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Trump invokes Defense Production Act on 3M N95 respiratory masks

In an effort to speed up the distribution of desperately needed hospital masks, President Donald Trump issued an order Thursday mandating that 3M sell the Federal Emergency Management Agency as many N95 respirator masks as the agency says it needs. The order to help...

 

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give...

 

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Calls for Quick and Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions in Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. [04/02/20]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith—a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee—(D-Minn.) urged the President on Wednesday to make sure federal agencies implement Tribal provisions of the third coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act, in a way that upholds the federal trust and trea...

 

The White House Wanted To Give $0 To Tribes In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

WASHINGTON ― In the end, tribes got about $10 billion in the emergency $2 trillion stimulus bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last Friday. But if the White House had its way, tribes wouldn't have gotten a penny in direct relief, according to three...

 

Gov. Tim Walz postpones 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener, set for Otter Tail County

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced that the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus outbreak. This year's 73rd annual event was set to be held next month in Otter Tail County. But now the Governor's...

 

Trump says Republicans would 'never' be elected again if it was easier to vote

Donald Trump admitted on Monday that making it easier to vote in America would hurt the Republican party. The president made the comments as he dismissed a Democratic-led push for reforms such as vote-by-mail, same-day registration and early voting as states seek to safely run elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic....

 

Sanders, Schumer, Wyden Call on Department of Labor to do "Everything Possible" to Expedite Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, April 1 – Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Budget Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), sent a letter urging Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia “to do everything” within...

 

Sanders Launches Inquiry into Postal Worker Protections Against Coronavirus

BURLINGTON, March 31 — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan detailing troubling news reports of postal employees being urged to continue working while showing symptoms of COVID-19 illness. Postal workers also reported having to work without appropriate personal protective...

 

Trump warns of 'painful' two weeks ahead as White House projects more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths

(CNN) - President Donald Trump warned of a "painful" and "tough" two-week stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that -- even if followed closely -- could still mean more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans die from coronavirus. It was a stark...

 

Amid an election-year pandemic, Minnesota candidates are making changes

Erika Cashin, a Republican candidate for Congress in southeastern Minnesota's Second Congressional District, already misses the campaign trail. "I probably had 500 cups of coffee with people in the last four months to talk about my race," Cashin said. "That's what I'm...

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar Lead Letter Calling on Amazon to Protect Workers

WASHINGTON, March 27—Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar today led a bicameral letter to Amazon requesting detailed information into how the company plans to protect their warehouse workers, who remain on the job during this dire public health emergency. This issue has become all the more urgent since workers at...

 

Inside Trump's risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis

When Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) called President Trump last Sunday, he delivered a blunt message: If you reopen the nation's economy too early against the advice of public-health experts, you will own the deaths from the novel coronavirus that follow. Trump's...

 

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation's governors,...

 

Minnesota House, Senate pass $330 million in COVID-19 aid

Minnesota lawmakers taking extraordinary precautions to maintain social distancing voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve an additional $330 million to fight the corona­virus pandemic and help people and businesses struggling financially. The emergency package...

 

Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don't pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial that uses clips of the president talking...

 

Peterson Welcomes Announcement of General CRP Acreage Enrollment

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2020) - Representative Collin Peterson, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, welcomed news Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will accept more than 3.4 million acres in the recently completed General Sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Program...

 

On 96-0 vote, Senate passes $2.2 trillion virus rescue package

WASHINGTON - The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous 96-0 vote came despite misgivings on both sides about...

 

Reacting to Republican Threats to Hold Coronavirus Package Hostage, Sanders Prepared to Place Hold Over Corporate Welfare

WASHINGTION, March 25 — Unless Senators Graham (R-S.C.), Sasse (R-Neb.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) drop their anti-worker objections to fast-tracking the emergency coronavirus legislation, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that he is prepared to put a hold on this legislation to impose strong conditions on the...

 

Minnesota legislators nearing action on COVID-19 relief

Minnesota legislators who have been working outside the public eye to reach a deal on COVID-19 relief say they plan to convene Thursday at the Capitol to approve the aid. While lawmakers have essentially recessed until mid-April because of the COVID-19 emergency,...

 

Peterson Leads Bipartisan Letter Requesting Lower Rates for SBA Loans

(Washington, D.C) - Today, Congressman Collin Peterson lead a bipartisan coalition of 44 Representatives in sending a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting that the SBA drastically reduce the interest rate tied to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for small...

 

Postpone REAL ID – Not Just Its Deadline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) thanks President Trump for announcing that the REAL ID deadline will be postponed, and will soon send a letter to the president with a request. “Postponing the REAL ID compliance deadline is a wise decision given nationwide social distancing,” said...

 

Sanders Calls on Trump to Rescind Pharma Giveaway of Potential Coronavirus Treatment

WASHINGTON, March 24—Reacting to the decision by the Trump Administration’s FDA to grant Gilead Sciences a seven-year monopoly for antiviral medication remdesivir for potential treatment of the coronavirus, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement: “It is truly outrageous that after taxpayers...

 

Here's everything lobbyists wanted in the coronavirus stimulus package

A wide range of sectors are hurting and asking for help from the U.S. government, as Americans cut back on traveling, shopping, dining out and other activities due to the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount that trade groups have requested totals at least $2.3 trillion, based on a review of some top...

 

Tensions rise as $2 trillion virus aid stalls in Washington

WASHINGTON - Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown...

 

3 GOP Senators In Self-Quarantine Will Be Unable To Vote On Coronavirus Relief

As Senate Republicans try to push through a $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week, they are doing so without a handful of votes in the closely divided chamber: Sens. Rand Paul, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee. That's after Kentucky's Sen. Paul, 57, revealed on...

 

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