U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 21, 2022
The four states selected “appear to have significant issues” related to election disinformation, a committee aide said.
States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 20, 2022
23 states now have laws clamping down on abortion access should the U.S. Supreme Court rewrite abortion law or overturn Roe v. Wade.
Congress looks to break logjam over billions in aid to restaurants, small biz
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 13, 2022
“You can’t be independent if you go bankrupt,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said of efforts to deliver aid to businesses.
U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, ‘America at its best,’ to Supreme Court
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 7, 2022
The 53-47 vote comes just six weeks after President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Jackson from the White House, fulfilling a promise he first made on the campaign trail.
Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 5, 2022
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]
5 questions answered about COVID-19 funding for states that’s still stuck in D.C.
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 2, 2022
WASHINGTON — Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]
Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 28, 2022
The budget request launches a months-long fight over how much the government should spend during the next year.
U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 24, 2022
The meeting is seen as pivotal for democracies seeking to curtail Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and prevent him from going to war in other nations not currently within NATO, or actually attacking one of the 30 member states.
U.S. House moves to revoke Russia, Belarus trade status; 8 Republicans vote no
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 18, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, another step the federal government hopes will end the Russian war in Ukraine. The 424-8 vote sends the measure, which refers to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko as “ruthless” dictators, to the Senate. GOP Reps. […]
Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine
By: Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - March 16, 2022
WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday invoked the Pearl Harbor attacks ahead of World War II and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while urging the United States to do more to stop the Russian war against his country. During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy […]
With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 15, 2022
Without the $22.5B the White House has requested, there will be a drop-off in the government’s ability to buy tests, treatments and vaccines.
Congress nears finish line on spending package that omits aid for COVID tests, treatment
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 10, 2022
WASHINGTON — Congress is close to clearing a massive government funding package that includes billions in aid to Ukraine, but Democrats and Republicans remain locked in a stalemate over additional pandemic relief. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that without billions more in funding, federal testing capacity would begin declining this month, free […]