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Rep. Madison Cawthorne. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A number of Republican lawmakers are celebrating and promoting provisions of President Biden's American Rescue Plan in their home constituencies, despite unanimously voting against the sweeping COVID rescue bill, AP writes.

Why it matters: Polling suggests the $1.9 trillion plan, the defining legislative victory of Biden's presidency thus far, is widely popular among the American public. Democrats have said they'll make their Republican colleagues' votes a sticking point during the 2022 midterm elections.

Driving the news: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) issued a news release saying she was proud to bring "federal funding to the district and back into the pockets of taxpayers," citing the $3.7 million from the law that went to community health centers in her district.

  • She added that the grants were a part of the bill that she supported, despite her vote, and that she wanted to help small businesses secure the funds “regardless of any particular vote."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), backed by GOP leaders to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as conference chair — are among at least eight Republicans encouraging constituents to apply for the plan's Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

  • "She did not claim to support the bill in the tweet, and her constituents deserve to know about federal programs they can apply for regardless of how she votes," Stefanik's spokesperson Karoline Leavitt told AP.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) said he was "proud" to see taxpayer money return to his district, referencing the millions in health care grants the relief bill sent to local communities.

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) promoted the more than $41 million going to 12 health care centers in his district, without mentioning the plan, saying: “I am glad that this funding has been secured.”

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Ted Cruz blocks 4 a.m. attempt to pass Democrats' voting rights package

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blocked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) attempt to pass Democrats' signature voting rights package — a revised version of the "For the People Act" — in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: The sweeping federal elections overhaul is intended to combat a wave of new voting restrictions in Republican-led states, but has no chance of winning the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster.

McConnell praises Biden's role in Senate passing infrastructure bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) makes his way to the Senate chamber during the Senate vote-a-rama. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) credited President Biden on Tuesday for his role in getting the Senate to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Why it matters: It's a rare flash of praise from the Republican leader, who has previously said that 100% of his focus is on "stopping" the Biden administration's agenda.

Wyoming GOP leaders will no longer recognize Liz Cheney over Trump vote

Rep. Liz Cheney, (R-Wyo.), delivers an opening statement during the opening hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Two Wyoming Republican leaders voted to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) as a member of their party, six months after she voted to impeach former President Trump, per the Casper Star-Tribune.

Why it matters: While symbolic, the move is the latest censuring that Cheney has faced for diverging from much of her party's response to the Capitol riot.