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Taxation has become a foremost issue in the 2020 Democratic primaries on the heels of an administration widely accused of favoring corporations and the rich.

Why it matters: Taxation has become a defining issue among Democrats. Wealth-tax plans like Sen. Elizabeth Warren's have drawn considerable attention and boosted her platform. Sen. Bernie Sanders similarly favors a tax overhaul and emphasizes his belief that corporations aren't paying their fair share. But after President Trump's 2017 tax cuts, a Democratic administration would have a lot to do to reverse conservative policy on the issue.

What they're saying: On the second night of the first Democratic debates, candidates took aim at tax cuts for the highest economic class.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: When asked if taxes will go up for the middle class to fund medicare for all, he stated, "Yes, they will pay more in taxes and less in health care for what they get."
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: "The one thing I agree on is we can make massive cuts in the $1.6 trillion in tax loopholes out there, and I would be going about eliminating Donald Trump's tax cut for the wealthy."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: "For too long, the rules have been written in the favor of the people who have the most and not in favor of the people who work the most... On Day One, I will repeal that tax bill that benefits the top 1% and the biggest corporations of America."
  • Andrew Yang: "We need to put the American people in position to benefit from all these innovations and other parts of the economy. If we had a value-added tax at even half the European level, it would generate over $800 million in new revenue... It would be the trickle up economy."

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

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Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.