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Legislature approves expansion of low-income tax credit

Apr. 15, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would expand a tax credit for low-income workers and families that would start paying out benefits for the first time in 2023 was approved by the Washington Legislature Thursday. The House, on a 93-3 vote, concurred with changes made in...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Apr. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 8, 2021. Editorial: Missouri lawmakers peddling false choice between public defenders, Medicaid expansion Missouri lawmakers are taking small steps to rectify the outrageous denial of constitutional rights for thousands of...

US budget deficit jumps to record $1.7 trillion this year

Apr. 12, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit surged to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion for the first six months of this budget year, nearly double the previous record, as another round of economic-support checks added billions of dollars to spending last month. ...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 10, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 09, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

Apr. 07, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still...

EXPLAINER: Senate eyes budget rule to push past filibuster

Apr. 07, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster by opponents. This week, the Senate...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

Apr. 07, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still...

McConnell downplays need for aid to home state's government

Apr. 05, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell downplayed a new infusion of federal relief for his home state's government, questioning the need Monday as the economy looks to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. During a stop in Lexington, Kentucky,...

Missouri House votes against funding Medicaid expansion

Mar. 30, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House is on track to block funding for a voter-approved expansion of the state's Medicaid health care program after shooting down Democrats' attempts to pay for it Tuesday. Voters last year amended the state Constitution...