post Jan. 6

House Democrats this week tried to do something about the rise in personal safety risks for lawmakers after the Jan. 6 insurrection, approving a roughly $2 billion package to bolster the Capitol Police, fund the National Guard and secure the sprawling complex. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Members of Congress have been harassed in airports and in grocery stores. They’ve heard from callers threatening to harm them and their families. They’ve found their home addresses posted online. House Democrats this week tried to do something about the rise in personal safety risks for lawmakers after the Jan. 6 insurrection, approving a roughly $2 billion package to bolster the Capitol Police, fund the National Guard and secure the sprawling complex. Congress’ most

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States are pricing carbon. Washington hasn’t followed their lead.

In this June 3, 2017 file photo, the coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation’s top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga. | Branden Camp/AP Photo Support for putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution is steadily spreading — from environmental advocates who have long promoted it and the states already reaping billions of dollars from the idea to the business groups and free-market economists who see it as one of the most cost-effective ways to confront climate change. Everywhere except Washington, D.C. Republican opposition — and Democrats’ reluctance — has kept anything resembling a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system on the sidelines in the capital for more than a decade, with discussions about one of

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Filibuster brawl amps up with GOP opposition to Jan. 6 panel

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been circumspect about his use of the filibuster, leaving the tool untouched so far this Congress. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo The filibuster has been on hiatus since Joe Biden took over. Senate Republicans are about to change that — over a bipartisan commission to probe the Capitol riot. After more than four months of letting their power to obstruct lie unused in the Senate, the 50-member Senate GOP is ready to mount a filibuster of House-passed legislation creating an independent cross-aisle panel to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. If Republicans follow through and block the bill, they will spark a long-building fight over the filibuster’s very existence. The filibuster has spent months of

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POLITICO Pro Q&A: Dan Dumbacher, executive director of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dan Dumbacher is the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. | NASA.gov The American Institute of the Aeronautics and Astronautics, with its 30,000 individual and roughly 100 corporate members, has been a “technical discipline-driven” professional association since its founding in 1963. But it is increasingly wading into Washington debates over the types of research and other investments that are most needed to stay on the cutting edge and build a future workforce, said AIAA’s Executive Director Dan Dumbacher. As a tax-exempt nonprofit educational organization, AIAA does not lobby for specific programs or line items in the federal budget. Its policy agenda, however, ranges from advocating for more research and development funding to investing in more test

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Democrats debate whether to go it alone on Jan. 6 investigation

House Democrats have a backup plan to launch a sweeping investigation into the mob attack at the Capitol — without Republicans. They’re just not sure if they will use it. With the GOP likely to block a commission to probe the events leading up to Jan. 6, some Democrats have said they should prepare to move ahead with a Democrats-only committee to investigate the insurrection. But Republicans could more easily dismiss a select committee’s work as political theater, and some Democrats wonder if such a panel is needed on top of existing investigations. Democrats are still figuring out their next steps after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a blow to the commission by opposing its creation just hours after

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McCarthy says he’d testify before independent Jan. 6 commission

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that he would be willing to testify before an independent commission investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection about his conversation with then-President Donald Trump as the attack on the Capitol unfolded. “Sure, next question,” McCarthy told reporters outside the Capitol. The minority leader’s response was definitive but seemingly carried little political risk, as the prospects for final passage of a bill to establish such a bipartisan panel have grown increasingly imperiled this week. The House voted on Wednesday to approve the legislation by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), with 35 Republicans joining Democrats in a rebuke to McCarthy — who announced his opposition to the measure on Tuesday and urged

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House approves $1.9B for post-Jan. 6 Capitol security

The measure includes long-term crisis planning elements, such as the creation of a new quick-reaction team that would essentially create a standing force of the D.C. National Guard, many of whom have been stationed at the Capitol for months. | Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo The House on Thursday passed a $1.9 billion emergency security funding package after a group of progressive members forced a last-minute scramble to resolve concerns that the money for Capitol Police did not include new accountability measures. The 213-212 vote came after some eleventh-hour drama on the floor, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top leadership working the floor to appease concerns on the caucus’ far left. The group of liberal lawmakers, known as “the squad”,

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Dems approve $1.9B for post-Jan. 6 Capitol security

The measure includes long-term crisis planning elements, such as the creation of a new quick-reaction team that would essentially create a standing force of the D.C. National Guard, many of whom have been stationed at the Capitol for months. | Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo House Democrats on Thursday passed a $1.9 billion emergency funding bill intended to fortify the U.S. Capitol, overcoming last-minute resistance from a group of progressive members who objected to more cash for Capitol Police that did not include new accountability measures. The tight 213-212 vote came after an eleventh-hour scramble on the floor, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top leadership huddling with their members to resolve issues from the caucus’ far left. The group of

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Biden’s top scientist gets OK from Senate committee

Eric Lander speaks during an announcement at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The Senate Commerce Committee approved Biden Cabinet nominee Eric Lander to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy on Thursday in a bipartisan voice vote. Lander, a top geneticist and director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is the last of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees awaiting confirmation. Triumphing over lawmakers doubts: While nearly all of Biden’s nominees have been approved, Lander’s nomination had not been assured. He had drawn criticism from some lawmakers over two meetings he had with late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the spring of 2012. He also drew fire for allegations of downplaying

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Democrats defeat Republican attempt to change House mask regulations

The attempt to abolish the chamber’s mask requirements for vaccinated member was spearheaded by spearheaded by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the GOP Doctors Caucus. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo House Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican-led attempt to abolish the chamber’s mask requirements for vaccinated members — the latest salvo in the ongoing war between the two parties over pandemic-era protocols. In a 218-210 party-line vote, the House voted to table the resolution, which would have prodded the chamber to relax its mask rules on the floor and in committee meeting spaces. The effort — which was spearheaded by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the GOP Doctors Caucus — came one day after a group of House

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