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Politics Mar 03Democrats tighten eligibility limits for COVID-19 relief benefits
President Joe Biden and Democrats have agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks. This is a concession to party moderates, and it comes as leaders prepare to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill through the Senate.
Politics Mar 01Senate Democrats consider changes to House virus relief bill
The chances seem slim that Senate Democrats will find a way to include a minimum wage boost in the massive relief package. Last week, the nonpartisan parliamentarian said it violated the chamber's rules and had to fall from the bill.
Politics Feb 27Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate
The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.
Politics Feb 26WATCH: House Democrats poised to pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package
The relief bill would provide millions of people with $1,400 direct payments. It contains billions of dollars for vaccines and COVID-19 testing, schools, state and local governments, the ailing restaurant and airline industries and emergency jobless benefits while providing tax…
Politics Feb 25AP report: Parliamentarian says COVID-19 bill must lose minimum wage hike
The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats' drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress.
Nation Feb 13AP sources: GOP leader McConnell will vote to acquit Trump
The longest-serving GOP Senate leader in history made his views known in a letter to fellow Republican lawmakers, according to two sources familiar with McConnell’s thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss his decision.
Politics Feb 13AP report: McConnell expected to vote to acquit Trump
The Republican leader's views carry sway among GOP senators and are likely to influence others weighing their votes. While most Democrats are expected to convict the former president, acquittal is likely in the evenly divided Senate.
Politics Feb 11GOP attacks Dems’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill from all angles
The package would provide $1,400 payments to some Americans, hundreds of billions for state and local governments and boost vaccination efforts, raise tax credits for children and increase unemployment benefits.
Politics Feb 08CBO finds $15 minimum wage would reduce poverty, increase federal debt
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would reduce the number of Americans living in poverty and boost wages for millions of people.
Politics Feb 05Rep. Greene responds after House votes to kick her off committees
It was an unprecedented punishment for the chamber and it reflected Democrats' outrage at the hateful and violent conspiracy theories Greene has helped spread.