House to vote on virus bill; arbiter says wage hike a no-go

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 Biden. A near party-line vote seemed certain on the measure, Biden’s first crack at his initial legislative goal […]

Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan

President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive orders that Biden is to sign would increase food aid, protect job […]

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Sen. Rick Scott votes no on COVID-19 relief package

Florida Senator Rick Scott voted no on the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, which includes checks for you and help for small businesses.  But Scott says the bill is full of wasteful spending and handouts. It’s not a secret that businesses and people everywhere are hurting due to the economic impacts COVID-19 has caused. But, […]

Negotiators near agreement on long-delayed COVID-19 aid bill

Congressional negotiators closed in Wednesday on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that would deliver additional “paycheck protection” subsidies to businesses, $300 per week jobless checks, and $600 or so stimulus payments to most Americans. The long-delayed measure was coming together as Capitol Hill combatants finally fashioned difficult compromises, often at the expense of more […]

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Congress passes 1-week funding bill to avert gov’t shutdown

Congress shipped a temporary government-wide funding bill to President Donald Trump on Friday, averting a government shutdown at midnight and buying time for on-again, off-again talks on COVID-19 relief. The bill, which sets a new shutdown deadline of midnight next Friday, passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote Senate vote that came without much […]

Democrats push new $3T coronavirus relief bill through House

 Democrats have powered a massive $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the House, an election-year measure designed to brace a U.S. economy in free fall and a health care system struggling to contain a pandemic still pummeling the country. Friday’s 208-199 vote, with all but one Republican opposed, advances what boils down to a campaign-season display of Democratic […]