Senate Democrats pitch new voting bill in effort to break filibuster logjam– live

• Freedom to Vote Act includes wide-ranging reforms in compromise• Senator threatens to subpoena defense secretary over Afghan pulloutSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 4.29pm BST The Senate foreign relations committee is now holding a hearing on the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, a day after the panel’s House counterpart held a similar hearing.Secretary of state Antony Blinken is present to testify at the hearing, but defense secretary Lloyd Austin declined the committee’s request to appear..@SenatorMenendez: “I’m very disappointed that Secretary Austin declined our request to testify today…I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him and others…to testify.” pic.twitter.com/QMaspQ4cV6 4.11pm BST Appearing alongside Gavin Newsom in Long Beach last night, Joe Biden warned that the governor’s top rival, conservative radio host Larry Elder, is a “clone of Donald Trump”.“Can you imagine him being governor of this state? You can’t let that happen,” Biden said.California, today is Election Day. We’re counting on you to vote NO on the recall to keep @GavinNewsom in office and California moving forward.Polls are open until 8pm. Make your voice heard. Related: Biden joins Newsom as California governor makes final push in recall election Continue reading…
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