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DC Politics Roundup: GOP Flips CA House Seat And The Next Coronavirus Relief Bill




U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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In the special election race to replace former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned in October, former Navy pilot Mike Garcia became the first Republican to flip a Democratic House seat in California since 1998. Democratic Assemblymember Christy Smith conceded the race yesterday. Garcia and Smith will again face off in November, when voters will decide who wins a new two-year term.

Then, the latest development in an F.B.I. investigation into corruption at Los Angeles city hall — real estate developer George Chiang will plead guilty in connection with a scheme to bribe public officials.

What's the latest on the next coronavirus relief bill? A $3-trillion proposal introduced by House Democrats, which would direct funds to states, local governments and individuals, has already been rejected by Republicans. 

And today, ousted vaccine expert Rick Bright testifies before a House panel. Bright says he was removed as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority because he was uncomfortable with promoting hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health called today’s hearing after Bright filed a whistleblower complaint with the Office of Special Counsel over his removal.

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Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving