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House Dems pass $3T relief bill declared ‘dead on arrival’ by GOP Senate

BY: and - May 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared a massive $3 trillion relief bill aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sweeping legislation, which passed largely along partisan lines by a vote of 208-199, carries a price tag that’s roughly equal to the four previous coronavirus response bills already signed into […]

Dems unveil $3T pandemic relief bill, includes Peters’ ‘Heroes Fund’

BY: - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats unveiled an economic relief package of epic proportions Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The sweeping legislation carries a whopping $3 trillion-plus price tag — more than the combined total of four coronavirus response bills passed this year. Democrats called it “bold” and “transformative” and said it is needed to meet […]

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters? 

BY: and - May 11, 2020

As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. State budget officers and economists generally agree that cuts to state spending worsened the Great Recession in the years following 2008. Layoffs, […]

Lawmakers press Congress for more relief cash for rural America

BY: - May 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers are urging Congress to help rural America in the next round of coronavirus legislation. Congress approved more than $2 trillion in response to the pandemic in March, but many lawmakers say it doesn’t do enough to address the needs of rural Americans. Media coverage of the pandemic has focused on urban […]

The next big clash on Capitol Hill: State bailouts

BY: and - May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — State and federal lawmakers alike want Congress to send more cash in the next round of COVID-19 legislation to aid ailing cities and states. House lawmakers introduced a proposal in early April that would send $250 billion in “stabilization funds” to cities and towns in addition to separate aid for states. “We’re pushing […]

Tlaib cites Skylar Herbert as $484B relief bill clears House

BY: - April 24, 2020

Updated, 6:43 a.m., 4/24/20 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved almost $500 billion in additional COVID-19 relief, the bulk of which is aimed at buoying small businesses after loan funding dried up. The House cleared the $484 billion funding bill along bipartisan lines as some lawmakers returned to Washington for the first […]

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

BY: - April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared 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 […]

How tea party budget battles left the national emergency medical stockpile unprepared for coronavirus

BY: and - April 14, 2020

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Fiscal restraints imposed by Republicans in Congress in the early years of the Obama administration left the U.S. less prepared to respond to the coronavirus pandemic today Dire shortages of vital medical […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access in Michigan and nationwide

BY: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) joined more than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency […]

Dingell, Tlaib want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) were among the more than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

Updated: Trump signs behemoth $2T COVID-19 response bill

BY: - March 27, 2020

Updated, 3:39 p.m., 3/27/20 with additional comments WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is poised to become law following its passage in the U.S. House on Friday. President Trump signed it Friday afternoon with a ceremony to which he only invited Republicans. Many […]

Michigan Dems want water shutoff ban in $2T coronavirus bill

BY: and - March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers announced the framework for a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday morning, but specifics of a final bill and a timeline for enactment remain uncertain, as both Republicans and Democrats raised concerns throughout the day. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he expected the chamber […]