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President Biden participates virtually during the first meeting of the interagency task force on reproductive health-care access, a team that includes Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, left, and Attorney General Merrick Garland. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Today, President Biden signed an executive order directing his health secretary to consider actions to help patients traveling out of state for abortions. The action comes a day after Kansas voters rejected a bid to strip abortion protections from the state constitution, a major victory for abortion rights supporters in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In remarks from the White House, Biden said Republicans “don’t have a clue about the power of American women. Last night in Congress and Kansas, they found out.”

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Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and three other people, including two members of her staff, were killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office in Elkhart County, Ind.

Walorski, 58, was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Route 19 south of Route 119, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver of a northbound vehicle traveled left of the centerline and collided head-on with the sport-utility vehicle carrying Walorski and staffers Zachery Potts, 27, and Emma Thomson, 28. All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died of their injuries.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) left Taiwan after a trip that rankled Beijing. On Capitol Hill, the Senate is in session this week, seeking to move forward on a number of key issues before breaking for August recess. On tap Wednesday: a vote to approve the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO. It is expected to pass with widespread bipartisan support.

Your daily dashboard

  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) testified before a Senate panel on reform of the Electoral Count Act. Watch here.
  • 12:45 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters. Watch here.
  • 2 p.m. Eastern: Biden spoke virtually on securing access to reproductive health-care services. Watch here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Eastern: The Senate approved the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. Watch here.

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