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

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»

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»

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), gives opening remarks at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing for a nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on May 5, 2020.

Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he is stunned that federal agents seized the cellphone of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as part of an insider trading probe. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump on Feb. 19, 2020, in Phoenix.

If you want to see a mesmerizing combination of desperation and ineptitude on display, just take a look at Sen. Martha McSally. Her absurd (and wildly untrue) response to a column about COVID-19 aid is "You weren't supposed to hear that!" Read more»

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally listens to President Donald Trump speak at Honeywell International’s mask-making operation in Phoenix May 5, 2020.

Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can't access. 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»

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claims state and local bailouts are just for Democrats. Wait 'til he gets a load of Arizona.

Trump's presidency may depend on keeping the Grand Canyon State happy, unless you believe the current coronavirus-sparked recession somehow knows how to stop at Red state lines. Read more»

After approving a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package just weeks ago, Congress added another $484 billion for health care, but mostly to revive a $349 billion loan program for small businesses that run out of money shortly after it opened.

Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services. Read more»

Tape outside of a pet-goods store in San Diego shows a few of the steps taken by businesses to respect social-distancing measures while remaining open for customers.

Replenishment of a federal loan program for small businesses failed to get Senate approval Monday amid a dispute over money for coronavirus testing. Read more»

Unemployment claims set a record for a third straight week last week, when 129,215 Arizonans filed jobless claims. They were among the 6.6 million Americans who filed first-time jobless claims in the week as COVID-19 continued to batter the economy.

Unemployment claims set a record for a third straight week last week, when 129,215 Arizonans filed jobless claims. They were among the 6.6 million Americans who filed first-time jobless claims in the week as COVID-19 continued to batter the economy. 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»

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»

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