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GOP attorneys general slam tax cut ban in stimulus law as ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are attacking the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief law as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty because it restricts tax cuts by states. The attorneys general in a letter to the Treasury Department threatened to take action against the Biden administration over the law’s tax cut provision. […]

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children faces a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American Dream […]

Millions of American parents will soon get a monthly allowance: 4 questions answered

BY: - March 11, 2021

The federal government’s US$1.9 trillion relief package Congress passed on March 10 will temporarily expand the child tax credit. This credit, currently pegged at up to $2,000 a year per child until they turn 17, will instead total $3,600 for children under 6 and $3,000 for kids up to the age of 18 over the […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, […]

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

BY: - March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” They argue […]

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

BY: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to the president’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in mid-March. The package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, passed 219-212. It includes a gradual increase […]

46,218 news transcripts show ideologically extreme politicians get more airtime

BY: , and - February 17, 2021

Committee assignments are normally a blessing for new House members. But some of today’s newer members, like freshmen Republican representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn, seem to be more interested in punditry than policy. When Greene was stripped of her committee assignments on Feb. 4 for a series of past statements that included threats […]

A defiant Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’d be ‘wasting my time’ on committees

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told reporters here on Friday that now that she’s lost her committee assignments, she has more time to push a pro-Trump agenda. The House voted late Thursday 230-199 to remove the Georgia Republican from two committee seats she had been assigned by GOP leaders upon arriving in Washington as a […]

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - January 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect example of […]

Republicans press HUD nominee Fudge for saying they ‘have no decency’

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s pick to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development faced questions from Republicans about her past comments critical of their party during her confirmation hearing Thursday. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat who represents Ohio’s 11th District, pledged to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that if […]

While Biden calls for unity, Louisiana GOP delegation blasts him for blocking Keystone pipeline

BY: - January 21, 2021

None of the current members of Louisiana’s GOP congressional delegation immediately acknowledged Joe Biden’s election as president when the race was called Nov. 7, and with the exception of Sen. Bill Cassidy, each of them either signed onto a lawsuit that sought to throw out votes in four key states that Biden won or voted […]

Gov. Edwards travels to D.C. for inauguration of Joe Biden

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris this week, representing the State of Louisiana at the ceremonial transition of power. “Less than two weeks ago, our United States Capitol was besieged by a riotous mob determined to prevent Congress […]