States still lag in getting assistance to struggling renters, federal data shows
By: Laura Olson - July 22, 2021
WASHINGTON — State and local officials disbursed $1.5 billion in rental assistance during June—more than during the entire previous five months—to help households falling behind on rent and utilities, according to U.S. Treasury data released Wednesday. That progress in getting slow-moving federal dollars to struggling renters comes as the Biden administration and housing advocates have been scrambling […]
Biden meets with mayors and governors on infrastructure package
By: Laura Olson - July 14, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress.
How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work
By: Laura Olson - July 9, 2021
WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents.
CDC study finds racial disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning
By: Laura Olson - July 1, 2021
WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning.
U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author
By: Laura Olson - June 29, 2021
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government.
U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law
By: Laura Olson - June 25, 2021
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan
By: Laura Olson - June 24, 2021
WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead.
Earmarks in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B, including $92M for Arizona
By: Laura Olson - June 9, 2021
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process.
Arizona among states poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness
By: Laura Olson - June 4, 2021
WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images.
‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines
By: Laura Olson - June 2, 2021
Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month.
Senate GOP filibuster blocks commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack
By: Laura Olson - May 28, 2021
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.
Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash
By: Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa - May 21, 2021
WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo.