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U.S. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and energy bill clears first hurdle to passage

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to advance to debate on Democrats’ sweeping energy, health and taxes bill, clearing a major hurdle to passage. The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure and indicated that it had enough support from Democrats to overcome unified Republican opposition.
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With car thefts still on the rise, lawmakers propose new penalties

Two state senators are introducing legislation they say will address what authorities characterize as an alarming rise in car thefts by stiffening penalties for ringleaders who recruit minors to steal cars and imposing new consequences for repeat offenders. “We may not get you tomorrow, damn it. But we’re coming for you,” said state Sen. Richard […] The post With car thefts still on the rise, lawmakers propose new penalties appeared first on New Jersey Monitor.
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