Health

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

Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street
Cities
Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — During last year's Carnival season, tourists at the Elysian Fields Inn gathered over breakfast to talk about parades from the night before. At NOLA Art Bar, they sipped cocktails and watched a parade go by. At... Read More

EU Chief: Bloc Was Late, Over-Confident on Vaccine Rollout
International
EU Chief: Bloc Was Late, Over-Confident on Vaccine Rollout

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union surpassed 500,000 people lost to the virus, the EU Commission chief said Wednesday that the bloc's much-criticized vaccine rollout could be partly blamed on the EU being over-optimistic, over-confident and plainly "late."European Commission... Read More

Biden Pitches COVID Relief Proposal to Business Leaders
White House
Biden Pitches COVID Relief Proposal to Business Leaders
2021-02-09 21:35:59
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden invited a select group of business leaders to the White House Tuesday afternoon to hear their thoughts and hopefully garner their support for his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. Sitting with his back to the... Read More

California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity
State News
California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have been difficult to come by, the 69-year-old got one by showing proof she lives where she... Read More

Dems Propose $1,400 Payments as Part of Biden Virus Relief
Congress
Dems Propose $1,400 Payments as Part of Biden Virus Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Monday proposed an additional $1,400 in direct payments to individuals as Congress began piecing together a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that tracks President Joe Biden's plan for battling the pandemic, but also differs... Read More

New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
Opinion Polls
New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
2021-02-08 17:12:31
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - New polling data conducted by Hart Research on behalf of Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy organization, shows that Americans across party lines support healt hcare reforms as the top priority for the Biden administration. The same... Read More

California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling
State News
California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office on Saturday issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic, but left in place restrictions on singing... Read More

Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census
Census
Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census

The human loss from the coronavirus will not be reflected in the 2020 census because of a matter of timing, which could save a congressional seat for New York but cost Alabama one. Because the start of the pandemic in... Read More

CDC Report Shows LGBTQ More at Risk From COVID-19
Health
CDC Report Shows LGBTQ More at Risk From COVID-19
2021-02-05 21:46:11
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The Centers for Disease Control issued a report on Thursday that said LGBTQ people are more at risk of severe coronavirus than the general American population because of underlying health conditions and called for more data to be collected. According... Read More

New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
Think Tanks
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
2021-02-05 17:48:16
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals... Read More

Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan
Economy
Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Friday with leading House Democrats who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law, drawing on new signs of strain in the economy to push... Read More

Stuck in DC, Biden Team Pitches Rest of US on Big Virus Aid
Political News
Stuck in DC, Biden Team Pitches Rest of US on Big Virus Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Joe Biden gathers with senators and works the phones with Capitol Hill to push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, his team is increasingly focused on selling the plan directly to voters. His administration... Read More

Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid with Dems, Wants Fast Action
Economy
Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid with Dems, Wants Fast Action

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own, if Republicans refuse... Read More

Fauci Warns Against Super Bowl Parties to Avoid Virus Spread
Health
Fauci Warns Against Super Bowl Parties to Avoid Virus Spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top infectious disease expert doesn't want the Super Bowl to turn into a super spreader. Dr. Anthony Fauci, says when it comes to Super Bowl parties during the pandemic, people should “just lay low and... Read More

State Health Officials Ask Congress to Help in COVID-19 Vaccinations
Health
State Health Officials Ask Congress to Help in COVID-19 Vaccinations
2021-02-03 16:54:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Signs of hope are emerging to end the COVID-19 pandemic but they will continue only if the United States speeds up its rate of vaccinations, state health officials told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday. The number of vaccinations administered... Read More

New Study Shows State of Charitable Giving During COVID-19 Pandemic
Charitable Giving
New Study Shows State of Charitable Giving During COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-02-02 19:52:38
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study from DealAid.org shows that over 70% of Americans have made a donation to charitable organizations in 2020, a near 10% increase from those who donated to charities in 2019. Over 1,100 Americans were surveyed to determine how... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
Health
Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
2021-02-02 16:04:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday, Jan. 28, instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to open a new special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from Feb. 15 to May 15.  The... Read More

Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
Health
Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal. The news is a boost for the shot that is increasingly... Read More

Biden Meets Republicans on Virus Aid, but No Quick Deal
Political News
Biden Meets Republicans on Virus Aid, but No Quick Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Republican senators during a two-hour meeting he's unwilling to settle on an insufficient coronavirus aid package after they pitched their slimmed down $618 billion proposal that's a fraction of the $1.9 trillion he is... Read More

Pelosi, Schumer Move Budget Resolution, Paving Way for COVID Relief Passage Via Reconciliation
Congress
Pelosi, Schumer Move Budget Resolution, Paving Way for COVID Relief Passage Via Reconciliation
2021-02-01 21:15:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer filed a joint budget resolution Monday, paving the way to enabling Democrats to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID Relief Package without a single Republican vote. The... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Report Suggests Recommendations on Urgent Health Issues
Think Tanks
Bipartisan Policy Report Suggests Recommendations on Urgent Health Issues
2021-02-01 16:27:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While the nation continues to grapple with challenges from the pandemic, a bipartisan group of former policymakers and analysts have come together at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, to suggest urgent federal actions to accelerate... Read More

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