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Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.

  • Republicans have already said they oppose including an extension of the debt ceiling in the government funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution.
  • Inaction by Congress on the debt ceiling means the U.S. would default on its debts by October, according to a warning issued by the Treasury Department.

What's next: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to oppose the measure, and it is expected that most members of his party will vote with him.

  • If the Senate votes it down, Democratic leadership must return to the drawing board, where they face a ticking clock toward a government shutdown.

What they're saying: While a vote on the debt ceiling increase has historically been bipartisan, Republicans are refusing to support it.

  • "The debt ceiling will be raised as it always has. But it will be raised by the Democrats," McConnell said at a press conference on Tuesday.
  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that Republicans are practicing “situational ethics.”
  • "It is a phony issue, an absolute phony demagoguery lending issue, which has really nothing to do with the debt of the United States," he said.

The details: The funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution, includes over $6 billion in additional funding dedicated to resettling Afghan evacuees and $28.6 billion allocated for disaster relief to address recent natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires.

  • It no longer includes $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome after a group of progressives told leadership they would not vote for the bill if such a measure was included, causing the funding to be removed entirely from the bill.

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Biden signals openness to ending filibuster for voting rights legislation

President Biden participates in a CNN town hall at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland on Oct. 21, 2021. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Thursday at a CNN town hall he'd be willing to consider doing away with the filibuster in the Senate in a bid to protect voting rights and "and maybe more."

Why it matters: With an evenly split Senate, legislation requires at least 10 Republican votes making it highly unlikely any new voting rights bill would pass with the filibuster in tact.

Republicans who put it all on the line

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks with reporters after voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility.

Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

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