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Biden touts progress fighting the coronavirus in Va.; White House formally releases budget

President Biden speaks at Sportrock Climbing Centers in Alexandria, Va., on Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Biden traveled to Virginia on Friday to tout the state’s progress in combating the coronavirus, a visit that comes on the same day the White House formally proposed a $6 trillion budget plan for 2022 that seeks major changes to the U.S. economy and welfare system.

On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that sought to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump.

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While Senate Republicans succeeded in blocking legislation to create a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission, six GOP senators broke ranks and voted with every Democrat who was present.
Vice President Harris made history as the first female commencement speaker in the nearly 175-year history of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Biden signed an executive order establishing a White House initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, aimed at reducing xenophobia and systemic barriers for the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group.

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