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Jane Norman

Jane Norman

As the Washington Bureau Chief of States Newsroom, Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories. Jane is a veteran of more than three decades in journalism.

How Medicare prescription drug coverage would change under U.S. Senate Democrats’ bill

By: - August 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A major spending bill from U.S. Senate Democrats would allow Medicare for the first time in its history to begin negotiating the prices of certain high-priced prescription drugs — a proposal that’s been around for years but has never come so close to the finish line. Under the legislation, Medicare would start negotiating the […]

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

By: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released by […]

Biden slams COVID-19 vaccine ‘lies,’ announces free at-home tests

By: - December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged that COVID-19 vaccine doubters stop “peddling lies” on TV and online, as the nation grapples with a rising number of cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Biden also announced new federal help for testing and treatment in the states, including 500 million at-home rapid test […]

Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

By: and - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A suit challenging the mandate was led on behalf of multiple states by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, and U.S. Judge Terry Doughty granted the states’ request […]

How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR

By: and - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate this week passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in U.S. health, education, climate and tax policies. The two measures are roped to each other, reflecting Democrats’ strategy to pass what could be bipartisan with Republicans—and to go it […]

Arizona’s Cindy McCain picked by Biden as UN food ambassador

By: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Arizona’s Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain, as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with the rank of ambassador. Earlier this year, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two other members of the state’s GOP, former Sen. Jeff Flake and […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

By: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the White […]

U.S. House OKs commission to probe Capitol attack, but McConnell objections may doom it

By: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House voted Wednesday 252-175 to give the go-ahead to the formation of an independent, bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite objections from Republican leaders that the scope of the commission was not wide enough and other investigations are ongoing. Thirty-five Republicans joined with Democrats in […]

U.S. Capitol Police officer who died had 18-year career; suspect who died had suffered from ‘paranoia’

By: and - April 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police officer who died Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol is William “Billy” Evans, who was a longtime member of the force. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on […]

It’s official: Biden taps former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to lead nation’s space program

By: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden said Friday that he’s picked former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to head up NASA. The White House in its announcement stressed Nelson’s long experience with the U.S. space program. Nelson, a Democrat, chaired the Space Subcommittee as a member of the U.S. House for six years and during his time […]

U.S. Senate confirms Debra Haaland as first Native American to serve in the Cabinet

By: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run a $21 billion […]

Feds ramp up emergency help for states hit by extreme weather; vaccine shipments impacted

By: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—White House officials said Thursday that they have been in close touch with governors in storm-stricken states including Louisiana and Kansas to extend emergency assistance—but they also stressed the role of climate change in the weather crisis that has gripped large swaths of the nation. “The extreme weather events that we’re experiencing this week across […]