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Lawmakers announce $2 trillion coronavirus response deal

BY: - March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate leaders announced a compromise with the White House on a massive $2 trillion spending package that would send checks to Americans and provide aid to small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal was announced early Wednesday morning after days of heated negotiations on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Both Ohio […]

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; 40 Republicans dissent

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]

U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]

Top health officials warn of coronavirus: ‘It’s going to get worse’

BY: - March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over. “Is the worst yet to come?” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis. The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

COMMENTARY

Trump the performer, and his inadequacy to the moment

BY: - March 10, 2020

The thought began with some armchair political speculation a few weeks back: President Trump was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration’s coronavirus efforts. I had just recently mentioned in a column an awful HIV outbreak in Indiana that occurred under Pence’s watch, his response to which did not help matters. Politico […]

2020 Dem nomination contest comes to Ohio this week

BY: - March 9, 2020

With two frontrunners remaining, the Democratic presidential primary is at last turning its attention to Ohio. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have announced plans to campaign in Ohio on Tuesday. Both candidates will host events in Cleveland, with Biden also making a stop in Columbus.  Six states vote on Tuesday, with the most delegates being […]

U.S. Senate Democrats slam Trump officials for coronavirus response

BY: - March 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug […]

LGBTQ+ protections, pet euthanasia, women’s policy, and the impacts of racism

BY: - March 4, 2020

Whiplash. NPR is reporting that under the Trump administration, Obama-era policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ people have been rescinded one by one. “The Trump administration is — tit for tat — … trying to reverse-engineer every single one of those advances,” one law professor says. The pound. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles is reporting, “Bill Would Ban Use Of […]

At CPAC, Jordan decries socialism and ‘coup’ against Trump

BY: - March 2, 2020

An hour after a bearded man named Grizzly Joe opened the day’s proceedings with the Pledge of Allegiance, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan took the stage at CPAC to decry socialism and an alleged coup against the president. Jordan, a Republican from Urbana who represents a swath of northern Ohio, was a featured guest at the […]

Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding

BY: - March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal year. The Trump administration this month asked Congress to slash the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for fiscal 2021— that’s a 26% cut from the funding the agency received […]