Category Archives: Washington

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings Supports COVID Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) voted for, and the House passed, $2 trillion emergency relief legislation to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Additional details on this legislation can be found below. Said Rep. Demings, “While we sometimes forget it, we are one America—one nation, under God.…

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Senate Passes $2.2T Coronavirus Aid Plan, House Votes Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented response amid record new jobless claims and mounting evidence that the economy is in a recession. The unanimous Senate vote late Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about…

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Tensions rise as $2 trillion virus aid stalls in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown expire. As the U.S. braces for an onslaught of sick Americans, and millions are forced indoors to avert a…

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Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found. President Donald Trump assured Americans early this month that the COVID-19 test…

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Fed to buy unlimited government debt and lend to businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its boldest effort to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus, the Federal Reserve says it will buy as much government debt as it deems necessary and will also begin lending to small and large businesses and local governments to help them weather the crisis. The Fed’s announcement Monday removes any dollar…

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White House Moves to Protect Trump, Staff Against Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House put in place new measures Monday to protect President Donald Trump and his staff during the coronavirus outbreak, including taking the temperature of anyone who enters the complex, such as visitors and members of the press corps. The steps expanded on screenings the White House began on Saturday for anyone who gets…

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US defense leaders: Taliban peace deal results mixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours after the U.S. military launched an airstrike targeting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, top defense leaders told Congress that the results of the peace deal signed on Saturday have been mixed, but the insurgent group is abiding by much of the accord. The American airstrike was triggered by a spike in…

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