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GOP lawmakers unable to get Mayorkas to say Biden administration facing a ‘crisis’ at border

President Biden gives remarks on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in the White House on Monday. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Republican lawmakers were unable Wednesday to get Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to say the Biden administration is facing a “crisis” at the border as he testified before a House panel on the record influx of unaccompanied teenagers and children crossing the Mexico border.

The hearing came as President Biden marked St. Patrick’s Day by attending Mass and hosting a virtual meeting with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin. In an interview on ABC, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for seeking to influence the 2020 election, and that New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) should resign if an investigation confirms allegations of sexual harassment.

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  • Katherine Tai, a longtime congressional staff lawyer, won Senate confirmation as the first woman of color to serve as the top U.S. trade negotiator.
  • The Senate voted 50 to 49 to limit debate on the nomination of Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a procedural move that could lead to his confirmation as early as Thursday.
  • Anthony S. Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, and Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified on the administration’s efforts to increase coronavirus vaccinations before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Biden said that he was “very concerned” about the Atlanta-area spa shootings that left eight people dead, including six Asian women, noting the sharp uptick in violence in the United States targeting people of Asian descent.
  • Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) sued the Biden administration over its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, alleging the federal government sought to impose “unconstitutional” limits on states’ ability to access some of the aid.