U.S. Congress

COMMENTARY

Big pharma’s safety pledge isn’t enough to build public confidence in COVID-19 vaccine – here’s what will

BY: - September 18, 2020

Americans are increasingly concerned that regulators and manufacturers will rush a vaccine to market without an adequate review. That prompted nine vaccine front-runners, including Pfizer and Merck, to promise to abide by clinical and ethical standards in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in any vaccine that ultimately comes to market. As a scholar […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors last Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

Why D.C. lawmakers are voting remotely during the pandemic

BY: - September 4, 2020

WASHINGTON —U.S. House Republicans have a new line of attack against some Democrats — they charge they are failing to show up for work. The criticism refers to 2020’s practice of proxy voting in the House, which enables lawmakers of either party to cast votes even when they are not at the Capitol. The emergency […]

‘Let’s just feed our kids’: Advocates press to extend federal aid for school meals

BY: - August 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A school nutrition leader in Virginia is calling on the federal government to extend a summer meals program to support hungry kids as schools reopen this fall. “One of our primary needs at this point is to try to maintain the summer food service,” Larry Wade Sr., director of school nutrition services for […]

Record number of women running for Congress this year with Kansas leading the way

BY: - August 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — More women from across the nation are running for Congress this year than ever before, and Kansas is leading the way in making history on the ballot. For the first time ever, there will be a female candidate in each of Kansas’ U.S. House and Senate races in November. All of the Democratic […]

DeWine says state doesn’t have money to supplement unemployment, but silent on more federal dollars to states

BY: - August 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said the state doesn't have the money to supplement unemployment benefits. But he didn't speak up for a plan to send state and local governments additional money.

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

BY: and - August 10, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 […]

Axne prods Congress to help teachers as worries spread over going back to school

BY: - August 7, 2020

Teachers were feeling stressed out even before the pandemic began, and their anxieties have exploded as lawmakers and school leaders debate whether to launch in-person classes this fall. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa is hoping that her push to highlight teacher mental health in a House measure will prod Congress to do more to […]

As lawmakers squabble over unemployment, jobless workers face a big hit

BY: - July 31, 2020

Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600-a-week level or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that often […]

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol one more time

BY: - July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must […]

Senate Republicans pursue benefits pay cut for jobless; adjourn without action

BY: - July 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal for a fifth […]

COMMENTARY

Extra $600/wk in unemployment benefits must not be allowed to expire

BY: - July 24, 2020

For working people who have been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment support from the federal government has been a lifeline — helping them keep food on the table and a roof over their head. It’s kept people spending money — supporting the state and local economy, too. As the number of coronavirus cases […]