Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.
Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted.
Trump issues sweeping executive orders after coronavirus aid talks break down
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.
Senate Republicans pursue cut to jobless aid, adjourn without action
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.
Senators predict override if Trump vetoes bill to strip Confederate names from bases
Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win.
House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities.
Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to clear a procedural hurdle Wednesday so he could bring the bill to the floor for Senate consideration. But the legislation fell […]
Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that is panned by Democrats
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats.
Trump signs modest police reform order, defends police as ‘brave’
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.
Senate passes small business relief bill, but no COVID-19 cash for states
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly $500 billion package passed by unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote […]
COVID-19 pandemic highlights gaps in Ariz. broadband internet access
Arizona lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.
Small businesses face ‘Kafkaesque’ process to claim critical loans
Applying for the federal loan that could determine whether Scott Stephens’s two Phoenix restaurants survive the COVID-19 economic crisis quickly devolved into a Kafkaesque experience.
Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic
Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.