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Politics Apr 23WATCH: Congress delivers nearly $500 billion more in virus aid
Congress has delivered a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending, almost unanimously rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and one in six U.S. jobs.
Politics Apr 02Pelosi creating House committee to oversee economic bailout
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will establish a special House committee with subpoena power to oversee the government's spending of the more than $2.2 trillion approved to bolster the economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Apr 01Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states
This is despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease.
Politics Mar 27Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes
Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American…
Politics Mar 27House plan on $2.2 trillion virus relief bill hits last-minute snag
House leaders' plan for swift action on a $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic's devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system has run into complications. A maverick conservative lawmaker has threatened to delay passage until…
Health Mar 26WATCH: House approves $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill
The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.
Politics Mar 24Coronavirus suddenly upends campaign themes for both parties
The coronavirus pandemic and the nation's crashing economy are scrambling the themes both major political parties thought would carry them to victory in November for control of the White House and Congress.
Politics Mar 18Amid virus, Congress’ leaders resist call for remote voting
The dispute pits the scourge of the infection against two centuries of tradition. It underscores Washington's struggle to adapt to recommendations about how to handle the pandemic.
Economy Mar 16Businesses asks government to act to avert ‘devastating’ hit
In a letter to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for legislation including a three-month cancellation of the taxes companies pay to support Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance.
Politics Mar 14Dems, GOP forge virus outbreak into ’20 campaign issue
WASHINGTON — Coronavirus is already coloring the 2020 campaign, with Democrats convinced President Donald Trump’s response to the outbreak leaves him and down-ballot Republicans vulnerable over the burgeoning health crisis, his competency and — potentially most damaging — the staggering economy.