Amber Phillips, Washington Post

Amber Phillips

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Recent articles by Amber:

What does Kyrsten Sinema want in Democrats’ social spending bill? Here’s what we know.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is a holdout on Democrats' safety net bill who is hard to read. → Read More

What voting rights provisions might Republicans support?

Democrats desperately want to get a voting rights bill passed. But short of ending the filibuster, they’re going to need Republican votes to do it. → Read More

How the global supply chain crisis is posing a political problem for President Biden

The port of Los Angeles is severely backlogged as a result of a snarled global supply chain, creating long waits for goods, higher prices, a potential political headache for Biden. → Read More

If Trump aides don’t comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoenas, here’s what happens

The special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection and former president Donald Trump’s role in it is only as good as the documents it can get and the people it can talk to. That's becoming a problem. → Read More

How changing the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling could solve Democrats’ problems — and maybe create more

Powerful Democrats are coalescing around an idea to eliminate the filibuster for the debt ceiling, except at least one: Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.). → Read More

5 ways this debt ceiling standoff could end

With weeks to go, all the likeliest options for how the debt ceiling debate ends — hopefully without a default. → Read More

Why South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is so polarizing

A look at Kristi Noem, South Dakota's lightning-rod governor, who recently made headlines and who may have an eye on 2024. → Read More

From Jayapal to Manchin: The key players in Democrats’ congressional battles

And what they want on the infrastructure and social spending bills. → Read More

Why is Washington so dysfunctional?

A conversation with The Post’s Paul Kane, former Republican congressman Charlie Dent and former Democratic congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. → Read More

A day-by-day guide to Congress’s high-stakes budget week

Congress needs to figure out how to keep the government open by midnight Thursday, raise the debt ceiling to avoid an economic catastrophe, pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill and try to vote on Democrats’ major social policy and climate change legislation. → Read More

What to know about a potential government shutdown

If the government shuts down next week, here's what would happen. → Read More

The debt-ceiling fight, explained

Could the U.S. soon be plunged into a recession and face financial calamity by defaulting on its loans for the first time ever? It’s at least a possibility as a deadline to raise the debt limit comes up in October. → Read More

How Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough will rule on reconciliation

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough will advise Democrats on what they can squeeze into their massive spending bill. → Read More

The potential trouble with Jan. 6 defendant prosecutions

As far-right groups prepare to come back to the Capitol on Saturday, prosecutors may have hit a speed bump with some of the more serious charges against Jan. 6 defendants. → Read More

Sen. James Risch’s odd questioning about a button pusher in the White House controlling Biden

Republicans continue to grab at low-hanging fruit attacking Biden, often in place of legitimate questions about the Afghanistan withdrawal. → Read More

What legal ground do Republican governors have to push back on vaccine mandates?

A 1905 Supreme Court case, Jacobson vs. Massachusetts, suggests they will have an uphill battle. → Read More

What to know about the big budget battles in Congress

The next few weeks will be the most challenging ones in a decade for Democrats in Congress. For starters, they need to figure out how to keep the government open, raise the debt ceiling and pass emergency natural disaster aid. → Read More

What federal law is Kevin McCarthy citing when he threatens telecommunication firms?

The top House Republican is trying to stop the Jan. 6 committee from getting phone records by using vague legal threats. → Read More

Can Trump use executive privilege to stall the Jan. 6 investigation?

Trump doesn't ultimately decide what is covered by executive privilege, but he could stall the process enough to damage the investigation. → Read More

Why Nancy Pelosi is being heralded as ‘masterful’

This week the House speaker steered her party out of a fight that leadership warned would be “mutually assured destruction.” → Read More