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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says forgoing a run for re-election does not change his approach to the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Some believe not running for another term takes political pressure off of Portman if he wanted to vote to convict Trump in the… Read More
President Trump has signed a bipartisan bill creating a three-digit hotline for mental health emergencies. Mental health advocates say it’ll bring mental health crisis response into the 21st century.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’ll vote for a COVID aid package when it comes to the Senate floor tomorrow even though it doesn’t contain everything he’d like. Portman said he wishes the package would include business tax credits and aid for them to purchase PPE, along with additional funding for state and… Read More
The bill, which provides $25 billion in aid, was passed in a rare Saturday session and requires the Postal Service to prioritize mail-in ballots this November. It’s unlikely to advance in the Senate.
Led by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Republicans unveiled their legislative response to the national outcry for an overhaul of police practices. Democrats argue the plan does not go far enough.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke remotely during a unique Senate health committee hearing on the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 53,000 of the Social Security Administration’s employees are working from home. And the agency’s backlog of pending cases has fallen by 11% since March 23.
It is the fourth measure approved by Congress in less than two months to combat the pandemic. This one, totaling $484 billion, will supply fresh funding to a new small business lending program.
Both Republicans and Democrats agreed that a small business program that ran out of money needed a major infusion. Negotiators also added resources for hospitals and testing.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governor Mike DeWine is calling on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned. Gov. DeWine said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ohio hospitals… Read More
The schedule change, which followed the advice of health experts, comes as talks stalled on Republicans’ push to boost funding for a small business program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government is in the process of sending out checks to most Americans as part of the stimulus package responding to the economic fallout of the coronavirus. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) talk about some of the next steps they’d like to see from Congress…. Read More
President Trump and congressional Democrats are haggling over the size of the next bill designed to help Americans through the crisis.
At a White House briefing Thursday, officials vowed that some of the first systems for loans or payments would be up and running as soon as Friday.
Changing the deadline is one way ERA proponents are trying to make the amendment part of the Constitution, but there isn’t legal consensus on the tactic, and the Senate is expected to kill the bill.
Executions had been set to resume next month after a 16-year pause. A federal judge halted the sentences as inmates challenge the government’s lethal injection protocol.
“What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told WHAS radio. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”
Over the past two weeks alone, seven House Republicans have announced they won’t run again, including two of just 13 GOP women in the House and the chamber’s lone African American Republican.
The compromise was negotiated between the administration and Hill leaders and avoids a fiscal fight around the 2020 election. The deal suspends the debt limit for 2 years, heading off a default.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep… Read More
BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A pair of senators says the American flags the federal government purchases should have to be made in America. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, introduced legislation they call the “All-American Flag Act” that would require the government to buy flags produced entirely with… Read More
There’s an unusual air of suspense surrounding the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting, with the possibility that the central bank could cut rates for the first time in nearly 11 years.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is proposing a bill that would require overtime pay for any salaried worker making less than $51,064, a more than $15,000 increase to the Trump Administration’s proposed threshold. The current overtime salary threshold is set at $23,660, Brown says his plan would make overtime pay available for more than 4.6 million… Read More
The House of Representatives voted on a measure that would empower the leaders of its committees to sue to get information for their Trump investigations.
Low-income Americans who take advantage of government safety net programs could be affected by a number of proposed rules and actions in areas such as housing, food aid, overtime and immigration.