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Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at Georgia immigrant facility

BY: - September 22, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility “were […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

White House would support additional cash to states in coronavirus relief deal

BY: - September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

2020 Census still scheduled to wrap up September 30

BY: - September 1, 2020

The count for the 2020 U.S. Census ends Sept. 30, and as of Aug. 30, more than 40 percent of Louisiana residents had failed to self-respond to the U.S. Census Bureau by Internet, phone or mail. According to the Census Bureau’s website, only 58.3 percent of Louisianians had chosen to send their demographic information to […]

House passes bill to boost post office funding by $25 billion, block service changes

BY: - August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill  257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and […]

President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

BY: and - August 8, 2020

This story has been updated with a response from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in […]

As John Lewis lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, mourners reminded to get in ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must […]

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Gap in federal unemployment payments all but certain after Senate adjourns without unveiling proposal

BY: - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal […]