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Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

Yellen outlines to Congress emergency measures on debt limit

Jul. 23, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that a default would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the...

Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

Jul. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department's Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation's capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 23, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges

Jul. 23, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A homegrown football hero and businessman supported by his longtime friend Donald Trump, Herschel Walker has an attractive profile for Republicans looking to reclaim a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. But as he decides whether to run, a more complex picture...

Biden to bring infrastructure sales pitch to Pennsylvania

Jul. 23, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will head to the Allentown area Wednesday as he fights for passage in the Senate of a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure measure that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with him. The White House is billing Biden's visit to...

Indiana businesses urge Congress to pass LGBTQ protections

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 Indiana businesses are urging Congress to pass legislation stalled in the Senate that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people, saying in a letter that “discrimination is bad for business." Prominent businesses...

As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges

Jul. 23, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At first glance, Herschel Walker has a coveted political profile for a potential Senate candidate in Georgia. He was a football hero at the University of Georgia before his long NFL career. He’s a business owner whose chicken products are distributed...