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President Biden tours Hurricane Ida aftermath

President Biden gets up-close view of Ida’s aftermath in Southeast Louisiana

BY: - September 3, 2021

President Joe Biden arrived in Louisiana Friday afternoon to assess Hurricane Ida’s aftermath and speak to residents in some of the region’s hardest-hit areas. Upon Air Force One’s landing at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the president was welcomed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Steve Scalise, […]

U.S. military has left Afghanistan; evacuation of Americans and Afghans moves into next phase

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Even as the last military planes left Kabul, members of Congress were still trying to facilitate the evacuations of more Americans and Afghans. Reps. Jason Crow (D-Co.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.) and Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) are leading efforts to supply names and contacts of Afghans who helped the U.S. in the last 20 years […]

President Biden promises Louisiana ‘any help’ needed during Hurricane Ida recovery

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden pledged to state and local leaders in Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday that his administration will provide whatever is needed as communities deal with the brutal destruction left by Hurricane Ida. That storm already has resulted in one confirmed death, and that tally is likely to grow, Biden said as he […]

Biden administration launches civil rights investigations of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask requirements

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. […]

Supreme Court rejection of eviction ban increases pressure to dole out rental aid money

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the Biden administration’s last-ditch effort to extend a federal ban on evictions has put hundreds of thousands of American renters at risk of losing their housing — and is increasing pressure on states and localities to get rental assistance dollars distributed faster. In an eight-page majority opinion […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities to earn […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

Rep. Steve Scalise blasts budget resolution as House moves toward final vote

BY: - August 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday muscled through a $3.5 trillion budget framework, overcoming a standoff with a handful of centrists who had demanded the House first approve the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate. That position by 10 House Democrats — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer of […]

House passes voting rights bill but Senate approval unlikely

BY: - August 25, 2021

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed, 219-212, along party lines a bill to reinstate a core section of the Voting Rights Act — a direct rebuke to state laws the bill’s supporters say have restricted voting rights. The bill, named for the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Democratic U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON —Data from roll call votes shows that 171 U.S. House Democrats and 89 Republicans have voted by proxy at least once since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  authorized the pandemic-era practice beginning last year. Pelosi has now announced the extension of proxy voting until Oct. 1 as the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases brought by Louisiana lawsuit

BY: - August 17, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]