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After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief in sight

“Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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As deadline for Covid relief deal looms, poll shows voters support $2 trillion stimulus by 51-point margin

The new survey shows 72% of likely voters—including 56% of Republicans—support an ambitious coronavirus relief package. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 With the agreed-upon deadline for Democratic leaders and the Trump White House…

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8 Million forced into poverty since Covid relief expired in July

As Trump and GOP refuse aid package “It’s really important that we reinstate some of the lost benefits” that were extended as part of the CARES Act, one researcher said. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Disney fires 28,000 workers during stock buyback spree

“It appears that—prior to, and during the pandemic—Disney took good care of its top executives and shareholders—and now is hanging its front-line workers out to dry.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Sen. Elizabeth…

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Ro Khanna says Democrats have ‘moral obligation’ to pursue deal with White House on Covid relief

‘People Are Suffering’ “We are the party that stands for the working poor,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Still alone among progressive members of Congress in publicly urging House…

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Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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Report details massive Fed bailout of fossil fuel industry

‘A $100 Billion Lifeline While Most Americans Are Being Left Behind’ “Big Oil is exploiting Covid-19 to go on an unprecedented borrowing binge, and the Trump administration is to blame.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday,…

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Rich mostly fine but poorest ‘completely crushed’ after Covid-19 triggered ‘most unequal’ recession in modern US history

A new analysis by the Washington Post found that the coronavirus recession has eliminated low-wage jobs at around eight times the rate of high-wage jobs. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 While the ongoing…

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Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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GOP urged to pass Democrats’ $2.2 trillion Covid relief bill

“Ball Is Now in the Court of Senate Republicans” “House Democrats have again stepped up. Will McConnell and the White House ever do the same?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Progressive advocacy groups…

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Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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Cars display signs requesting to stop evictions as protesters supporting the rent freeze gather in Chinatown on August 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. During the pandemic, California has passed a number of eviction protections that are under evaluation as they have started expiring. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
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Eviction fears mount as grace period for federal moratorium expires

‘Coming to a Town Near You.’  “It is morally obscene that the American people have to rely on GoFundMe to pay for rent and food,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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New unemployment claims again exceed 1 Million—A reminder that ‘Now isn’t the time to cut benefits that support jobs’

Some economists reiterated calls for extending the $600 weekly boost that’s opposed by Trump and congressional Republicans. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, August 20 The U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday that national jobless claims last…

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The White House is a mess

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   People literally don’t know what to do. Random strangers will ask in social distanced lines at stores and gas stations, whether anyone knows what’s happening to the stimulus. Will there be…

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on July 29. (Anna Moneymaker/The Ne​w York Times via Redux)
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How hotel chains got a slice of government aid for small businesses

Up to $1 billion in small business relief dollars went to hotel chains with more than 500 employees. One beneficiary was the client of a former aide to Sen. Susan Collins who was among many lobbying…

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70% Americans support $1 Trillion state and local aid GOP refuse to provide

“Senators can no longer ignore the calls of voters, local elected officials, and economists who have repeatedly called for this relief.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want…

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GOP proposes legal immunity for corporations, $0 in funding for states, and deep cuts to unemployment benefits

“Republicans have wasted months coming up with a proposal that, remarkably, would make the pandemic and economic pain even worse—especially a corporate immunity provision that would be a literal death sentence to countless Americans.” by Jake…

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GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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GOP plan to slash unemployment benefits by $1,600 per month condemned as ‘absolutely unacceptable’

“The country is on fire and the chief concern for Senate Republicans is that unemployed people have too much money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 27 Progressives are rejecting out of hand a proposal…

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GOP leaving town as unemployment benefits set to expire

‘Going to Lead to Desperation for Millions’, Wyden Slams GOP “Republicans move mountains for corporations and special interests, but when it comes to helping workers their message is clear: you’re on your own.” by Jake Johnson,…

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GOP floats slashing boosted unemployment payments to $100 per week

Showing ‘Contempt for the American People,’  “Senate Republicans are wildly out of touch with reality. Seriously, just $400 a month? Cutting monthly income for 30 million families by $2,000 would cost the country millions of jobs.”…

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McConnell laughs when asked if Covid-19 bill will pass by end of next week—when unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Thirty million workers won’t be able to pay rent on August 1st and McConnell is laughing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laughed Tuesday when asked whether he expects…

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Congress urged to reject ‘hostage-taking’ as Trump threatens to veto any Covid-19 bill that doesn’t cut Social Security

“Beware of the payroll tax cut! It is just the administration’s attempt to cut Social Security and Medicare.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17 With President Donald Trump reportedly telling Republican lawmakers in private…

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