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What to look for at China’s annual Congress

BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature begins its annual meeting this week with economic growth, climate and a crackdown on political opponents in Hong Kong expected to be on the agenda. COMMUNIST PARTY FIRMLY IN CHARGE WHILE XI REIGNS SUPREME The gathering of the National People’s Congress and its advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative … Read more

Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, raising concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to … Read more

Takeaways from Congress’ first hearing on Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security officials testifying at Congress’ first hearing on the deadly siege of the Capitol cast blame and pointed fingers on Tuesday but also acknowledged they were woefully unprepared for the violence. Senators drilled down on the stunning security failure and missed warning signs as rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed … Read more

Biden backs studying reparations as Congress considers bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s White House is giving its support to studying reparations for Black Americans, boosting Democratic lawmakers who are renewing efforts to create a commission on the issue amid the stark racial disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would create a commission … Read more

Congress Stalled In COVID-19 Relief Bill Discussions : NPR

Talks between top Congressional Democrats and White House officials have failed to reconcile the coronavirus relief bills of the House and the Senate. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Democrats and Republicans have not been able to agree on the next round of coronavirus relief after two weeks of talks. In fact, the parties remain largely in the … Read more

Congress Fails To Reach Agreement On New COVID-19 Relief Bill : NPR

Congress is stalled in the latest round of stimulus talks, as they try to negotiate another round of pandemic relief payments. What are the economic consequences for Americans? DAVID GREENE, HOST: There has been a whole lot of talking in Washington but still no agreement on getting more help to millions of unemployed Americans in … Read more

Congress Still Faces Pandemic Risks As It Meets Without Testing Plan : NPR

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks before the start of a House Natural Resources Committee in June. Grijalva recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks before the start of a House Natural Resources Committee in June. … Read more

Health Officials Testify Before Congress On Pandemic Response : NPR

Leaders of the White House Coronavirus Task Force testified Friday on Capitol Hill. They faced questions on their response to the pandemic and on a switch between COVID-19 patients databases. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Earlier this week, the U.S. passed a sobering milestone. COVID-19 has now killed more than 150,000 people here. That’s a backdrop for … Read more