COVID relief

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting next week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

States question whether new federal stimulus law rules out tax cuts

BY: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package prohibiting […]

Congress clears giant $1.9T emergency relief package for Biden’s signature

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. Ohio state and local government is slated to receive about $11.2 billion from the package. The massive bill also includes a new round of $1,400 […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown supported the bill while Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted against it. The Senate […]

Senate imposes limits on aid for state, local governments in COVID relief bill

BY: - March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, after drafting a number of revisions that, among other changes, tweak the aid intended for state and local governments. The legislation approved in the House outlines $350 billion in direct aid to state, local governments, territories and […]

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

BY: - March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” They argue that a […]

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

BY: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to the president’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in mid-March. The package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, passed 219-212. It includes a gradual […]

COMMENTARY

Congress must act quickly to help most vulnerable, lay ground for recovery

BY: - February 26, 2021

We live in a nation of plenty: Stocks on Wall Street keep rising in value and Americans produced $20 trillion in goods last year. But many working Ohioans and families in our state aren’t sharing in the abundance, and haven’t been for a long, long time. Ohio’s job growth was 0.5% in 2019, about a […]

U.S. Senate hears from Ohio on the need for economic relief, minimum wage boost

BY: - February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — In anticipation of U.S. House votes on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Sen. Sherrod Brown held a Thursday hearing heavy on Ohio witnesses who stressed the urgent need for help at the grassroots. Brown, an Ohio Democrat who chairs the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said that the […]

Bipartisan state, local leaders in Biden meeting push for direct aid in COVID-19 relief

BY: - February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan mayors from Detroit and Miami who met at the White House on Friday with President Joe Biden emerged saying they back his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and urged it be passed. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, defended the need for $350 billion in the Biden plan for states and localities, […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9T relief package despite GOP push for less

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who had […]

GOP senators score meeting with Biden to discuss more modest relief plan

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Rob Portman of Ohio — sketched […]