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A man stands in front of a screen projecting bubbles and which makes it possible to find a balance following a problem of the inner ear. Photo: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are planning to give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) an additional $2 billion toward their budget this year, which will be the third year in a row they have decided to do so, per the NYT.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats struggle to find common ground on health care, but there's bipartisan support for (and fascination by) medical research "with advances in fields like molecular biology, genetics and regenerative medicine," NYT notes.

One theory for why this area of health care has been supported by Republicans and Democrats: “the charisma of the cure, the hope and promise of curing disease, seems to excite members of Congress,” Anthony J. Mazzaschi, a lobbyist at the national organization representing schools of public health, told NYT.

Battle lines: Although there's bipartisan support for taxpayer-funded medical research, their views on health care are still an issue. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would almost inevitably limit people's access to these new treatments discovered through cutting-edge medical research. As Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois told NYT: “If we are spending billions to incentivize the development of new drugs, I think we also have to ensure that patients can afford those drugs. It is almost cruel to find a cure and then have it priced so high that a patient can’t afford it.”

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 16 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations begin on Tuesday, with testimony from his picks to lead the departments of State, Homeland and Defense.

Why it matters: It's been a slow start for a process that usually takes place days or weeks earlier for incoming presidents. The first slate of nominees will appear on Tuesday before a Republican-controlled Senate, but that will change once the new Democratic senators-elect from Georgia are sworn in.

Kamala Harris resigns from Senate seat ahead of inauguration

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris submitted her resignation from her seat in the U.S. Senate on Monday, two days before she will be sworn into her new role.

What's next: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to serve out the rest of Harris' term, which ends in 2022.

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.