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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States conducted a series of airstrikes last night against facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria. The strikes, ordered by President Joe Biden, came “in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq,” according to a Defense Department spokesman. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters the administration was “confident” the target of the airstrikes “was being used by the same Shia militia that conducted the strikes [against Americans in Iraq].”
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled last night that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour through the budget reconciliation process does not comply with Senate rules, dealing a blow to Democrats who hoped to include the provision in their coronavirus relief package. Some progressive Democrats are advocating for overruling MacDonough, but White House officials have made clear they will not.
The Senate voted 64-35 on Thursday to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Department of Energy.