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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»

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump's executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. Read more»

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»

A Phoenix police officer on June 23, 2020.

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»

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»

Gov. Doug Ducey gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic response during an April 22, 2020, press conference.

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines. Read more»

Volunteers for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance fill bags with donated food.

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on a call with reporters that the proposal to work a 'Heroes Fund'into the fourth phase of the congressional response to the pandemic would support not only health care workers but also grocery store clerks, truck drivers, transit operators and other essential workers.

Senate Democrats rolled out a new plan Tuesday to hike up pay for health care workers and other essential employees on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more»

President Donald Trump at press briefing to discuss coronavirus.

The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries. Read more»

Senate Democrats on Monday again blocked a massive stimulus package responding to the coronavirus outbreak, though Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held out hope for a deal by the end of the day. Read more»

Congress passed, and the president signed, the second multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill in as many weeks on Wednesday. Lawmakers and the administration now say they need a stimulus package of up to $1 trillion to offset economic harm from COVID-19.

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag. Read more»

Quibbling over legislative language in an emergency relief package for Americans impacted by the coronavirus came to an end in the House of Representatives on Monday night, putting finalization of the multibillion-dollar aid deal squarely in the Senate’s court. Read more»

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, in an October photo after House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room to protest the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. That outspoken support of Trump earned Lesko a role this week as one of eight House members tapped to defend the president.

Testimony in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Tuesday, with at least two Arizonans looking on in unofficial capacities as senators engaged in an all-day debate of procedure. Read more»

President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, even as he announced sanctions against Turkey for attacking former U.S. allies there, the Kurds. But the House voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Trump’s action on Syria.

Three Arizona Republicans held fast with President Donald Trump as the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to rebuke the president’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. Read more»

March for Our Lives Arizona activists Jacob Martinez and Josie Wright (center) discuss voting and gun safety with Jocelyn Saccuci of Phoenix at the Valley Metro light rail stop at Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix.

Throughout the day Wednesday, #endgunviolence demonstrations were held throughout the country, with the largest one held in Washington, D.C., where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer addressed the crowd. Read more»

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