US national news roundup: US Senate bipartisan group discusses curtailed election bill; Biden’s immigration targets fade after setbacks at U.S.-Mexico border and more

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U.S. Senate bipartisan group discusses curtailed election bill

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators are discussing a scaled-down law focused on safeguarding election results and protecting election officials from harassment after Democrats twice defeated a voting rights bill. Lawmakers led by Republican Senator Susan Collins and including conservative Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, are due to meet virtually Friday to discuss reforming the Voter Count Act of 1887, sometimes called the ECA, which allows members of Congress to contest the results of the presidential elections.

Biden’s immigration targets fade after setbacks at U.S.-Mexico border

Days after US President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, two of his top immigration advisers presented bold plans, including a major immigration reform bill, a 100-day moratorium on deportations and a strategy to restore protections for asylum seekers that were degraded under former President Donald Trump. A year later, those goals remain unmet after Biden officials spent much of his first year in office struggling with record border arrests, unfavorable immigration court rulings, Republican opposition in Congress and internal divisions between liberals and moderates within his own administration.

Biden administration raises minimum wage for US federal employees to $15

US federal agencies have been ordered to raise the minimum wage for government employees to $15 an hour, according to a new directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

The directive will affect nearly 70,000 federal employees, most of whom work in the Departments of Defense, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, the OPM said in a statement Friday.

US House panel turns to big oil tips in upcoming climate survey

A US congressional committee invited key members of the board of directors of four oil majors to testify in February about the industry’s role in climate change and the spread of ‘misinformation’, mounting pressure on major corporations. oil companies after lawmakers grilled their CEOs last year. The hearing of officials from Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP, scheduled for February 8, is the next phase of the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing investigation into the role of fossil fuel companies in blocking action against climate change and the distortion of industry efforts to combat climate change. this.

Georgia prosecutor calls for special grand jury in Trump election probe

Georgia’s largest county prosecutor on Thursday requested a special grand jury with subpoena power to help him investigate then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the election results of 2020 US state. In a letter to Fulton County Chief Judge, first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, District Attorney Fani Willis wrote that several witnesses questioned had refused to cooperate in the absence of a subpoena. appear demanding their testimony.

Is COVID receding in the United States? The data paints an encouraging scenario

According to a Reuters analysis of public health data, new coronavirus cases are declining in parts of the United States hardest hit by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, offering an early indication that the virus may be receding again. COVID-19 infections declined in 15 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, analysis from last week through Wednesday showed compared to the previous week.

Anti-abortion activists march in Washington, buoyed by declining access to abortion in the United States

Abortion advocates will take to the streets of Washington on Friday for the annual “March for Life,” their mood boosted by the state’s recent abortion restrictions and the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon to upend long-standing abortion rights. The march marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that established a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy before the fetus was viable, at around 24 weeks.

US panel investigating January 6 attack requests interview with Ivanka Trump

The U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol requested an interview Thursday with the daughter of former U.S. President Donald Trump and White House aide Ivanka Trump . In a letter to Ivanka Trump, lawmakers said they were seeking her voluntary cooperation with their ongoing investigation and would limit their questions to issues related to events surrounding that day, including activities leading up to it. or influenced him and his role in the White House. at this moment.

US charges man with human trafficking after 4 freeze to death near Canadian border

US authorities charged a man with human trafficking of Indian nationals from Canada on Thursday, the day after four people, including a baby, were found frozen to death in a remote area of ​​Canada near the Minnesota border. . The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office said Steve Shand, 47, was arrested just south of the border on Wednesday while driving two undocumented Indian citizens.

Alzheimer’s patient groups protest US Medicare coverage proposal limiting use of new drugs

Alzheimer’s patient groups, disappointed by Medicare’s plan to severely limit coverage for new drugs for the brain-melting disease, are planning advertising and lobbying campaigns to protest a proposal that, according to them, could delay their use by 10 years. “Congress needs to know how bad this will be for patients,” said John Dwyer, president of the advocacy group Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP).

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