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Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
Economy
Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
2020-04-24 19:10:57
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved a new coronavirus relief package on Thursday, replenishing funds for small business loans, hospitals, and to expand virus testing. The bill, signed by President Trump Friday afternoon, adds $310 billion to the Paycheck... Read More

Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns
Economy
Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns

WASHINGTON — With unemployment claims topping 26 million in the last five weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the House voted Thursday to approve another half-trillion dollars in federal relief to replenish a depleted small-business loan program and provide money... Read More

House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
Economy
House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
2020-04-24 13:16:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by two Democratic congressmen Thursday would make businesses in the previously flourishing cannabis industry eligible to apply for COVID-19 relief programs run through the Small Business Administration. In the wake of the shuttering of many... Read More

House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
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House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
2020-04-22 19:50:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday shelved a vote on a temporary change to House rules to allow proxy voting, announcing instead that a bipartisan panel will look at it and other issues relating to House operations during... Read More

Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
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Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
2020-04-21 20:55:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has released a lengthy checklist it hopes will help guide the White House and congressional leaders as they continue to work toward fully reopening the U.S. economy. While the caucus, which has 25... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
Economy
Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
2020-04-21 20:33:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition urged the Trump administration Tuesday to fix problems community-based financial institutions are encountering as they try to access the Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
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Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
2020-04-21 18:09:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that... Read More

Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress
Congress
Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress

WASHINGTON — Ahead of a week where voting logistics could be tested in real time, a dozen organizations are urging Congress to enable remote deliberations for House floor and committee action and for Congress to invest in its own technology... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
Economy
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
2020-04-20 19:25:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of Senators is urging the chamber's leadership to support aid to local newspaper, radio and television stations in the next iteration of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader... Read More

White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses
Political News
White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats expressed optimism Sunday that more than $450 billion in loans and aid to Americans most affected by the coronavirus outbreak will be enacted this week, providing a measure of financial help as... Read More

Trump Threatens to Force Congress to Adjourn So He Can Make Recess Appointments
Political News
Trump Threatens to Force Congress to Adjourn So He Can Make Recess Appointments

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked the possibility of taking the extraordinary act of forcing an adjournment of Congress in order to make recess appointments. The president called the use of pro forma sessions — gaveling the Senate... Read More

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