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Vice President Kamala Harris applauds as President Joe Biden speaks during a bill signing ceremony for the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
10 Accomplishments of the First Two Years of the Biden-Harris Administration

Over the past two years, the Biden-Harris administration and the Democratic-run House and Senate acted to lower healthcare and drug costs; fight climate change and reduce energy costs; invest in mental health care; and invest in American manufacturing and infrastructure.

FILE - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, on Dec. 7, 2022. Stein announced a bid for governor in 2024 on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, with the Democrat pledging to focus on public education, economic opportunity and equality and to provide a sharp contrast with a potential Republican opponent. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein Announces 2024 Campaign for Governor

As state attorney general, Stein has defended reproductive freedom in North Carolina, reduced the state’s testing backlog on sexual assault kits, defended voting rights, and helped negotiate a national opioid settlement.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, left, speaks while Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, listens during a post-election news conference at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 2022. Republicans made seat gains in both the House and Senate on Election Day, with Senate Republicans now holding a veto-proof majority. But Moore said House Republicans fell one seat short of a similar veto-proof threshold (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson)
‘Deception, Surprise and Trickery’: NC House Republicans Change Rules to Make it Easier to Bypass Gov. Cooper’s Veto Pen

Republicans pushed through temporary rules that omit a longstanding requirement that House leaders give at least two days' notice before holding a vote to override the governor's veto of a bill. The change, which likely will be debated when permanent rules surface, could allow Republicans to complete an override simply because one Democrat leaves to take a phone call.

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Abortion Rights, Medicaid Expansion, and School Funding: What North Carolina’s 2023 Legislative Session Means for You

North Carolina's Republican-led legislature could expand Medicaid to cover 600,000 more residents this year, but they could also try to ban abortion in the state, robbing their constituents of their reproductive freedom.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens to the fifth round of votes in the House chamber as the House meets for a second day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Republicans Repeatedly Failed to Elect a New House Speaker. Here’s What That Means and Why It Matters

The new Republican-controlled House has thus far failed six separate times to elect a House Speaker—the first time such a debacle has occurred since 1923. Until the new Congress elects a speaker, the House cannot assign members to committees, introduce or vote on legislation, help constituents, or even swear in members.

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2022 Was A Busy Year for the Federal Government. Here Are 10 Things Passed By Federal Lawmakers.

Under Democratic control, the federal government acted to lower healthcare and prescription drug costs; fight climate change and lower energy costs; invest in gun safety and mental healthcare; and implement a generational investment in American industry, manufacturing, and infrastructure.