Harris discussed the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade with leaders of colleges and universities, stressing the impact on college-age women and its connection with increased incidents of sexual assault.
In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the House will pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act on Friday.
Kyiv has called to make the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility a demilitarized zone as it trades blame with Moscow for shelling the plant.
Ukraine's Brigadier General said Russian forces have increased air strikes on Ukrainian military positions and infrastructure as Ukrainian troops send reinforcements to Pisky.
The British defense ministry said in its bulletin that Russian forces are likely using anti-personnel mines in the Donbas region, which would lead to many casualties.
A bombing in the western district in Kabul led to eight dead and 22 wounded, with Islamic State claiming responsibility.
Greece's finance minister announced the country would be exiting the enhanced surveillance framework after 12 years.
Johnson spoke to his UAE counterpart where they spoke about the importance of cooperation between the two countries especially surrounding Ukraine and other global issues.
Pelosi praised the Senate's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and said she will urge the House to pass the legislation as it is.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the incoming members of the Cabinet and new officials under the ruling Liberal Democratic Party must "review" their ties to the Unification Church.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
Nancy Pelosi rejects ban on lawmakers owning individual stocks
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the notion that members of Congress and their spouses should not own individual stocks in companies. Pelosi’s response comes as a report that found that dozens of lawmakers and their staffers owned individual stocks that were not publicly disclosed in a period of time.
Speaking at a news conference, Pelosi rejected the notion of banning members of Congress from owning individual stocks. This is despite the concerns of a conflict of interest between the legislative duties of lawmakers and their personal finances.
“No,” said Pelosi on whether she would support a ban. “We’re a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that.”
This follows a report by Business Insider regarding share ownership by members of Congress along with controversies over the stock purchases made by senators during the pandemic. The report found that 49 members of Congress and 182 senior-level congressional staff members were in violation of the STOCK Act. Pelosi said that she had not seen the report by the outlet.
Pelosi said, however, that they have a responsibility to report on their stock trades. “But if people aren’t reporting, they should be,” added the House Speaker.
The act, which was established in 2012, requires members of Congress and their family members to publicly disclose their stock purchases within 45 days of sales or purchases of stocks, bonds, and commodity futures. Violations of the STOCK Act, should it be sanctioned, usually lead to fines of $200.
Pelosi also rejected the notion of a separate piece of legislation to extend the child tax credits as the provision expires this month. The House Speaker cited that it would make it less likely for the Senate to pass US President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal, which already includes an extension to the provision.
“I don’t want to let anybody off the hook on the BBB to say, ‘Well, we covered that one thing, so the pressure is off,’” said the top House Democrat. “I think that is really important leverage in the discussion on BBB, that children and their families will suffer without that payment.”