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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg during Congressional testimony earlier this year. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Capitol Hill is concerned about the recent revelation that Facebook shared user data with device manufacturers like Apple and Samsung.

Why it matters: Facebook has been trying to move on from the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, but the latest story puts the social giant's privacy issues back in the spotlight and Congress' crosshairs.

What they're saying:

  • Senate Commerce Committee leaders John Thune (R) and Bill Nelson (D) sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg followup questions in a Tuesday letter, including asking for a full list of device manufacturers Facebook shared data with and details of how Facebook disclosed those sharing arrangements to consumers.
  • "We look forward to addressing any questions the Commerce Committee has," a Facebook spokesperson said.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and top House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrat Frank Pallone want the Federal Trade Commission to look at the issue. Facebook critics say that the data sharing violated a previous settlement with the agency, which is already digging into the company's practices in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
  • At an Axios event Tuesday morning, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner asked whether Facebook had shared user data with Chinese telecom providers like ZTE and Huawei — which lawmakers worry are are too close to China's government.

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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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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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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.