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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 decades. The legislation resulted from negotiations among 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and it is expected to have more than enough votes to overcome the… Read More
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 ballistic evidence faster. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will now have a direct link to the National Correlation and Training Center — a… Read More
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 ex-officials include two past attorneys general and worked for both Democratic and Republican presidents. They’re urging congressional leaders to quickly confirm Steve Dettelbach to the… Read More
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 Morgan Harper, an attorney and community activist, and Traci Johnson, a business owner and activist. Ryan’s campaign focused on general election issues in hopes of… Read More
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 needles, fentanyl test strips and naloxone. Clean needles help reduce the spread of disease. Fentanyl test strips enable drug users to check if they are… Read More
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. 31. The U.S. Department of Education also unveiled a plan to reset the roughly 7 million borrowers who are in default, using the pandemic pause… Read More
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 short-term spending bill that will keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18, 2022. The legislation now goes to President Biden, who needs to sign it… Read More
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 your imagination. The mail has definitely gotten less speedy. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing deliveries of first-class mail nationwide on Oct. 1. The price… Read More
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.”