Paid leave expired in December for illness and caregiving during the pandemic. Biden wants to reinstate and expand it.
With job losses, record coronavirus numbers and politics in turmoil after the storming of the Capitol, the president-elect pressed for quick passage of a stimulus package to help struggling Americans.
While lawmakers debate increasing the stimulus payments to $2,000, experts say it would make far more sense to give more money to the unemployed.
After calling the measure a “disgrace,” President Trump abruptly signed it, extending expanded unemployment benefits and an eviction moratorium, and averting a government shutdown.
Millions of Americans were set to lose crucial jobless aid, as the president continued to criticize the bill that would keep the programs from lapsing.
At least a temporary lapse in expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans is now inevitable because of President Trump’s delay in signing a $900 billion pandemic relief bill.
In a brief bit of political theater, the House majority leader opened the House for business to ask for unanimous consent to accede to President Trump’s request for larger checks.
In a brief bit of political theater, the House majority leader opened the House for business to ask for unanimous consent to accede to President Trump’s request for larger checks. A Republican objected.
From the campaign trail in Georgia to Capitol Hill, President Trump’s demand for changes to the $900 billion pandemic relief plan upended political and economic calculations.
The president-elect said he would ask Congress soon after his inauguration to pass an additional coronavirus aid package with more money for firefighters, police officers and nurses.
The coronavirus relief package that Congressional leaders agreed to this week includes grant money that many small proprietors described as a last hope for survival.
The aid package will keep millions from losing jobless benefits. But it comes too late to prevent lasting damage to many families and businesses.
The coronavirus has intensified America’s eviction crisis. We speak to a single mother from Georgia about the struggle to hold on to her home.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has made the rights of women and of gay and transgender people central to his government, even through a recession and a pandemic.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, spoke on Thursday as Joe Biden’s victory and vaccine breakthroughs added momentum to a push for a stimulus deal.