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WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway.The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to...
WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the U.S. House on Friday and was signed by President Donald Trump.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1243637430483390470?s=20Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” The issue is of special concern in Virginia — home to the Pentagon, more than two dozen military bases and...
WASHINGTON — Earl Devaney is feeling déjà vu.Devaney, a former longtime federal watchdog, was hired in 2009 to police the distribution of $840 billion in federal stimulus spending for the Obama administration. He had previously worked for the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. EPA’s environmental enforcement division and as the Interior...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship."This is not...
WASHINGTON — Two members of the U.S. House announced Wednesday that they had tested positive for COVID-19, leading other lawmakers to announce their own self-quarantine plans and increasing uncertainty about how far the illness has already spread on Capitol Hill.Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart issued a statement Wednesday that he had...
WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and was signed by President Donald Trump.The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms.The package...
WASHINGTON — Property rights advocates and environmentalists are often foes when it comes to federal regulations. But they’ve found some common ground in their shared desire to prod Congress and the courts to overhaul the federal permitting process for natural gas pipelines. Property rights advocates contend that the current system enables...
The second week of March crashed upon an unsuspecting America with a force that only a precious and dwindling handful of Americans can appreciate.In a twinkling, life as we knew it ended, swept away in a global tsunami of panic over COVID-19, a virus that science doesn’t fully understand...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill.The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic...