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2020-03-27 21:41:50
by Dan McCue
Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's... Read More

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, a plan to have a mostly mail-in election in the wake of... Read More

2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

2020-03-27 13:40:19
by Dan McCue
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new... Read More

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify... Read More

EPA Backs Off Enforcing Pollution Rules as Virus Strains Work

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily relax civil enforcement of various environmental regulations, a move it says is necessary... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily relax civil enforcement of various environmental regulations, a move it says is necessary given worker shortages and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a memo issued Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

2020-03-26 15:42:57
by Dan McCue
Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs and business closures stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The figure shattered the previous record of... Read More

Senate Unanimously Passes Massive Coronavirus Aid Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far... Read More

2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island -... Read More

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

2020-03-25 16:19:42
by Dan McCue
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2... Read More

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of... Read More

White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently... Read More

2020-03-24 23:18:50
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation

WASHINGTON - With the latest economic stimulus bill stalled on Capitol Hill since Sunday, both the Blue Dogs and New... Read More

WASHINGTON - With the latest economic stimulus bill stalled on Capitol Hill since Sunday, both the Blue Dogs and New Democrat coalitions in the House are calling for an end to the partisanship that is preventing the roughly $2 trillion... Read More

2020-03-24 12:54:42
by Dan McCue
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number... Read More

2020-03-23 19:15:32
by Tom Ramstack
Lawsuit Against Trump Delayed While Similar Dispute Pending

WASHINGTON - A federal judge put a lawsuit by Congress against President Donald Trump on hold Friday until other legal... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge put a lawsuit by Congress against President Donald Trump on hold Friday until other legal action against the White House is resolved. The lawsuit filed by congressional Democrats seeks six years of Trump’s federal tax... Read More

Election Limbo as Coronavirus Outbreak Upends US Primaries

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus might be in place... Read More

Virus Concerns Lead to `Public' Meetings Without the Public

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with... Read More

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state's open-meetings law to let all governmental entities meet via... Read More

2020-03-23 17:10:26
by Dan McCue
McMaster Latest Governor to Allow 'To-Go' Liquor Sales

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Saturday directed the state's Department of Revenue to waive regulations and allow restaurants to... Read More

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Saturday directed the state's Department of Revenue to waive regulations and allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or to-go orders. The move came just days after McMaster... Read More

2020-03-20 16:50:32
by Dan McCue
First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set to impose similar restrictions at the U.S. border with Mexico later today. It was only two months ago President Donald... Read More

Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Could Deliver $3K to Family of Four

The emerging $1 trillion aid package intended to help weather the COVID-19 economic storm appears likely to deliver $1,000 to... Read More

The emerging $1 trillion aid package intended to help weather the COVID-19 economic storm appears likely to deliver $1,000 to every U.S. adult, plus $500 per child, according to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and a GOP senator involved in the drafting.... Read More

Joe Biden, Nominee-in-Waiting, With a Long Wait

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the three weeks since his blowout win in the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden has emerged... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the three weeks since his blowout win in the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic presidential nominee-in-waiting. But, amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, put the emphasis on waiting. Biden holds... Read More

2020 Campaigns Go Digital Amid Fears of Coronavirus Spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more rallies. No more door-knocking. And no more in-person fundraisers, raking in dollars from dozens of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more rallies. No more door-knocking. And no more in-person fundraisers, raking in dollars from dozens of millionaires at once. The coronavirus has disrupted American life, and the 2020 presidential campaign is no exception. Amid calls for social distancing to stop the... Read More

White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package amid the coronavirus outbreak. It's the biggest effort yet... Read More

2020-03-20 12:58:49
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to... Read More

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to amend absentee and online primary rules in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic... Read More

2020-03-20 12:55:49
by Dan McCue
House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Though the situation is evolving rapidly, as of Thursday afternoon, House Rules Committee Chairman... Read More

2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

2020-03-19 20:49:14
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than... Read More

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than two years last week, causing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to vow the government will do "everything necessary" to help... Read More

2020-03-19 18:56:05
by Dan McCue
Gabbard, Weld Drop Out of 2020 Presidential Race

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld have ended their 2020 election bids. Gabbard, who... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld have ended their 2020 election bids. Gabbard, who endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, left the race after poor showings in every primary and caucus but one --... Read More

2020-03-19 15:02:34
by Dan McCue
O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all Americans. His latest effort in this area is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to foster workforce training for transitioning military personnel in... Read More

2020-03-19 14:59:19
by Dan McCue
Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., knew it would be a crippling blow to her constituents and the local economy.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., knew it would be a crippling blow to her constituents and the local economy. It had been bad enough when the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 capped the deduction middle... Read More

2020-03-19 14:56:33
by Dan McCue
Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area of jobs development -- the dramatic shortage of support professionals to work with the disabled. Rice, along with Reps. Peter... Read More

2020-03-19 14:51:33
by Dan McCue
Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The filing of the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District... Read More

2020-03-19 14:48:30
by Dan McCue
Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have written a letter to the Congressional leadership, urging them... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have written a letter to the Congressional leadership, urging them to temporarily suspend tariffs imposed by the White House as part of Congress’ upcoming coronavirus response bill. Both Murphy, a... Read More

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