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Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and President Trump at an event. Photo: Aaron Bernstein-Pool/Getty Images

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows only 26% of voters trust Republicans to handle sexual harassment and misconduct issues in the workplace.

Why it matters: This is the year #MeToo hits the campaign trail. Voters will be less tolerant of misconduct from their elected representatives, and they've witnessed how both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have handled this issue over the last year. Some progressive groups are even requesting candidates to disclose instances of sexual harassment.

Other battle lines: The poll found that 44% of voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on the issues of jobs, the economy, immigration and national security. These are all top issues for Americans when they head to the voting booths in November, and the daunting numbers for Democrats could make it harder for them to take back the House.

  • Yes, but: Health care is a consistently prioritized issue for voters across the country, and those polled trust Democrats 44% to 37% to handle that issue in Congress.
  • Democrats also got higher marks on the environment (50%,) energy (43%,) education (45%.)

One more thing: A majority (52%) of voters think Congress should prioritize investigating whether some of President Trump's campaign officials had contacts with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

Go deeper: The #MeToo moments on the campaign trail.

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Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.

Women politicians are under siege

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images

Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.

Why it matters: As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation. Collectively, it's discouraged women from running for office.