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Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble
Political News
Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers were finalizing a one-week stopgap funding measure Tuesday to avoid a partial government shutdown starting Friday at midnight, with the only add-ons expected to be a package of expiring health care program extensions, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby.... Read More

Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message
State News
Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus running rampant in Los Angeles and hospitals projected to overflow by Christmas, officials have fallen back on a familiar refrain: Stay home. "My message couldn't be simpler: It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything," Los... Read More

Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details
Congress
Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details

WASHINGTON — After making a big splash last week and injecting a sense of optimism into long-delayed coronavirus relief talks, a bipartisan $908 billion plan is hung up over the specifics of aid to states and localities and liability protections for... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
State News
Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
2020-12-07 21:37:58
by Sean Trambley

MADISON, Wis. — This week, Governor Tony Evers announced that COVID-19 Lodging Grants have been awarded to 663 Wisconsin lodging operators.  The grants aim to provide stabilization to the state’s lodging industry as it continues to be impacted by the... Read More

New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
2020-12-07 20:23:18
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey report from Gallup suggests that Americans’ positive outlook on their mental health is on a nine-point decline from last year, a new low point in Gallup’s 20-year history of measuring Americans’ view on their mental health. The... Read More

Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says
Political News
Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will come "on board" with a $908 billion package to provide pandemic relief, according to a member of a bipartisan group that's seeking legislation before the end of the year. " President Trump has indicated that... Read More

White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration
Health
White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration

Americans should shun the example set by President Donald Trump when it comes to indoor gatherings, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Sunday. Asked about White House and State Department plans to throw indoor parties all month while on NBC's "Meet the Press," Birx said it was... Read More

Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test
Health
Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani became the latest member of President Donald Trump's circle to test positive for coronavirus, the commander in chief announced Sunday, and the former Big Apple mayor stated that he's doing well. "Thank you to all my friends and followers for... Read More

Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary
Health
Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary, a historic choice that would make the former Los Angeles congressman the first Latino to hold the office, according to sources familiar with the decision. Becerra, 62, a... Read More

HHS Chief Sees Vaccine for All Americans by Second Quarter
Health
HHS Chief Sees Vaccine for All Americans by Second Quarter

WASHINGTON — All Americans who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to do so by the second quarter of next year, Health and Human Services Alex Azar said. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to decide as early as Thursday... Read More

Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
Medicare
Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
2020-12-07 14:52:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent cuts to hospital payments through the duration of the COVID public health emergency.  The Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act would delay the Medicare... Read More

Congress Close to Breakthrough on Economic Stimulus Proposal
Congress
Congress Close to Breakthrough on Economic Stimulus Proposal
2020-12-05 00:30:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved a $1.4 trillion relief package closer to approval Friday by joining pandemic assistance and economic stimulus measures into a single bill headed toward a vote in Congress. Negotiations dragged on for months between... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain
Congress
Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain

WASHINGTON — Pressure is building on Congress to pass another economic aid package before the end of the year, and Democratic and Republican leaders said Thursday they're hopeful a deal is possible. But with only a few days left on the legislative calendar,... Read More

Among First Acts, Biden to Call for 100 Days of Mask-Wearing
Health
Among First Acts, Biden to Call for 100 Days of Mask-Wearing

Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of... Read More

CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations
Health
CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations

WASHINGTON — The next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the most difficult yet, warned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who said the agency would cooperate with the incoming Biden administration. Redfield's remarks at a U.S. Chamber of... Read More

Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing
Congress
Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 aid talks got a jolt of momentum Wednesday when the top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill all but endorsed a $908 billion interim package a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled the previous day. In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure
Health
CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says
Health
Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will not automatically authorize emergency use of coronavirus vaccines before completing a rigorous independent review, despite heightened expectations that two vaccine candidates will be available to Americans this month, Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner, told McClatchy in... Read More

Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines
Health
Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents at long-term care centers should be first in line for COVID-19 vaccines, key government advisers urged Tuesday, citing the high risk for infection within the two groups and the positive effects on hospital care.... Read More

Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
Congress
Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
2020-12-01 18:23:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by... Read More

Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths
Health
Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

Coronavirus infections are already reaching unprecedented levels throughout the U.S. Now with Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas and New Year's just around the curve, the question is: Just how much worse is the pandemic going to get? The latest travel data out Monday suggest... Read More

Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results
Business
Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results

Moderna Inc. requested clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. after a new analysis showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety problems. A Moderna spokesman said in a text message late Monday afternoon that its application for an... Read More

Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers
Health
Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers

Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVID-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive. The first COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID
Health
Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID

Top federal officials voiced dire predictions of a nationwide post- Thanksgiving surge in COVID cases on Sunday. "What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, (is) that we might see a surge superimposed upon that... Read More

High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship
Supreme Court
High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new... Read More

Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package
Congress
Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal's attitude toward legislating under a Democratic-led White House might aptly be described as "never let a crisis go to waste." The Massachusetts Democrat wants to take a page from his party's 2009 playbook, when the Obama administration... Read More

Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic
Congress
Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic

WASHINGTON — When the 117th Congress convenes in January, COVID-19 precautions will prevent the 435 House members from gathering in the chamber together, so opening day festivities of swearing in members and electing the speaker will look a little different. House leaders have... Read More

Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing
Economy
Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that she's engaged in bipartisan discussions on COVID-19 aid and urged quick action even if that means "a short-term package for the next few months." "We need to act," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich.,... Read More

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