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Jay Inslee speaks about climate change at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 5. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

53 voting members of the Democratic National Committee have submitted an open letter to Chairman Tom Perez in protest of the DNC's decision to reject a 2020 primary debate focused on climate change, as proposed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the Huffington Post reports.

Yes, but: A majority of signatures on this resolution would not require Perez to change the DNC's stance on holding an issue-focused debate.

Why it matters: 44% of voters consider climate change "a critical threat to the vital interests" of the U.S. in the next 10 years, according to Morning Consult/Politico.

  • Two-thirds of Democrats say climate change poses a critical threat, compared to 1 in 5 Republicans, per Morning Consult.
  • A CNN poll from last month found that climate change is solidly in the top of Democratic primary voters' issues for 2020.

Between the lines: Washington Democratic Party Chairwoman Tina Podlodowski "insisted the effort was not intended specifically to help Inslee," per HuffPost.

Go deeper: The candidates who support a climate-focused primary debate

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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