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Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits
White House
Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the sales push begin. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses are opening an ambitious, cross-country tour this week to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion plan to defeat the coronavirus and... Read More

Child Care Relief in COVID Bill Nets Praise
Congress
Child Care Relief in COVID Bill Nets Praise
2021-03-12 14:21:28
by Sara Wilkerson

The National Association for the Education of Young Children announced its support of the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which includes $39 billion in child care relief.  The legislative relief will address the needs of parents, educators and child... Read More

Pace of Spending for Pandemic Aid? Try $43,000 Every Second
Federal Budget
Pace of Spending for Pandemic Aid? Try $43,000 Every Second

BALTIMORE (AP) — To pay out his coronavirus relief package, President Joe Biden must spend an average of $3.7 billion every day for the rest of this year. That's $43,000 every second of every day until midnight chimes on 2022.   For the... Read More

Biden Aims for Quicker Shots, 'Independence From This Virus'
White House
Biden Aims for Quicker Shots, 'Independence From This Virus'

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of... Read More

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Congress
House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
2021-03-10 20:49:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted 220-211 on Wednesday to approve the Senate's revised version of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, sending the bill to the president's desk to be signed. The passage of Biden's "American Rescue Plan" is... Read More

House Set to Vote on Virus Relief, Biden on Cusp of Triumph
Congress
House Set to Vote on Virus Relief, Biden on Cusp of Triumph

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to approve a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, placing President Joe Biden on the cusp of an early triumph that advances Democratic priorities and showcases the unity his party will need to forge... Read More

With Virus Aid in Sight, Democrats Debate Filibuster Changes
Congress
With Virus Aid in Sight, Democrats Debate Filibuster Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of... Read More

Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package
Congress
Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package
2021-03-06 19:48:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Saturday afternoon narrowly passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package with a 50-49 vote down party lines, moving the rescue plan one step closer to President Joe Biden’s desk. The package, settled on after hours... Read More

Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay
In The News
Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate steered on Friday toward a voting marathon on Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. The chamber planned... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated... Read More

Dems Tighten Relief Benefits, Firm Up Support for Virus Bill
In The News
Dems Tighten Relief Benefits, Firm Up Support for Virus Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. At the same time, the White... Read More

Airlines Say They Will Fail Without More Federal Aid
Travel
Airlines Say They Will Fail Without More Federal Aid
2021-03-03 14:57:17
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Airline industry officials made a plea Tuesday for additional federal assistance to help their deeply wounded businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. They asked a congressional committee for another round of Payroll Support Program funds, not only to... Read More

Biden Urges Senate Dems to Rally Behind $1.9T Virus Bill
Congress
Biden Urges Senate Dems to Rally Behind $1.9T Virus Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Senate Democrats to rally behind a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and stood by his proposed $1,400 payments to individuals, even as some party moderates sought to dial back parts of the package."He... Read More

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

House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go
In The News
House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe... Read More

GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package
Congress
GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate's parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.  Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities,... 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

Biden Boosts Pandemic Lending to Smallest of Small Businesses
Economy
Biden Boosts Pandemic Lending to Smallest of Small Businesses
2021-02-22 18:22:30
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden is extending federal pandemic assistance to the smallest of the nation's small businesses and taking steps to ensure funds reach minority and woman-owned businesses. The steps announced Monday morning are intended to bring more equity to the... 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

Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
Think Tanks
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
2021-02-11 19:49:08
by Victoria Turner

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic,... 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

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

Watchdog Warns Biden COVID Relief Plan Comes with Potential Risks
Economy
Watchdog Warns Biden COVID Relief Plan Comes with Potential Risks
2021-02-05 17:52:58
by Victoria Turner

The new administration’s $1.9 trillion relief plan could potentially lead to longer-term risks of increased public debt, higher inflation, overvaluing of products, an economic crash and dependence on future stimulus funding, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.... 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 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

Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief
White House
Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking in coronavirus aid, though congressional Democrats are poised to move... Read More

Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split
Economy
Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress and the White House have rejected a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks, with lawmakers appearing primed to muscle the sweeping economic and virus aid forward without... Read More

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