COVID relief

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 21, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

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Congress should extend a helping hand to small businesses still on the road to recovery

BY: - December 31, 2021

By Greg Manger This holiday season seems merrier and brighter with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully behind us. But for many small business owners like me, the holiday cheer can’t mask the feeling that a winter storm is gathering and that small businesses across the country will need a hand — not a handout […]

Federal judge sides with GOP states challenging limits on tax cuts in pandemic relief law

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of attorneys general in 13 Republican-led states that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted a permanent injunction, found that the prohibition on state […]

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 […]

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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 […]