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Jonathan Ernst / Pool photo via AP

Trump's Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has privately expressed concern to lawmakers the defense budget Trump has proposed is not enough to rebuild the country's military, according to CNN. Mattis has publicly aligned himself with the White House's request.

Why it matters: Republican defense hawks are not happy with Mattis' decision to stand down; the $603 billion defense budget isn't a 10% increase as the White House says, but instead is just 3% more than what Obama was already planning for 2018. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry are pushing for a number more like $640 billion.

Sticking point: The Pentagon was one of the few agencies in Trump's plan that got an increase in the first place, so it would be politically difficult to lobby for more at this point.

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

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Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.