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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D- N.Y., stand together at a press conference in Washington D.C.

Congress approves bill to end forced arbitration in sexual assault cases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Senate approved legislation banning the practice of using clauses in employment contracts that force victims of sexual assault and harassment to pursue their cases in forced arbitration, which shields accused perpetrators. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the bill five years ago and lawmakers negotiated with… Read More

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Democrats are forced to regroup as Biden’s signature spending bill stalls

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Updated December 16, 2021 at 7:23 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden in a Thursday evening statement acknowledged the roadblocks his nearly $2 trillion social spending package faced, saying that it could take weeks before the package was ready for a vote. Still, he said he would continue to push for the bill… Read More

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Kids’ mental health and safety in the spotlight as social media execs face Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A Senate committee is widening its investigation into the impact social media platforms have on children, teens and young adults, with more apps facing congressional scrutiny. NewsHour’s William Brangham reports with Jean Twenge, a psychology professor and author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant,… Read More

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New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For older people and people with disabilities, solving everyday practical problems can be the difference between being able to live at home or being forced to move to an institution. Sometimes people need help getting dressed or making meals. Sometimes they need help managing medications or shopping for groceries. Originally, these… Read More

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

United Against Higher Spending, Centrist Democrats Don’t Agree On What To Cut Or Keep

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have set the end of October as the time frame to nail down an agreement on a scaled-back version of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda. After initially setting the price tag at $3.5 trillion over 10 years to enact sweeping health care, climate, education and… Read More

Akira Johnson has been facing eviction because her landlord would not accept payment from South Carolina's rent and utility assistance program.

Why Rent Help From Congress Has Been So Slow Getting To People Who Need It

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (NPR) — Akira Johnson lives in Columbia, S.C., with her three kids. She tries to make the place joyful for them with flowers and pillows that say things like “happy” and “sunshine.” She has decorated one wall with the logo of her small business: an eye with amazing eyelashes. “I’m a licensed cosmetologist,”… Read More

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The Senate Approves The $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill In A Historic Vote

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Senate voted 69-30 Tuesday to approve a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, a historic piece of legislation that could reshape American lives for decades. The measure fulfills a call from President Biden for the two major parties to work together to deliver one of his top priorities, but it faces an… Read More

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State Dems Urge Congress To Pass Bill To Lower Drug Prices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s a bill in Congress Democrats say would help lower the price of prescription drugs. Some state representatives here are pushing to get it passed. In 2019, the Democrat-led Congress passed a bill to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices. It went nowhere. But John… Read More

People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Ohio’s Congressional Delegation In Lockdown As Chaos Overtakes U.S. Capitol

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Updated: 4:48 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCPN) — Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation are scattered across the U.S. Capitol campus as Pro-Trump extremists storm the Capitol building and surrounding offices, including the House and Senate chambers. Many members and staff are able to communicate only through Twitter and other social media as the Capitol… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Opposes Effort By Many Republicans To Overturn Biden’s Win

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he opposes objections to certification of the electoral college results on Wednesday, though it’s expected at least five Ohio Congressmen will object, along with many other Republicans. Gov. Mike DeWine – a fellow Republican and supporter of President Trump – is now saying… Read More