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Data: Quorum; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Senators and House members have introduced 59 bills with multiple sponsors this Congress that mention issues like ballot access, election integrity, absentee voting, voter registration, voter identification and mail-in ballots, according to data from Quorum.

Why it matters: Efforts to change voting laws and end the filibuster are coming to a head this week with an initial vote on Democrats' sweeping election legislation — the For the People Act — scheduled for Tuesday.

  • One bill not introduced so far during the 117th Congress: the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) supports.
  • It would restore some voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

The big picture: While Democrats are failing to get the support needed to pass major voting legislation in Congress, Republican state lawmakers have introduced hundreds of voting bills this legislative year.

  • They include measures that could make it harder for some people to vote.
  • As of mid-May, 14 states had enacted 22 of these laws, according to the Brennan Center.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Wednesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The “put-up or shut-up” moment has arrived for House Democrats.

Why it matters: What happens in the next 24 hours will be a crucial indicator of how long it will take, and how difficult it will be, to fulfill President Biden's agenda.

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Scoop: The Manchin-Sinema climate collision

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is rebuffing pleas from Western Democratic senators, who are citing extreme weather in their home states, to try to gain his support for core climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Why it matters: Manchin’s entrenched opposition puts him on a collision course with another key holdout on the spending bill, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). She's indicated that addressing climate change is one of her top priorities in any compromise.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.