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U.S. House Dems propose $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. That disaster relief money is slightly more than the $24 billion that the Biden administration asked Congress to approve for extreme weather events during the […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

U.S. House Democrats add more mass transit, high-speed rail in second shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure […]

House Democrats kick off reconciliation process with $30 billion Interior bill

BY: - September 3, 2021

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday inched toward approval of a $30 billion bill to fund climate, tribal and environmental programs. Thursday’s meeting marked the first time a congressional committee considered any piece of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan meant to fundamentally change U.S. health, climate, education and tax policy. Democrats plan to move […]

U.S. House passes voting rights bill but Senate approval unlikely

BY: - August 25, 2021

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed, 219-212, along party lines a bill to reinstate a core section of the Voting Rights Act — a direct rebuke to state laws the bill’s supporters say have restricted voting rights. The bill, named for the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Democratic U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, […]

School districts’ masks rebellion continues to spread, despite state’s threats

BY: - August 19, 2021

Defiance of Gov. Ron DeSantis policy on masks for school children has now spread to five school districts, including some of Florida’s largest, as the state experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases. Nearing midnight Wednesday evening, the Palm Beach County school board voted, 6-1, to require masks for all students except those with documented medical […]

TaxWatch identifies $157.5 million in ‘budget turkeys’ improperly added to 2021-22 Florida budget

BY: - May 24, 2021

Florida TaxWatch, an independent budget watchdog organization, has identified more than $157.5 million in  so-called “budget turkeys” that it says the Legislature included outside the formal rules within its $101.5 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The group urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto these projects because they did not receive proper scrutiny during […]

Feds recommend pause on J&J vaccines; People shouldn’t be ‘freaking out,’ DeSantis says

BY: - April 13, 2021

For those people who have already gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and those who were in line to get the shot — there’s some news Tuesday: Federal health officials are recommending a pause on administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, after six reported cases of a rare blood clot in individuals receiving the shot. […]

Dr. Andrew Baker, key witness, stands by homicide determination in Chauvin trial

BY: - April 10, 2021

Hennepin County’s chief medical examiner told the jury he stood by his initial conclusion that George Floyd died when his heart and lungs stopped after Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers subdued and restrained him, compressing his neck. Dr. Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner since 2004, is a key witness in the murder and […]

Indicted lawmaker claims University of Missouri faculty post in Florida filing

BY: - February 10, 2021

A state representative under federal indictment for medical fraud falsely claimed she had a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri when she applied for a medical license in Florida. State Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, facing 20 federal felony charges under an indictment unsealed on Feb. 1, has been licensed in Missouri as an assistant physician since […]

State will protect Floridians regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation

BY: - February 5, 2021

Earlier this week, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a state agency responsible for addressing civil rights violations and discrimination, confirmed its responsibility to protect Floridians experiencing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And Florida’s LGBTQ community is celebrating. Equality Florida, an advocacy group, held a virtual town hall over Facebook live on […]

U.S. House Democrats to face a dilemma in January over Iowa’s contested 2nd District race

BY: - December 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House of Representatives convenes on Jan. 3, Democratic leaders will have to decide whether or not to swear in the woman certified as the winner in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District amid a challenge to those results. Such challenges are not unheard of, but they’ve rarely been successful. Still, with a […]