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"Abolish ICE" protests have happened around the country. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Republicans are allowing a vote on a Democratic bill to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to show the country "that it will not happen on the House Republican majority's watch," a senior GOP aide tells Axios.

Why it matters: Calling to abolish ICE has become Dems' rallying cry since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary. But with this vote, Republicans can use it as an issue to energize their base ahead of the November election.

Be smart: This is a base issue for both parties, and, to its core, the issue isn't even really about immigration reform. "There’s no incentive for legislative compromise because both sides see cultural and political advantage with keeping the rhetoric up on immigration," said Brent McGoldrick, CEO of Republican research firm Deep Root Analytics.

Yes, but: The hot-button issue of immigration is dividing Democrats more than uniting them, and holding an official vote on the House floor will force Dem members to go on the record with where they stand. "The liberal wing of the party is eating their own," the GOP source added.

  • CNN reports House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the goal of bringing an ICE bill to the floor for a vote is to simply "have a debate about it." It's not yet known when the vote will happen.

Go deeper: Top Democrats see danger on the party's calls to abolish ICE.

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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Dems fear supply-chain blame

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

6 hours ago - World

Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline

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The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will "weaken" U.S. credibility and "ultimately damage transatlantic unity," according to documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: At a time when roughly 100,000 Russian troops are massing at its border, Ukraine views Nord Stream 2 as an existential threat to its security. The pipeline would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion.