Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction moratorium as Delta spreads in US – live

Supreme court ruled Congress must authorize extension beyond 31 July President expected to announce vaccine mandate for US federal workers Speech comes after CDC recommends masks in some areas Republicans’ new tone on vaccines having little effect on hardcore holdouts 4.57pm BST A new poll puts Joe Biden’s approval rating at 48%, which is down … Read more

Republicans lash out against revised CDC mask guidance – live updates

Greetings from Washington, live blog readers. Republicans are reacting with criticism and scorn to the new mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC director, Dr Rochelle Walensky, announced yesterday that the agency was now recommending indoor mask usage for Americans living in regions seeing high spread of the Delta variant … Read more

‘This is how I’m going to die’: officers recount Capitol attack ordeal – live

Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, is up next. She begins with a tribute to all those who defended and staffed the Capitol on 6 January. “You saved the day, you saved the constitution,” she says, before asking Sgt Gonell about his experience in a fight on the day. He “apologises for his outburst” regarding going … Read more

Dozens of medical groups call for mandatory health worker vaccinations – US politics live

3.15pm BST15:15 The White House is not lifting travel restrictions “at this point” because of concerns over the delta variant, an administration official told Reuters. According to Reuters, the official cited the more highly transmissible delta variant and the rising number of coronavirus cases in the US to justify keeping the restrictions in place. The … Read more

Most unvaccinated Americans unlikely to get shots, poll finds, as Delta spreads – live

About 16% say they will get the vaccine, according to AP poll Kay Ivey says it’s ‘time to start blaming the unvaccinated’ for rise in cases Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say Philadelphia health officials recommend masks in public indoor settings 8.44pm BST In other Bill de Blasio news, the mayor … Read more

Republicans pull members from Capitol attack committee after Pelosi rejects duo – live

7.56pm BST19:56 Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan both addressed the press at the same press conference where House minority leader Kevin McCarthy discussed his decision to pull all Republicans from the House select committee investigating the 6 January attack of the US Capitol after House speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected his appointment of representatives Banks … Read more

US justice department charges four Chinese nationals in Microsoft Exchange hack – live

4.00pm BST16:00 Joe Biden is set to speak on the economy and the bipartisan infrastructure plan at 11.30 local time. CNN is reporting that the president will use this speech to counter concerns that his economic plan will accelerate inflation. The speech comes with the bipartisan group working on the bipartisan infrastructure plan at odds … Read more

Biden to meet Senate Democrats to push $3.5tn ‘human infrastructure’ plan – live

2.44pm BST14:44 Republicans wasted no time in criticizing Democrats’ $3.5tn proposal, arguing that the plan would cause prices to rise in the US. Congressman Jason Smith, the top Republican on the House budget committee, directly tied the new proposal to the labor department’s latest report showing inflation growth hit a 13-year high last month. Rep. … Read more

Harris to meet Texas Democrats who fled state to block voting restriction bill – live

Texas Democrats come to Capitol: ‘We won’t buckle to the big lie’ Lawmakers arrive in DC to call for legislation to strengthen voting rights Explainer: why did Democratic lawmakers flee Texas? Texas governor vows to arrest Democratic legislators who fled Austin 7.25pm BST Joe Biden is due to give a major speech on voting rights … Read more

US supreme court upholds Arizona voting restrictions – live

4.50pm BST16:50 The Guardian’s Sam Levine reports on the supreme court’s decision in Brnovich v Democratic National Committee: The US supreme court has upheld two Arizona voting restrictions in a ruling that dealt a major blow to the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 civil rights law designed to prevent voting discrimination. In a 6-3 … Read more