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Rep. Luis Gutierrez criticized Speaker Paul Ryan over two immigration bills being voted on today while speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus press conference. Gutierrez cited his 2004 immigration bill, which Paul Ryan supported.

"What a betrayal of his position. Does he have no principles anymore when it comes to immigrant policies?"

The two bills are "Kates Law," which would raise maximum prison sentences for immigrants caught re-entering the country, and the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," which would allow the administration to go after cities that don't comply with immigration enforcement.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, first Vice Chair: "All of this is to cover up the fact that President Trump and this Congress have failed to do meaningful things for the American people...they instead look to pit people against each other."

Rep. Juan Vargas: "These two bills are simply a dog whistle for racists to say 'See, we were going to do something about those immigrants, and here we go.'"

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The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

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What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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