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Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states, cities

The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance.... Read more»0

Postmaster general says he’s suspending post office overhaul until after the election

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall.... Read more»0

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package.... Read more»0

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.... Read more»1

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it 'nonsense'

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities.... Read more»0

Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color.... Read more»0

Trump signs modest police reform order, defends police as ‘brave’

President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.... Read more»0

Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic will lead to more summer heat deaths

The heat could be even deadlier this summer, which experts predict will be warmer than normal, as people are spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have less access to libraries, shopping centers and other air conditioned public spaces.... Read more»0

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. ... Read more»0