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Rep. Ted Yoho. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act Thursday, a bill that would require the White House to publicly identify and sanction any foreign, state-sponsored cyber threat.

Why it matters: The president currently has wide discretion over releasing information about foreign cyber campaigns. This would both tie the president's hands and ensure action.

  • The Obama and Trump White Houses both have been hesitant to take Congressional direction on how to punish cyber attacks in the past. The general feeling from the executive branch is that a strict menu of responses to an attack limits the role of strategy. For example, it may be difficult to penalize a nation while seeking its help in a different matter.

The details: The bill was spearheaded by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fl.).

  • Under the bill, the president would have seven days to publish a new threat group in the Federal Register after it was discovered.
  • The bill gives the president a wide array of choices for sanctions, including freezing assets, witholding aid and limiting trade.
  • Individuals would be subject to travel bans.
  • The president is free to take additional measures.

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Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.

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Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

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Poland showdown is EU's Jan. 6 moment, top official says

Didier Reynders. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Poland and Hungary have forced a moment of reflection on the European Union — similar to the one in the U.S. after the Jan. 6 insurrection, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told Axios.

What he's saying: "During many years, we have had in our minds that it was granted that if you are a member of the EU, of course you apply the rule of law; you have full respect for democracy, fundamental rights and so on — maybe with some concerns but with a real intention to adapt your legislation to be in full compliance [with EU law]," Reynders said.