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U.S. hits its debt limit and now risks defaulting on its bills
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in a letter to Congress on Thursday, said the U.S. has reached its debt limit, and has begun resorting to “extraordinary measures”… Read More
Sen. Brown says federal marriage protections could get final approval this week
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Respect for Marriage Act, which requires every state to acknowledge marriages from any other state, has gained momentum with the help of Ohio’s… Read More
Ohio mayors visit White House to deliver stories of ‘opportunity’ with federal relief funds
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Mayors from Ohio cities said they went to the White House to share their success stories and to tout how money from the American… Read More
Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman forecast different impacts from inflation deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said Congress is capping an “amazing” two weeks with a move to pass the Inflation Reduction act,… Read More
The Senate passes help for veterans exposed to toxins, after a reversal drew fury
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan 86-11 vote, approved a measure to provide health care and benefits for millions of veterans injured by exposure to toxins,… Read More
Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on a gun safety bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Senate negotiators have reached a final agreement on a narrow bipartisan gun safety bill that could become the first gun control measure to pass Congress in… Read More
Criminal investigators in Ohio are getting help from the feds to solve crimes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, said the state’s crime fighting efforts are improving thanks to a partnership that can help law enforcement analyze… Read More
Biden’s ATF pick is endorsed by ex-Justice Department officials
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 140 former Justice Department officials are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The… Read More
Tim Ryan wins U.S. Senate Democratic nomination in Ohio primary, AP says
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Congressman Tim Ryan has won the Democratic nomination in his run for U.S. Senate, according to a projection by The Associated Press. Ryan beat… Read More
Drug overdose deaths are at a record high. Here’s what the White House plans to do
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBUR) — In its first detailed plan to slow the rise in drug overdose deaths, the Biden administration is emphasizing harm reduction. That means increasing access to clean… Read More
The student loan pause has been extended until the end of the summer
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is again extending the moratorium on federal student loan payments, interest and collections, this time until summer’s end, Aug…. Read More
Congress approves a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown
Updated December 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A day before the federal government is scheduled to run out of money, Congress on Thursday approved a… Read More
The Postal Service Is Slowing The Mail To Save Money. Critics Say It’s A Death Spiral
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Maybe you’ve noticed the birthday card that arrived belatedly or the check in the mail that didn’t pay your credit card quite on time. It’s not… Read More
Portman Joins Most GOP Senators In Failed Attempt To Dismiss Impeachment Trial
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… Read More
New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies
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.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman Explains Why He Will Vote For COVID-19 Aid Package
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… Read More
House Approves Bill That Blocks Changes At Postal Service Until After The Election
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.
Republicans’ Police Reform Bill Focuses On Transparency And Training
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.
Fauci Warns States Not to ‘Jump Over’ Guidelines to Reopening
The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke remotely during a unique Senate health committee hearing on the coronavirus pandemic.
For These Federal Employees, Telework Means Productivity Is Up, Their Backlog Is Down
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.
Trump Signs Latest Coronavirus Economic Relief Package, Aimed At Small Businesses
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.
Bipartisan Deal Reached On $484 Billion More Coronavirus Aid
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.
DeWine Calls For Federal Help With Testing Materials
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… Read More
Congress Won’t Return Until May, As Talks Appear To Stall On Small Business Aid
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.
Brown, Portman Talk Next Steps in Federal COVID-19 Response
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… Read More