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Food benefits for low-income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says
WASHINGTON — As Congress barrels toward a partial government shutdown, the White House Monday warned that a program that helps millions of low-income families afford healthy food could see substantial cuts. The White House released a state-by-state breakdown, estimating that nearly 7 million people who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, […]
Biden administration offers temporary protection to Venezuelan migrants
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced late Wednesday that the agency will expand protected status to nearly half a million Venezuelan nationals, allowing them to live and work in the United States. The move comes after multiple requests from cities that have struggled to house asylum seekers and calls from […]
U.S. House passes Wounded Knee memorial bill
The U.S. House approved by voice vote Wednesday a bill that would help protect land at the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota, where an estimated 350 Lakota were killed by U.S. soldiers. The site is within the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River […]
U.S. attorney general defends Hunter Biden investigation under questioning by House GOP
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Republicans led by Ohio’s Jim Jordan on Wednesday grilled U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland about how the Justice Department has handled its investigation and prosecution of Hunter Biden on felony gun charges. The questions about the president’s son came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week asked several committees, including the […]
A ‘disaster’ nears: Millions of federal workers’ paychecks would be on hold in a shutdown
An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated what happens to back pay for federal employees following a funding lapse. Congress approved back pay for all future partial government shutdowns in a 2019 law. WASHINGTON – More than 3.5 million federal employees and military personnel – many in the Washington, D.C., area but also scattered […]
U.S. House GOP spending bills falter as Congress struggles to avoid a shutdown
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing their own short-term spending bill that they believe will garner bipartisan support, a decision that could stave off a partial government shutdown – and as House Republicans failed to advance two spending bills. The Senate move would work as long as the House votes to […]
Automakers’ record profits not shared with workers, Biden says as UAW strike launches
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden dispatched two senior administration officials to Detroit on Friday after the United Auto Workers union began a historic strike against the Big Three auto companies amid a contract dispute. “Over the past decade auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary skill […]
U.S. Senate to examine AI’s wide-ranging impact, Schumer and Rounds say
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds said Thursday they’re part of a bipartisan and private-sector consensus about the need for government oversight of artificial intelligence on a range of issues. Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Rounds held an informal bipartisan news conference Thursday to discuss […]
Menendez, other U.S. Senate Democrats vent frustrations after new ruling against DACA
WASHINGTON – A federal judge Wednesday declared illegal the Biden administration’s revised version of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of people brought into the country as children from deportation, and U.S. Senate Democrats, advocates, and the White House on Thursday decried the decision. “I think that Congress should act, but it has been […]
White House slams ‘baseless’ House GOP impeachment inquiry as ‘political stunt’
WASHINGTON – The White House is lambasting the House GOP’s decision to open an impeachment inquiry into unproven allegations that President Joe Biden profited from his son’s international business scheme during his time as vice president in the Obama administration. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he directed several of the chamber’s […]
Democrats push to extend child care grant program
WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to extend funding for five years for a pandemic-era child care subsidy program set to expire at the end of the month. The legislation would extend the child care stabilization grant program, which Congress established in 2021 to help child care providers meet additional costs during the […]
Congress starts trying to figure out how to set AI ‘rules of the road’
WASHINGTON – The development of artificial intelligence presents far-reaching challenges for virtually every aspect of modern society, including campaigns, national security, and journalism, members of a U.S. Senate panel said at a Tuesday hearing. Technology experts invited to testify at a hearing of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security Subcommittee of the Senate […]