Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 5, 2022
The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are left with life-changing symptoms after fighting off the initial illness.
U.S. Senate strikes bipartisan agreement on $10 billion in COVID-19 funding
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 4, 2022
The funding total announced Monday is less than half of the $22.5 billion the Biden administration asked Congress for at the beginning of March.
5 questions about COVID-19 funding that’s stuck in D.C.
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 1, 2022
Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away.
Biden pleads with Congress for more COVID aid, gets his own second booster
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 30, 2022
Speaking from the White House, Biden said that without a bipartisan agreement on new funding, the federal government will need to roll back or end programs meant to curb the spread of the virus.
Second COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 29, 2022
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised.
Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 28, 2022
“I’m calling for one of the largest investments in our national security in history, with the funds needed to ensure that our military remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best equipped military in the world,” Biden said in a statement.
U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 24, 2022
The new economic restrictions on Russia and billions more in aid for Ukrainians were detailed as President Joe Biden huddled with North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Group of Seven leaders at a summit in Brussels.
Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from a ‘neutral posture’
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 21, 2022
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation’s first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own.
U.S. House moves to revoke Russia, Belarus trade status; 8 Republicans vote no
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 17, 2022
The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, another step the federal government hopes will end the Russian war in Ukraine.
Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine
By: Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - March 16, 2022
During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy drew a comparison between attacks on the United States and on his democracy and called on the U.S. to institute a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
U.S. Senate confirms Louisiana’s Shalanda Young to head up White House budget agency
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 15, 2022
Young, former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, will become the first Black woman to head up the Cabinet-level agency that releases the president’s budget request, oversees federal agencies’ performance and reviews significant federal regulations.
With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall
By: Jennifer Shutt - March 15, 2022
Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday that without the $22.5 billion the White House requested last month, there will be a drop-off in the federal government’s ability to purchase tests, treatments and vaccines.