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Almost 1M Michiganders will get a boost in jobless benefits

BY: - August 22, 2020

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) on Friday approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) application. The measure will provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits.  The UIA estimates that under the FEMA program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program […]

GOP senator presses reluctant leadership for billions in state, local aid in next relief deal

BY: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is making a strong push to rescue ailing state and local governments in a fifth coronavirus relief bill — but his party’s leaders are resisting as they debate the contours of the next package. The freshman senator is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for $500 billion […]

Senate Republicans pursue benefits pay cut for jobless, adjourn without action

BY: - July 25, 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 for a fifth […]

The rent is coming due. Will Congress offer more relief?

BY: - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The nation’s political leaders have returned to the capital this week with their sights on a fifth — and perhaps final — round of coronavirus relief before the November elections. The stakes are high and the timetable is short: Three weeks remain before Congress is set to adjourn for its August recess — […]

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill, GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

BY: - July 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared 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. The bill takes “bold, broad and transformational action to rebuild our infrastructure […]

Upton joins House Dems in passing sweeping police reform

BY: and - June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers — 180 Republicans and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (L-Cascade Twp.) —voting against it. […]

Peters, Stabenow block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill

BY: - June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. 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 […]

Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that draws Dem rebukes

BY: - June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats. The Senate GOP bill would incentivize police departments to ban chokeholds, increase the use of body-worn cameras, improve training in de-escalation tactics and take prior records into greater account when making […]

House Dems call for more COVID-19 federal aid for public education

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats called Monday for more federal aid for education as the nation’s schools prepare to reopen this fall. “Unless the federal government provides immediate relief, it won’t be a matter of whether education funding will be cut, but how deep the cuts will be,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chair of […]

Michiganders need more coronavirus aid from D.C., advocates say 

BY: - June 12, 2020

As COVID-19 crisis enters its fourth month, many Michiganders are still hurting financially. The state’s unemployment rate was 22.7% in April. Many advocates and Democrats are urging the GOP-led U.S. Senate to pass legislation that will help some of Michigan’s most underserved residents. The U.S. House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions […]

George Floyd’s brother: ‘Make sure that he is more than another face on a T-shirt’ 

BY: - June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — George Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, pleaded with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to ensure that his brother didn’t die in vain. “I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother, who you looked up to your whole entire life […]

Will Congress bail out ailing local news outlets? 

BY: and - May 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Politicians are banding together to try to rescue local news media from economic collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing to fix a small business lending program so that it applies to local news publishers and broadcasters affiliated with […]