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President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to allocate funding for the fight against COVID-19, warning that a failure to do so would put the country’s pandemic progress on the line as the federal dollars that provide treatments, PPE, free vaccines and tests are running out. Read more»

The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week includes $75 million in Help America Vote Act grants — a major reduction compared to years past, and experts say the amount is insufficient to fund local elections and leaves local election offices without resources. Read more»

The City of Tucson and Pima County will host virtual meetings on March 17 to take public comment on the upcoming annual action plan for housing and community services.

The City of Tucson and Pima County will host two public hearings regarding how it intends to address housing and community development during the next fiscal year. Read more»

Vulnerable lawmakers from throughout the country are set to rake in federal cash for home-state projects after a major spending bill included the first round of earmarks in more than a decade. Read more»

Congressional leaders pulled more than $15 billion in emergency COVID-19 aid from a government funding bill after infuriated Democrats said their states would get shut out of promised cash from a 2021 pandemic relief package. Read more»

El agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza Kevin Hecht muestra un robot en el área de capacitación de CBP, que incluye un túnel para que los agentes tengan una idea de las condiciones en las que pueden necesitar desplegar un robot.

La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de EE. UU. se está quedando atrás en tecnología actualizada y el personal necesario para asegurar la frontera suroeste de 1,954 millas con México, a pesar de recibir $ 743 millones para tales actualizaciones desde 2017. Read more»

Government aid has helped many child care facilities remain open during the pandemic.

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars for child care providers will continue to flow this year, but advocates warn that the money won’t solve the industry’s fundamental, long-term challenge: how to provide quality services and pay workers a competitive wage while keeping prices affordable. Read more»

In an acknowledgement of pandemic-related disruptions, the Census Bureau recently announced it would review its count of people living in institutions such as college dormitories, prisons and nursing homes.

Starting this week, communities that think they were undercounted can file challenges with the U.S. Census Bureau - but the so-called Count Question Resolution process only allows cities to challenge mapping mistakes that mistakenly placed people outside of city limits. Read more»

Footage from cameras along the border is relayed to a main control room, where agents look for unnatural movements in the desert.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is lagging in updated technology and staff needed to secure the 1,954-mile Southwest border with Mexico, according to a February inspector general’s audit by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more»

A new runway at Tucson International Airport will be partly paid for with $31 million from the recent federal infrastructure package, along with other safety improvement. Read more»

The Calapooia River Bridge, also called the Brownsville Bridge, spans the Calapooia River on Main Street in Brownsville, Oregon. Many rural leaders worry that they lack the staff and matching dollars to compete with bigger cities for their fair share of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law.

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure law should provide a huge boost to rural communities struggling to maintain crumbling infrastructure in the face of diminishing resources, but rural leaders worry that they lack the staff and matching dollars to compete with bigger cities for their share. Read more»

The U.S. government funded a significant portion of the R&D behind the Moderna vaccine.

A quiet monthslong legal fight between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents recently burst into public view, pointing to serious problems in the ways U.S. companies bring drugs and vaccines to market. Read more»

Child care provider Missaaliyah Jackson uses flashcards with Remi Goff, 2, at Premier Children's Center in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. Read more»

Native American Connections’ latest multifamily housing building is at Fillmore Street and Second Avenue in Phoenix.

Affordable housing is crucial to everyone because it provides stability and builds a sense of community, but Arizona needs federal funds to create all types of affordable housing, from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Read more»

USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Justin Maxson with resident Shamar El-Shabazz and site manager Hassana 'Aliyah' Shareef at Hunters Ridge Apartments, a multifamily property development, in Farmville, N.C.

States with small populations say a federal plan to take back unspent emergency rental aid and redistribute it elsewhere is unfair, potentially depriving them and their residents of millions of dollars to address broad affordable housing challenges. Read more»

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