Federal agency warns Colorado River Basin water usage could be cut as drought worsens
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 14, 2022
WASHINGTON — The federal agency in charge of managing much of the West’s water warned Tuesday that it will act unilaterally to reduce water usage in the Colorado River Basin if state and tribal leaders can’t reach an agreement this summer. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille C. Touton told a U.S. Senate committee that states […]
Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 13, 2022
WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]
U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - June 9, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]
Fourth grade survivor of Uvalde shooting tells Congress: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - June 8, 2022
Several survivors of horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas testified about the toll gun violence has taken on their lives. They urged Congress to pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 8, 2022
The U.S. Senate is set to approve a sweeping bill in the coming days that would expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas — though a few final details linger.
COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 2, 2022
The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers.
Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. DOT
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 2, 2022
The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service, including two important rail crossings in Arizona.
FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 25, 2022
WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan. FDA Commissioner […]
Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 24, 2022
WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday. The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though […]
Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage
By: Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - May 18, 2022
WASHINGTON — Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, […]
McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 9, 2022
WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]
U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 3, 2022
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]