Kamala Harris breaks Senate tie to begin Covid relief package debate – live

11.14pm GMT

The Senate is now debating the coronavirus relief package

Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican of Wisconsin, objected to waiving the reading of the 628-page bill in its entirety – in an attempt to delay the process. So, Senate clerks are now reading the bill aloud. This will likely take at least a dozen or more hours in total.

5:54pm: 500 more pages to go!

10.41pm GMT

An effort to restrict voting is under way across America, but there are few places where that assault is more clear, and more urgent, than in Georgia. I know we’ve talked about Georgia before, but this week, I want to dig in to exactly what Georgia lawmakers are proposing to make it harder to vote right now and why it matters.

On Monday, the Georgia house of representatives approved a bill, HB531, that would implement sweeping changes to the state’s voting system. Among other measures, the bill would:

Related: Fight to vote: This is how Georgia Republicans are attacking democracy

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