coronavirus-relief

COMMENTARY

Our elected leaders can’t overlook the intellectually disabled during COVID-19 | Opinion

BY: - May 18, 2020

People’s lives are at stake. We are out of staff, out of money, out of PPE and out of time. If ever there was a time to help the most vulnerable, it is now.

Pa.’s Wild, Lamb vote against $3T COVID-19 relief bill that’s been declared ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate

BY: and - May 16, 2020

Two Pennsylvania Democrats split from their party late Friday to vote against a a massive $3 trillion relief bill aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split as U.S. Senate spars over state bailouts

BY: - April 30, 2020

The two United States senators are divided over a hotly contested issue on Capitol Hill: whether to provide more federal aid for ailing cities and states.

COMMENTARY

A criminal record shouldn’t be a barrier to the Paycheck Protection Program | Opinion

BY: - April 27, 2020

To get through this crisis, we need relief efforts and policies that include these members of our community, rather than exclude them.

Trump signs $484B relief bill as lawmakers pledge future aid for states

BY: - April 24, 2020

President Donald Trump has said he'll sign the bill, which provides a fresh infusion of cash to a loan fund aimed at helping small businesses.

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

BY: - April 22, 2020

The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote on the measure — although it’s unclear how many lawmakers will return to Washington — and President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will sign it.

Pa.’s Casey, Scanlon call for fairer distribution of COVID-19 relief fund money

BY: - April 15, 2020

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers accused the Trump administration of playing favorites in doling out $2 trillion in federal aid authorized by the recent COVID-19 bailout bill, by distributing money according to 2019 Medicare revenues. In a conference call with journalists Wednesday, U.S. Sen, Bob Casey, D-Pa., and U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, said the […]

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 9, 2020

One in seven Pennsylvanians, or 1.75 million people benefit from SNAP. That's about 14 percent of the state's total population.

COMMENTARY

In fight over COVID-19 relief bills, Pa. lawmakers walk a political tightrope | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 9, 2020

From loan forgiveness to bills to help childcare centers, there's no shortage of ideas. Still, the plans highlight partisan divisions on the way forward.

COMMENTARY

Trump’s attacks on independent oversight tell you all you need to know about his priorities | John L. Micek

BY: - April 8, 2020

If there is one thing that authoritarians try to do, it's to bend truth to their own will; to replace fact with a narrative that favors the Dear Leader.

COVID-19 in Philly: City Council approves $85.4M in coronavirus relief spending

BY: - April 2, 2020

Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved the transfer ordinance in an abbreviated session nearly all members attended remotely.

Congress preps for next round of coronavirus relief; Democrats signal priorities

BY: - April 2, 2020

The next bill could include huge infrastructure projects, and U.S. House Democrats are pushing to include some of their top priorities.