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Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar during a press conference in July 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Multiple progressive House Democrats voted against a $1.9 billion bill to increase security at the U.S. Capitol in response to the deadly Jan. 6 riot over policing concerns.

Why it matters: Because of the defections, Democrats only narrowly passed the spending bill, demonstrating their tenuous majority in the chamber.

How they voted: Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) voted against the bill.

  • Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voted present.

What they're saying: "A bill that pours $1.9 billion into increased police surveillance and force without addressing the underlying threats of organized and violent white supremacy, radicalization, and disinformation that led to this attack will not prevent it from happening again," Bush, Omar and Pressley said in a joint statement after the vote.

  • "Increasing law enforcement funds does not inherently protect or safeguard the Capitol Hill or surrounding D.C. community," they added.
  • "We cannot support this increased funding while many of our communities continue to face police brutality while marching in the streets, and while questions about the disparate response between insurrectionists and those protesting in defense of Black lives go unanswered."

Bowman said in a statement the riot happened "because the threat of white supremacy has been enabled to spread and fester throughout our nation — including within law enforcement. That is something that still needs to be addressed by Congress and investigated thoroughly."

  • "Instead of responding to crises with calls for more police, our response must be much more holistic. I do not support adding additional funding to already bloated police budgets," he added.

The big picture: The bill gives Capitol Police $43.9 million, $520.9 million to the National Guard and $250 million for Capitol grounds security improvements.

  • Most Democrats have argued that the upgrades funded by the legislation are needed to patch the security shortcomings exploited by the pro-Trump mob on the day of the riot.

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Former President Trump during a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Seven Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, several of his associates and extremist group leaders on Thursday, alleging they organized a plot to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power that culminated into the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: The suit argues that Trump and the other defendants violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which in part prohibited conspiracies to overthrow the federal government.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.