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Marjorie Taylor Greene Chickens Out On Moving Against Mike Johnson

MTG chickens out of vote against JohnsonRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said last week that she would force the House of Representatives to hold a referendum on whether to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) this week, but so far she’s not doing it.

Greene emerged from a meeting with Johnson on Tuesday saying that “the ball is in Mike Johnson’s court” to act on a set of “suggestions” for running the House that she and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) presented to the speaker.

Asked about the timeline for Johnson to respond, Greene wouldn’t be specific.

“That’s up to Mike Johnson, and it can’t drag out,” she said. “These are things that have to be done.”

The suggestions — Greene and Massie have insisted that they aren’t demands — include only allowing votes on bills with support from a majority of Republicans, not providing further funding for Ukraine, and defunding the special counsel prosecuting former President Donald Trump.

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House swears in New York Democrat, thinning GOP majority

Rep. Tim Kennedy, D-NY sworn in

Rep. Tim Kennedy (D-N.Y.) was sworn in on the House floor Monday, replacing the now-retired Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and leaving Republicans with just a one-vote margin for any partisan vote.

Kennedy, previously a state senator, defeated GOP candidate Gary Dickson in a special election for New York’s 26th Congressional District last week.

“I stand before you humbled by the opportunity God has given us to be together in this moment,” he said on the floor after being sworn in. “This awesome and magnificent responsibility that’s been granted to me by the people of Western New York.”

The total number of lawmakers in the House now stands at 430 — 217 Republicans and 213 Democrats — narrowing the GOP conference’s razor-thin majority. The margin has thinned in recent months as multiple Republican members have elected to resign from office early.

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The clock is ticking to fix Social Security as retirees face automatic cut in 9 years

Retirees with Social Security to lose 20% in nine years

Congress has less than a decade to fix Social Security before the popular program runs short of cash, threatening a sharp cut in benefits for nearly 60 million retirees and family members, according to a government report released Monday.

The report from Social Security trustees predicts the retirement program's trust fund will be exhausted in November of 2033. At that point, benefits would automatically be cut by 21%, unless lawmakers adopt changes before then.

There's some good news in the new forecast. Thanks to higher-than-expected worker productivity and a decline in expected disabilities, Social Security isn't burning through cash as fast as trustees predicted a year ago.

Congress has less than a decade to fix Social Security before the popular program runs short of cash, threatening a sharp cut in benefits for nearly 60 million retirees and family members, according to a government report released Monday.

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Florida Rep. Bill Posey becomes latest Republican to announce retirement

Bill Posey

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he is retiring at the end of this year, adding to a wave of congressional retirements.

“It has been the greatest honor of Katie’s and my life to represent you in Congress,” Posey said in a statement. “And, polls suggest that because of YOUR support, I could remain in the job forever, and we were looking forward to another spirited campaign for a final term in office.”

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Mitch McConnell Says He Doesn't Think Presidents Should Be Immune From Prosecution

Mitch McConnellSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday presidents should not be immune from criminal prosecution for actions taken in office, as the Supreme Court considers the issue.

“Obviously, I don’t think that,” McConnell told “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker when asked about the assertion, which former President Donald Trump has brought to the nation’s highest court.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday presidents should not be immune from criminal prosecution for actions taken in office, as the Supreme Court considers the issue.

“Obviously, I don’t think that,” McConnell told “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker when asked about the assertion, which former President Donald Trump has brought to the nation’s highest court.

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Congress clears $95bn aid package for Ukraine and Israel

Congress passes foreign aid bill

The US Senate has approved a $95bn (£76bn) foreign aid package that includes military support for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation into law on Wednesday.

The Senate on Tuesday evening backed the measure passed by the US House of Representatives on Saturday.

It includes $61bn in military aid for Ukraine, which the Pentagon says can start being delivered to the war-torn nation "within days".

It passed in a bipartisan vote of 79-18.

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House passes aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan after months of fierce debate

Aid to Israel, Ukraine and TaiwanThe House approved a set of long-awaited foreign aid bills on Saturday that would send funds to Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific region after months of it being stalled by Republican infighting.

Passage of the bills also could cost Speaker Mike Johnson his leadership position and status as second in line to the presidency.

The bills mostly mirror an earlier foreign aid package the Senate passed earlier this year. But this one is broken up into pieces as an attempt by Johnson, R-La., to appease his conference by allowing GOP lawmakers to pick and choose what aspects of the bill they support.

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