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House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Congress
House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
2021-02-27 17:52:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The House passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in the wee hours of Saturday morning, helping President Joe Biden clear the first hurdle in passing an economic stimulus bill that includes $1,400 in direct payments to U.S.... Read More

FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
Health
FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
2021-02-26 21:31:46
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed the rules around storage and transportation for some coronavirus vaccines in order to speed up the vaccine rollout. Frozen vials of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to be kept at... Read More

Fauci: Whatever Vaccine is Available, Take It
Health
Fauci: Whatever Vaccine is Available, Take It

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says if a coronavirus vaccine is available, regardless of which one, take it. The top U.S. infectious disease expert told NBC on Thursday a third vaccine becoming available “is nothing but good news” and would... Read More

Biden Tells Virtual Gathering Face Mask Distribution Coming
White House
Biden Tells Virtual Gathering Face Mask Distribution Coming
2021-02-24 21:54:31
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said during a virtual meeting with essential workers on Wednesday that the administration plans to distribute millions of cloth face masks beginning early next month. According to a statement from the White House, the reusable, American-made masks... Read More

FDA Says J&J 1-Dose Shot Prevents COVID; Final Decision Soon
Health
FDA Says J&J 1-Dose Shot Prevents COVID; Final Decision Soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.  The Food... Read More

$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
Congress
$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
2021-02-22 21:47:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee approved reconciliations to President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus relief legislation Monday, setting in motion the bill’s final vote in the full House of Representatives expected to follow this week.  If enacted,... Read More

Big Factor in COVID Votes: Would Dems Sink First Biden Goal?
Congress
Big Factor in COVID Votes: Would Dems Sink First Biden Goal?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders have a potent dynamic on their side as Congress preps for its first votes on the party's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill: Would any Democrat dare cast the vote that scuttles new President Joe Biden's... Read More

US Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches Milestone of 500,000
Health
US Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches Milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just... Read More

New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
2021-02-19 19:45:41
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK -- A groundbreaking “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey for the first time finds that only half of Americans say that they will receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available for them to receive it. Driving this lack of enthusiasm,... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Agenda for COVID Recovery
Political News
NewDEAL Forum Releases Agenda for COVID Recovery
2021-02-19 19:45:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the vital role of state and local government in achieving President Biden’s charge for our country to Build Back Better, the NewDEAL Forum released policy recommendations Thursday for responding to immediate crises and addressing long-term challenges exacerbated... Read More

As Momentum Builds, Analysts Discuss Proposals for a Basic Child Allowance
Child Care
As Momentum Builds, Analysts Discuss Proposals for a Basic Child Allowance
2021-02-19 15:21:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With proposals by both the Biden Administration and Sen. Mitt Romney coming to the table in early 2021, prospects for an American child allowance have their strongest-ever chance of coming to fruition. Both plans create a new child... Read More

FDA Greenlights Record Number of Medical Devices
FDA
FDA Greenlights Record Number of Medical Devices
2021-02-18 20:18:43
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - In a public health milestone, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it approved a record setting amount of novel medical devices in 2020.  In 2020, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health gave the... Read More

US Life Expectancy Drops a Year in Pandemic, Most Since WWII
Health
US Life Expectancy Drops a Year in Pandemic, Most Since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting.Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly... Read More

Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
Political News
Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
2021-02-17 21:12:04
by Dan McCue

DENVER, Colo. - Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Wednesday reintroduced their Medicare-X Choice Act by urging their colleagues to embrace it as a way of expanding both the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.  During a late... Read More

Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House
Congress
Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by... Read More

Biden Reframes His Goal on Reopening of Elementary Schools
Education
Biden Reframes His Goal on Reopening of Elementary Schools

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Joe Biden is promising a majority of elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, restating his goal after his administration came under fire when... Read More

Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
Health
Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
2021-02-16 15:57:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Since the earliest days of the pandemic, the CDC has said COVID appeared to have a disproportionate impact on those negatively affected by social determinants of health. These conditions in the environments in which people are born, live,... Read More

Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
Cities
Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
2021-02-16 15:51:31
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Representatives from a DC non-profit say the coronavirus has severely increased the reliance of underprivileged communities on their services, which emphasizes the socially destabilizing impacts of the virus. The DC neighborhoods around the headquarters of Martha's Table, a... Read More

Vaccine Delays Leave Grocery Workers Feeling Expendable
Health
Vaccine Delays Leave Grocery Workers Feeling Expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic's front-line workers.A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines,... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
Health
Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
2021-02-12 21:23:22
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mark Warner, D-Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection... Read More

Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
Business
Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
2021-02-12 21:16:10
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has made clear that broadband access goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity, exposing the inequities and lack of resources for black-owned businesses across the country, according to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission. Since the onset of... Read More

CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
In The News
CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
2021-02-12 20:45:26
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its long-awaited guidance on safely reopening schools, emphasizing that it is"critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible." The top recommendations are what one... Read More

Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels
Congress
Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan.The... Read More

Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback
Education
Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback

President Joe Biden is being accused of backpedaling on his pledge to reopen the nation's schools after the White House added fine print to his promise and made clear that a full reopening is still far from sight.Biden's initial pledge... Read More

'Overwhelm the Problem': Inside Biden's War on COVID-19
Health
'Overwhelm the Problem': Inside Biden's War on COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices.The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant... Read More

Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
Supreme Court
Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
2021-02-11 15:05:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act should be upheld, reversing the position taken by the Trump Administration. The justices heard oral arguments in November in multiple cases involving a... Read More

Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
Political News
Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
2021-02-10 21:08:45
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin next week for his first official trip as president, participating in a TV town hall from Milwaukee. Biden will take questions at a socially-distanced, invitation-only event hosted by CNN next Tuesday night, according to... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
2021-02-10 16:54:35
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling for a vote on a standalone bill focused on the vaccine development and distribution portion of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
Congress
House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
2021-02-10 16:47:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Committee is meeting Wednesday to mark up sweeping COVID-19 legislation that the panel's chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts, says will enable Americans from all walks of life to better confront the lingering... Read More

Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
Foreign Affairs
Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
2021-02-10 15:53:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — When it comes to COVID restrictions along America’s northern border, the United States and Canada are treating travelers rather differently. While this may not be as concerning for most general discretionary travel, bi-national families are increasingly frustrated with... Read More

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