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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote this month on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which has been publicly endorsed by President Trump but opposed by some hardline conservatives.

Why it matters: McConnell has said he would only bring the bill to the floor if it had the votes to pass. The bill has continued to gather support among both parties over the past few weeks and is almost certain to pass the Senate, but will have to go back through the House before reaching the president's desk. McConnell said members should "be prepared to work between Christmas and New Year's if necessary in order to complete our work."

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Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.

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