Return of earmarks a boon for members of Congress facing midterm battles
By: Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - March 10, 2022
WASHINGTON — Vulnerable lawmakers from throughout the country are set to rake in federal cash for home-state projects after a major spending bill included the first round of earmarks in more than a decade. Members from both political parties began requesting thousands of projects last year when U.S. House and Senate leaders resurrected what’s called […]
Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes
By: Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - March 8, 2022
WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]
U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 7, 2022
WASHINGTON — With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote Monday morning that Democrats made “a reasonable global offer to […]
White House wants $10B for Ukraine aid, $22.5B for more COVID help
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 3, 2022
The Ukraine aid is based on the best information the administration has at the moment, an administration official said.
Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - March 1, 2022
'Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos,' Biden told a joint session of Congress.
Here’s what to look for in President Joe Biden’s debut State of the Union speech
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 1, 2022
Biden will urge lawmakers to send him legislation that would lower prescription drug prices, reduce how much families pay for child care and create a national paid family and medical leave program.
Billions in U.S. aid for Ukraine eyed in struggle against Russian invasion
By: Jennifer Shutt - February 28, 2022
WASHINGTON — Congress is working quickly to determine how much military and humanitarian aid it should send to Ukraine as the war in that country continues to claim lives and send hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing as refugees. Lawmakers are working with the Biden administration to provide billions in funding at the same time […]
Reports: Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - February 25, 2022
If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports
By: Jacob Fischler and Jennifer Shutt - February 24, 2022
WASHINGTON — The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion ramped […]
Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions
By: Jennifer Shutt - February 24, 2022
President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia in the wake of its Ukraine invasion.
Members of Congress from both parties in Pa. and beyond urge tough sanctions on Russia
By: Jennifer Shutt, Ariana Figueroa, Jacob Fischler and John L. Micek - February 22, 2022
Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict Russia's economy, not send U.S. soldiers to face Russian troops in the streets of Ukraine.
Biden says Russia has begun invading Ukraine, announces initial sanctions
By: Jennifer Shutt - February 22, 2022
“If Russia goes further with this invasion, we stand prepared to go further, as with sanctions,” Biden said from the East Room of the White House.