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Congress managed to agree on at least one thing: Avoiding a government shutdown

Congress managed to agree on at least one thing: Avoiding a government shutdown

As lawmakers continue to argue over both coronavirus stimulus and a new Supreme Court nominee, Congress has managed to agree on at least one thing: avoiding a government shutdown. The Senate on Wednesday passed a continuing resolution, or short-term bill, that will fund the government through December 11, just ahead of the annual fiscal year…
Congress’s failure to pass stimulus has had a devastating — and predictable — effect on minority groups

Congress’s failure to pass stimulus has had a devastating — and predictable — effect...

With white unemployment in single digits, minority unemployment in double digits, and policymakers looking to cut federal unemployment insurance by triple digits, the country finds itself in a situation similar to the one it faced during the Great Recession. Now, just as then, minorities are bearing the brunt of the recession. Now, just as then,…
Congress takes up the fight for the future of the Postal Service

Congress takes up the fight for the future of the Postal Service

The United States Postal Service is dealing with crippling backlogs of letters and packages. A postmaster in upstate New York recently told their union that the regular mail was two days behind and, for the first time in their career, Express Priority Mail was not going out on time. Despite a surge in package delivery…
What women in Congress want from Facebook

What women in Congress want from Facebook

About 100 female lawmakers from across the world have sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg demanding that the company do a better job combating misogyny on its platform, especially hateful content directed at female public figures. The letter, which was signed by prominent US politicians including House Speaker Nancy…
Congress will finally grill Jeff Bezos. It’s about time.

Congress will finally grill Jeff Bezos. It’s about time.

When Jeff Bezos appears before a committee of US Congress members on Wednesday for an antitrust hearing, it’ll be a first on several fronts: The first time the Amazon founder and CEO will testify before Congress. The first time Bezos will have to respond publicly to a damaging report alleging that Amazon uses data it…
Economists say Congress should think big on the next rescue package

Economists say Congress should think big on the next rescue package

Congress is wrangling over details of a stimulus package, which conventional wisdom in Washington says will land in the trillions, to get us through the fall, but macroeconomists are urging policymakers to think much bigger and much further ahead. House Democrats have pushed for a giant $3 trillion stimulus. Republicans are pushing for a bill…
Economists say congress should think big on the next economic rescue

Economists say congress should think big on the next economic rescue

Congress is wrangling over details of a stimulus package conventional wisdom in Washington is pegging will land in the trillions to get us through the fall, but macroeconomists are urging policymakers to think much bigger and much further ahead. House Democrats have pushed for a giant $3 trillion stimulus. Republicans are pushing for a bill…
Congress is running out of time to extend expanded unemployment insurance

Congress is running out of time to extend expanded unemployment insurance

As of June, a staggering 33 million people have received unemployment benefits in recent weeks. It’s a huge figure — and one that isn’t likely to change as industries continue to navigate business closures and financial losses that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, lawmakers temporarily provided recipients of unemployment with an…
Members of Congress want to know more about law enforcement’s surveillance of protesters

Members of Congress want to know more about law enforcement’s surveillance of protesters

Members of Congress want more information on the deployment of surveillance resources and technologies amid ongoing anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country. In a Tuesday letter sent to leaders at several federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI, officials demanded that those agencies “cease any and all surveilling of Americans engaged…
Pompeo told Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China. Here’s what that means.

Pompeo told Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China. Here’s what that...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China — a dramatic step that could transform the US’s relationship with the territory. Pompeo’s announcement comes one day before China is expected to pass a controversial national security law that will criminalize “treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion” against the…

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