• coronavirus May 12

    Truth and Testing: Sens. Alexander, Murray Open Coronavirus Hearing

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., stressed the importance of testing in safely reopening America, while Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., stressed the importance of accurate information and the president’s apparent disregard for the truth as the Senate coronavirus hearing got underway.

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Impeachment Watch: Nearly Half of House Dems Support Inquiry

    Nearly half the House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump — a milestone but still probably not enough to push Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch proceedings. A tally by The Associated Press on Wednesday showed 114 Democrats in the House, and one Republican-turned independent, are now publicly backing an inquiry, a notable spike in the days...

  • Donald Trump Jun 11, 2019

    Democrats Press to Retain Longtime Abortion Funding Ban

    Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party’s presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the longstanding consensus will fail and won’t be worth scuttling a key education and health funding bill. While presidential candidates such as Democratic front-runner Joe Biden hustle to rewrite their positions...

  • Congress Mar 20, 2019

    Trump Administration Proposes Capping Student Loans, Cutting Repayment Options—Here's What That Means for Borrowers

    On Monday, the Trump administration released several proposed changes to the Higher Education Act, which is in the early stages of reauthorization by Congress. The proposal recommends reducing the number of federal loan repayment options and capping the amount of student loans that parents and graduate students can take on. Currently, Americans owe roughly $1.5 trillion in student loans, a...

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2018

    Kavanaugh Case Unfolds as DeVos Readies Sexual Assault Rule

    Choking back tears, she testified that he sexually assaulted her. Defensive and angry and choking back tears, he swore that he did not. The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos considers new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2018

    DeVos: No Plans to Take Action on Funding to Arm Teachers

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has “no intention of taking any action” regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. DeVos’ comments came Friday after a top official in her department, asked about arming teachers, said states and local jurisdictions always “had the flexibility” to decide how to use federal education...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2018

    Trump Admin. Rolls Out Cheaper, Short-Term Health Plans With Coverage Gaps

    Consumers will have more options to buy cheaper, short-term health insurance under a new Trump administration rule, but there’s no guarantee the plans will cover pre-existing conditions or provide benefits like coverage of prescription drugs. Administration officials said Wednesday the short-term plans will last up to 12 months and can be renewed for up to 36 months. With premiums about...

  • Donald Trump Mar 12, 2018

    Bids to Curb Health Care Costs Offer Little More Than Talk

    It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress’ effort to stabilize the nation’s insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for consumers under President Barack Obama’s health care law while Republicans, still fighting that statute, aim to relax its...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Trump Protecting Medical Providers Who Oppose Abortion

    Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2017

    GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions on Health Bill

    Two top Republicans announced a bill Tuesday restoring federal subsidies to insurers while including tough conditions sought by the White House. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it, but the measure underscores the changes the Trump administration and congressional conservatives say they want in exchange for resuming the payments. The proposal seeks changes in President Barack Obama’s health care...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2017

    Senators Reach Deal on Resuming Payments to Health Insurers

    Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some conservatives denounced it as an insurance company bailout, making its future uncertain. The agreement followed weeks of negotiations between Republican Sen. Lamar...

  • Donald Trump May 23, 2017

    Education Secretary Pushes School Choice, Gives No Specifics

    The Trump administration is proposing “the most ambitious expansion” of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work. “We must offer the widest number of quality options to every family and every child,” DeVos said in a speech in Indianapolis. “We stand on the verge of the...

  • Donald Trump Mar 24, 2017

    Critics Scoff at All-Male Photo of GOP Health Care Talks

    A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the Republicans health care bill that was tweeted out by the vice president is drawing criticism from Democrats, concerned over the bill’s repercussions for women’s health. The photo shows Vice President Mike Pence at the center of a conference table during negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus. About two dozen...

  • Congress Mar 23, 2017

    Labor Nominee Says He Won't Let Politics Influence Hiring

    President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department said Wednesday he won’t allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions and regrets he let that happen on his watch at the Justice Department. But Alexander Acosta, testifying before the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee, said little about what he would do about overtime...

  • Congress May 18, 2016

    US Senate Easily Advances $1.1 Billion in Zika Funding

    The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday in favor of a bipartisan $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus this year and next, cutting back President Barack Obama’s request but offering significantly more money to fight Zika than would House GOP conservatives. The 68-29 vote propelled the measure over a filibuster and sets the stage to add the Zika funding...

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