Pa. to share in $63M in federal aid to support community schools | Friday Morning Coffee
The money also will help expand or establish community schools in eight states and territories, the Biden admin said.
Local health officials, orgs educate communities on Monkeypox emergency | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday morning, all. ICYMI: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for Monkeypox on Thursday afternoon as the U.S. recorded more than 6,600 cases nationwide. The declaration comes nearly two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “emergency of international concern.” Federal officials report that a formal emergency declaration will allow the administration to expand testing and vaccine access. Department of Health and Human Services […]
Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox
More than 6,600 monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. The hardest-hit states are New York, California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights
The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and signed by 32 other Democrats, called the decision “an unprecedented assault on women” and pushed Biden “to use the full force of the federal government to protect abortion access in the United States.”
Chesapeake Bay federal funding bump could be used to boost restoration efforts in Pa., bay advocacy group says
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and technical assistance for farmers enrolled in conservation programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), would see a $2.6 million bump from 2022 funding levels to $90.6 million in the 2023 fiscal year.
Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal; how Pa. benefits
Tribal programs within Interior would receive $4.5 billion, an increase of more than $1 billion, to support public safety, social services, climate and education initiatives. That funding would cover $632 million for public safety and justice programs, including a collaboration with the Justice Department to “address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.”
New process for asylum cases at the border unveiled by Biden administration
The Biden administration announced Thursday steps to expedite asylum cases at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to resolve a years-long backlog, but policy advocates worry the streamlined process could prevent asylum seekers from obtaining legal representation if their cases are denied.
U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia
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.
Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again
The opinion by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian, was a setback for the Biden administration and Democrats who would have to reach 60 votes in the Senate for any immigration reform, rather than a simple majority through reconciliation, a process reserved for matters that affect spending, revenues, the deficit or the debt limit. The Senate is evenly split between the parties.
FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans
The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign as soon as Monday, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s decision threw up a roadblock for that goal.
Nat’l parks struggling with maintenance, including Pa., would get a boost under Biden budget request
A 2018 National Park Service study found about $12 billion of overdue maintenance in the agency.