American Airlines opposes voting restriction bill in Texas – National

Texas appeared on Thursday to become the next flash point on politically charged issues in Corporate America after legislation passed by the state Senate to limit voting access prompted a rebuke from American Airlines. “We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it,” Fort Worth, Texas-based American said in a statement. Read […]

New York state lawmakers pass bill to legalize recreational marijuana – National

New York lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday to legalize adult use of marijuana, which will make it the 15th state in the United States to allow recreational use of the drug. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was looking forward to signing the bill into law. “New York has a storied history of being […]

$1.9T coronavirus relief bill approved by U.S. Congress in win for Biden, Democrats – National

A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government’s spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a nation. The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package […]

U.S. Senate works through the night with coronavirus aid bill on path to passage – National

The Senate worked through the night and past sunrise Saturday on Democrats’ showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after a deal between leaders and moderate Sen. Joe Manchin on emergency jobless benefits broke a logjam that had stalled the package. The compromise, announced by Manchin, D-W.Va., and a Democratic aide late Friday and backed […]

Mexico to pass marijuana legalization bill next week, former president says – National

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in a country […]

U.S. House passes George Floyd police reform bill a 2nd time after Biden’s blessing – National

Cheered on by U.S. President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled Wednesday to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall’s election. The George Floyd Justice in Policing […]

U.S. House narrowly passes Biden’s $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill, clearing 1st hurdle – National

U.S. President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of […]

U.S. COVID-19 relief bill cannot include $15 minimum wage hike, Senate arbiter says – National

The U.S. Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress. The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, means Democrats […]

Go big or go bipartisan: Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill – National

President Joe Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is forcing an internal reckoning that pits his instincts to work toward a bipartisan deal against the demands of an urgent crisis and his desire to deliver for those who helped elect him. His bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of […]

Biden to unveil sweeping U.S. immigration bill on first day of office: reports – National

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies. The legislation puts Biden on track […]