Senate Republicans Block Debate on COVID-19 Relief
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Senate Republicans Block Debate on COVID-19 Relief
2022-04-06 15:11:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to begin debate on a $10 billion COVID-19 compromise, hoping to force inclusion of an amendment that would prevent President Joe Biden from lifting Trump-era restrictions on migrants entering the U.S.... Read More

USDA to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Small Agriculture Businesses
2021-09-09 20:22:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday it would begin issuing new grant program applications for agricultural stakeholders funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Small businesses in certain commodity areas will be able to... Read More

In The States
Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Fund Schools’ COVID Recovery Efforts
2021-07-08 20:31:25
by Ansley Puckett

LANSING. Mich.— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined students and staff on Wednesday at Ojibwa Elementary in Macomb county to sign a bill that appropriates $4.4 billion in federal COVID relief funding to schools.  According to a release, House Bill 4421... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Alaska Natives Should Get COVID-19 Aid
2021-06-25 21:17:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Friday that millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief aid tied up in court for months, rightfully should be given to Alaska Natives rather than tribes in other parts of the country. The case cast... Read More

New Guidance Issued on COVID Relief State and Local Governments
2021-04-16 18:41:25
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has released updated guidance on its pre-award requirements for state and local governments to receive direct coronavirus relief payments under the American Rescue Plan Act. It particular the guidance outlines the “immediate” steps municipalities need... Read More

In The States
Inslee Taps Feds for $2.2 Billion in Relief Funds
2021-02-19 22:04:45
by TWN Staff

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday approved the appropriation of $2.2 billion federal funding earmarked to help move the state from COVID-19 pandemic to a lasting recovery. House Bill 1368, which the governor signed Friday afternoon, draws from a pool of... Read More

Will Congress Revamp Reconciliation to Quickly Pass Biden COVID Relief Plan?
2021-01-26 21:22:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's the buzzword of everyone wanting to bypass GOP resistance and pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and it could upend decades of precedent when it comes to the federal budget process. The word is... Read More

Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
2020-12-18 22:19:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to make sure the lights don’t go dark on Broadway any longer than necessary as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the live entertainment industry. Since quarantine shut down much of the industry last March, actors, singers,... Read More

Lawmakers Wrapping Up Omnibus Deal, Plan to File Tuesday

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers are close to agreement on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 and are planning to file the legislative text on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with... Read More

NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses
2020-12-11 16:51:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The NewDEAL Forum's Renewing America Task Force on Friday released a list of recommendations intended to help state and local governments maximize COVID-relief aid for small businesses. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, more than... Read More

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

Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
2020-11-17 16:53:45
by Sara Wilkerson

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program.  The tourism body revised its traditional marketing program, creating the... Read More

Economists and Educators Make Plea for Bigger COVID-19 Relief Bailout
2020-06-23 18:38:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Economists and educators asked a congressional committee Monday for a federal bailout to help ethnic minorities who they say are hit unequally hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They agreed widely that African Americans and Latinos are losing their... Read More

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