Health

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York... Read More

Trump Aides Struggle to Defend His Pandemic Relief Orders as US Cases Reach 5 million
Economy
Trump Aides Struggle to Defend His Pandemic Relief Orders as US Cases Reach 5 million

WASHINGTON — As the United States surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, President Trump’s senior aides on Sunday defended his handling of intertwined economic and public health crises, declaring that Democrats would bear the blame for millions of Americans’ financial... Read More

City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
Cities
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
2020-08-07 19:32:19
by Sara Wilkerson

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will... Read More

Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test
Congress
Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration’s ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats’ proxy voting rule that allows members to cast votes from their districts during the pandemic. Now the Illinois Republican, stuck... Read More

Trump Slams Absentee Voting and Claims Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’
Political News
Trump Slams Absentee Voting and Claims Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’

President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do just that in Florida. Hours after admitting that absentee voting and vote by mail are the same thing, the president... Read More

McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck
Political News
McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach on a coronavirus relief package, even if he has “some problems with certain parts of it.” The Kentucky Republican, who... Read More

'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill
Congress
'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests
Health
Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.... Read More

Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue
Political News
Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

Independent Restaurant Coalition Runs Ad to Support Congressional RESTAURANT Act
Business
Independent Restaurant Coalition Runs Ad to Support Congressional RESTAURANT Act
2020-08-03 20:54:50
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate another package of coronavirus relief, the Independent Restaurant Coalition is stepping up its effort to make sure they are included in the emergency funding this time around.  This week,... Read More

White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill
Political News
White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — As millions of Americans drifted toward financial crisis, the two parties remained deadlocked after weekend talks on another round of economic relief intended to ease the burden of job losses from the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Administration officials and... Read More

Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities
Health
Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic battered large, metropolitan areas this spring, rural hospitals prepared to be next on the front lines. But in order to ready their facilities for a potential surge in patients, those small hospitals had to... Read More

With DACA Ruling, Did Supreme Court Grant Trump New Powers to Reshape Health Care?
Immigration
With DACA Ruling, Did Supreme Court Grant Trump New Powers to Reshape Health Care?

President Donald Trump came into office vowing to repeal and replace Obamacare. While he successfully neutralized the health care law’s requirement that everyone carry insurance, the law remains in effect. When Fox News host Chris Wallace noted that Trump has... Read More

Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
Congress
Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
2020-07-31 19:25:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., vowed Friday that members will not leave the nation's capital until there's a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. Speaking on the House floor, Hoyer said, "We will not start the... Read More

Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
State News
Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
2020-07-31 18:39:44
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin on Thursday became the latest state to impose a statewide face mask mandate, meaning all 24 states with a Democratic governor now have such a requirement in place. By comparison, only 8 of the 26 states with Republican governors... Read More

Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
Emergency Management
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay
Congress
In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the... Read More

D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
Education
D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
2020-07-30 21:39:51
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia officials on Thursday announced that D.C. public schools will hold all classes remotely until the end of the fall semester’s first term on November 6. The decision comes after several neighboring school districts, including Montgomery... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

Rep. Clyburn Asks Kemp for Documents Detailing Georgia’s Handling of COVID-19
State News
Rep. Clyburn Asks Kemp for Documents Detailing Georgia’s Handling of COVID-19

ATLANTA — The chairman of a U.S. House coronavirus subcommittee sent Gov. Brian Kemp a letter Wednesday saying Georgia is not in compliance with White House COVID-19 task force recommendations and requesting detailed plans for dealing with the pandemic. U.S.... Read More

Pelosi Announces Masks Are Required ‘At All Times’ in the House
Congress
Pelosi Announces Masks Are Required ‘At All Times’ in the House

WASHINGTON — In Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Wednesday that masks would now be required on the House floor she reminded those present that, “the speaker has the authority to direct the sergeant at arms to remove a member from the... Read More

Trump, Mnuchin Push Short-Term Aid Package
Economy
Trump, Mnuchin Push Short-Term Aid Package

WASHINGTON — With prospects dim for a broader $1 trillion-plus COVID-19 relief package by the end of the week, President Donald Trump and his top negotiators are talking about a narrow package focused on continuing expanded unemployment benefits and preventing... Read More

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus
In The News
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning at the White House, according to multiple news reports. Gohmert, who was scheduled to fly to Texas on Wednesday morning with President Donald Trump, tested... Read More

As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible
Health
As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

Younger people are less likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19 than their elders, but they circulate more freely while carrying the disease, and their cases are harder to trace. Together, these facts terrify California hospital officials. People under... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
Congress
Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Results from COVID-19 Vaccine Trial May Be Ready by November, Health Officials Say
Health
Results from COVID-19 Vaccine Trial May Be Ready by November, Health Officials Say

WASHINGTON — An experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and biotech company Moderna, Inc., might have results by November or sooner, the federal government’s top infectious disease scientist, Anthony Fauci, said Monday. The public-private partnership... Read More

Republicans Roll Out $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan to Start Talks with Democrats
Political News
Republicans Roll Out $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan to Start Talks with Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans presented their $1 trillion plan to bolster the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy in a series of bills that would trim extra unemployment benefits, send $1,200 payments to most Americans, and shield businesses, schools and other organizations from... Read More

Essential Businesses Detail Lessons Learned, Need for Liability Protections
Economy
Essential Businesses Detail Lessons Learned, Need for Liability Protections
2020-07-27 14:58:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - While many businesses across the country have shuttered doors and furloughed employees, some essential businesses, like those that provide health care, food, utilities, and other critical services, have continued to operate throughout the pandemic. They are now joined... Read More

As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill
Economy
As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill

WASHINGTON — With a $600-a-week unemployment benefit expiring this week, senior White House aides continued to suggest Sunday that a jobless benefit that was too generous would discourage people from going back to work. The officials said a short-term stopgap... Read More

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