NEW: @RepStephMurphy, co-chair of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, tells @NBCNews the GOP must be kept out of power to save American democracy and national security.

A searing indictment that shows how much the Capitol siege has strained party relations.…
Did a wide-ranging interview with Rep. Murphy on the unusual stakes for 2022, how Democrats should govern and her theory for how they can avoid the midterm curse. The political survival of her coalition's members could decide the fight for House control.…
Some newsy nuggets here:

—Stephanie Murphy won't rule out a Senate bid in 2022, though she says her focus is on the pandemic

—She says Blue Dogs will return to deficit-consciousness after Covid and "police" red ink vigorously…
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida) sounds the alarm for the 2022 midterm elections: "The Democratic majority is not just about policies that we're putting forward to help the American people. It is also about preserving our democracy."…

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23 Feb
SCHUMER on Covid relief: "We are on track to get this bill done and get it on the president's desk before" unemployment benefits expire on March 14.

"We're going to meet that deadline."
Chuck Schumer: "One thing is clear in the Senate. The era of Mitch McConnell's legislative graveyard is over."
Schumer says he told Senate Democratic committee chairs today to craft "a legislative package to out-compete China and create new American jobs."
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19 Feb
Minimum wage thread 👇

(warning: arcane Senate stuff herein)
So the $15 wage is in Biden’s Covid relief bill headed to the House floor next week. But he’s predicting it won’t survive. Why? He says it’ll likely get stripped out in the Senate under the “Byrd rule” that limits reconciliation to budget changes, i.e. spending and taxes.
Bernie Sanders, the Budget Committee chairman, and Chuck Schumer disagree. They’re crafting a case to the parliamentarian that it should be allowed. But there’s a decent chance she disagrees.…

So what happens next?
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18 Feb
Ted Cruz, speaking now about his Cancún trip, says he began to have regrets right as he got on the plane.

He says he understands why people are upset with him.
Ted Cruz says there needs to be “a serious inquiry” into why the electrical grid in Texas was unable to meet the state’s needs.
Cruz says his thinking in going to Cancun was: “I was taking care of my family the way Texans all across the state were.”

He adds: “It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I shouldn’t have done it. I was trying to be a dad.”
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18 Feb
NEW: Democrats introduce a sweeping bill to remake the US immigration system, backed by Joe Biden. It includes a path to citizenship for "Dreamers" and others here illegally, eliminates hurdles for legal immigration and replaces "alien" with "noncitizen."…
Sen. Menendez, an author of the bill, says Democrats have a mandate to move beyond Trump's "hateful horror show."

He says "time and time again, we have compromised too much and capitulated too quickly to fringe voices" sympathetic to white nationalists.…
On immigration, Speaker Pelosi says Democrats have discussed a piecemeal approach as well as potentially using reconciliation to bypass a Senate filibuster.

"How it happens through the legislative process remains to be seen. But it is a priority."…
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15 Feb
This is significant. The House is on track to pass a $15 wage in the Covid bill. If it survives the Byrd rule then a federal minimum wage hike becomes likely. Senate Democrats aren’t all on board with $15/hour but they unanimously want to raise the current floor of $7.25/hour.
And in that case, which Democrat is going to want to stand up and wage a fight against $15, which according to polls has 2-to-1 public support and 80-85% support w/Dem voters?
For those citing Manchin and Sinema—this is where the process matters. If the parliamentarian rules a minimum wage is noncompliant, it’s probably over. Those two credibly say they won’t overrule her. But if it complies, their only leverage is to shoot down the entire Covid bill.
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13 Feb
NEW: The Republican civil war ended today. Donald Trump won.

The party’s decision to acquit him on charges of inciting the 1/6 siege on the Capitol frees him to run for president again and cements his status as kingmaker for years to come.…
The vote by 43 of 50 Republicans to acquit Trump shows the deep and enduring hesitation in the party to disown Trumpism, however they justify it. Senators know their voters care about how they vote, not the caveats they later add in a speech or statement.…
The vote today was GUILTY or NOT GUILTY, nothing else.

The vote on the constitutionality was on Tuesday and a majority of the Senate ruled it was constitutional.
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