Capitol Hill

Democrats try to create legislation protecting abortion rights at federal level

On Capitol Hill, Democrats rush to unveil legislation next week that would protect abortion rights after that Supreme Court draft leak indicating a majority of justices are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Democratic lawmakers have an uphill battle, however, as they lack the 60 votes needed to pass federal legislation. Meanwhile, the abortion debate is heating up midterm primaries across the country.

Lawmakers press oil company heads on prices at the pump

The heads of some of the largest oil companies are on Capitol Hill today, getting grilled about rising gas prices. Lawmakers are trying to find answers as to why Americans are paying so much at the gas pump and why prices haven’t fallen much despite the government releasing one million barrels a day from the strategic petroleum reserve.

Senators struggle to amend, finish $1T infrastructure bill

By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro

Nearing decision time, senators were struggling to wrap up work on the bipartisan infrastructure plan despite hopes to expedite consideration and voting on the nearly $1 trillion proposal. The package had appeared on track for eventual Senate passage, a rare accord between Republicans and Democrats joining on a shared priority that also is essential to President Joe Biden’s agenda. But senators hit new problems late Thursday as they worked late into the night on amendments. A procedural vote was set for Saturday.