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Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Budget Chair John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat representative in Kentucky, announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: Yarmuth, a senior Democrat who runs one of the House's most powerful committees, has been a key negotiator for President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending package and other economic priorities.

  • Yarmuth was first elected to serve in Kentucky's third district, which covers the majority of the Louisville Metro area, in 2006.
  • Given Yarmuth is the only Democrat from the state in either congressional chamber, it'll be interesting to see who replaces him.

What they're saying: "It's been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now. I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress," Yarmuth wrote in a tweet announcing his retirement.

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How to help tornado victims in Kentucky and other states

Destruction after the tornado swept through Mayfield, Kentucky. Photo: Cyril Julien/AFP via Getty Images

More than 70 people have died, towns "are gone," and recovery efforts will likely "take years."

The big picture: The tornadoes and storms that ripped through western Kentucky and five other states Friday night into Saturday left a trail of destruction and grieving communities. As those areas sort through the devastation and begin to clean up and rebuild, here's a list of ways you can help.

Biden to travel to Kentucky to survey tornado damage

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President Biden will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday to survey the state's tornado damage, the White House announced on Monday.

Driving the news: Tornados and storms ripped through western Kentucky and five other states Friday into Saturday, killing more than 60 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.