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Big pressure on Biden, Dems to trim $3.5T federal overhaul

Sep. 28, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounting, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress strained Tuesday to trim back his $3.5 trillion government overhaul to win support from two key holdout senators ahead of make-or-break deadlines for votes. Child care subsidies could be...

Yellen says infrastructure overhaul will US boost economy

Sep. 28, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday that President Joe Biden's spending proposals will address long-overdue U.S. infrastructure needs and prepare the country to meet future challenges. In remarks before the National Association for Business...

Yellen warns delay in raising debt limit will slow economy

Sep. 28, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sounded an urgent call Tuesday for Congress to raise the government's borrowing limit, a day after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of a bill that would have done so. If the debt limit isn’t raised by Oct....

EXPLAINER: Drama, deadlines as Congress weighs Biden agenda

Sep. 28, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama and deadlines driving action on Capitol Hill right now can be disorienting. Democrats are trying to pass more than $4 trillion in infrastructure and social programs at the center of President Joe Biden’s agenda — and at the same time avert a government...

Powell says spike in inflation lasting longer than expected

Sep. 27, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is preparing to tell Congress that the current spike in U.S. inflation has proven to be larger and more long-lasting than expected. But, in remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday, he says that if inflation does...

Judge blocks key NYPD tactic: Scouring sealed arrest records

Sep. 27, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday barred New York City police officers from accessing sealed arrest records without a court order, halting a long-standing practice of plying confidential information in department files to aid investigations, target suspects and shape policing decisions. ...

Minnesota expands eligibility for home heating aid program

Sep. 27, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is taking advantage of federal funding to expand the number of households that qualify for its Energy Assistance Program, the state Department of Commerce announced Monday. The changes will make over 600,000 Minnesota households...

EXPLAINER: What's behind all the drama in Congress?

Sep. 27, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama and deadlines driving action on Capitol Hill right now can be disorienting. Democrats are trying to pass more than $4 trillion in infrastructure and social programs at the center of President Joe Biden’s agenda — and at the same time avert a government...

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The...

Lower death rates for Black moms is goal of California bill

Sep. 27, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the lowest death rates nationally among pregnant women and new mothers, but the numbers for Black mothers tell a different story. They were six times more likely to die within a year of pregnancy than white women from 2014...