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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the sexual harassment allegations published by BuzzFeed News against Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) "extremely troubling" and said he's asked for a review of "all policies and procedures related to workplace harassment and discrimination," according to a statement released this morning.

Why it matters: This is the first House member to be specifically named in a sexual harassment allegation since Rep. Jackie Speier has drawn attention to problems in Congress's harassment claim process. Paul Ryan has already called for all House members and staff to undergo anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.

His statement:

"This report is extremely troubling. Last month, I directed the Committee on House Administration to conduct a full review of all policies and procedures related to workplace harassment and discrimination. A Committee hearing last week examining this issue led to a new policy of mandatory training for all members and staff. Additional reforms to the system are under consideration as the committee continues its review. People who work in the House deserve and are entitled to a workplace without harassment or discrimination."

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.