The Morning Dispatch: Republicans Block ‘For the People’ Act With Filibuster

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A federal appeals court on Monday issued a stay on U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez’s ruling earlier this month that overturned California’s “assault weapons” ban. The move will allow the state to continue enforcing its current gun control regime, at least temporarily.

  • The United States will likely fall short of President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of American adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4, Jeffrey Zients—head of the White House COVID-19 response team—said yesterday. According to Centers for Disease Control, 65.5 percent of Americans older than 18 have received at least one vaccine dose, and 56 percent are fully vaccinated.

  • The Democrats’ “For the People Act” stalled in the Senate on Tuesday, with Senate Republicans using the legislative filibuster to prevent the legislation—which would fundamentally overhaul how elections are run nationwide—from advancing to debate.

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