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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 5, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off....

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far...

US appeals court: New policy on immigrants already does harm

Aug. 4, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge correctly struck down a new Department of Homeland Security rule that went into effect earlier this year denying green cards to legal immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, an appeals court said Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference to update the state's status in dealing with the new coronavirus Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado's Polis urges US to go beyond renewal of virus aid

Aug. 4, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging Congress to go beyond simple renewal of earlier federal pandemic assistance and provide a more extensive package of aid to blunt the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Polis, a Democrat, said he wants food stamp benefit increases, home heating and child...

Louisiana increasing food aid for families because of virus

Aug. 2, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is boosting food stamp assistance for some households for a sixth month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Children and Family Services said people receiving food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program who don't receive the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gives Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., an elbow bump as Schumer leaves following a meeting at the Capitol with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a COVID-19 relief bill, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Negotiators report progress in coronavirus relief talks

Aug. 1, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen. “This was the longest meeting we've had and it was more productive...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. smiles while speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

Jul. 31, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up the economy and family budgets but is expiring Friday. President Donald Trump is eager to extend the benefit, undercutting his GOP...

Colorado activists want more federal money to feed families

Jul. 30, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers and hunger awareness groups are urging Congress to increase food stamp benefits as families increasingly turn to food banks due to job losses during the coronavirus pandemic. Sens. Brittany Pettersen, a Democrat, and Larry Crowder, a Republican, joined advocates Wednesday...

Missouri to reinstate rules for unemployment, food stamps

Jun. 16, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State officials on Tuesday said they're reinstating requirements for unemployment and food stamps that were waived because of the coronavirus pandemic. Anna Hui, director of the state's labor department, said workers will need to comply with job search requirements to keep getting...

Rhode Island children to return to classroom on Aug. 31

Jun. 10, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

Rhode Island plans to have schoolchildren and teachers back in the classroom for face-to-face instruction starting Aug. 31, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. While the state’s remote learning plan during the coronavirus pandemic has been one of the most successful in the nation, “There is no...