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Lawmakers push PPP revamp as funding lapse looms
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
By Zachary Warmbrodt
Senate Small Business Chair Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the bill, which would allow thousands of self-employed Americans to qualify for more aid under the massive Paycheck Protection Program.
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A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday unveiled plans to offer more emergency pandemic relief to the country's tiniest employers, a last-minute revamp of Washington's nearly $1 trillion small business rescue that is close to exhausting its fun ...

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Chauvin conviction squeezes Congress on police reform
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
By Burgess Everett, Marianne LeVine and Nicholas Wu
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, left, and Rep. Joyce Beatty wait with members of the Congressional Black Caucus for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin on Capitol Hill on April 20.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd is heaping more pressure than ever on the Senate to finally enact nationwide police reform, senators in both parties said Tuesday in the wake of the verdict. And progress toward a bipart ...

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GOP fails to censure Waters with nation on edge over Chauvin verdict
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
By Sarah Ferris and Melanie Zanona
House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) presides over a markup of pending bills on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

A GOP push to punish Rep. Maxine Waters for encouraging protests against police brutality fizzled on Tuesday. But the effort exposed a massive problem facing congressional leaders in both parties as they struggle to rein in members' inflammatory ...

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GOP senators float $600-800 billion infrastructure counteroffer
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
By Tanya Snyder, Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito proposed paying for the plan with user fees that would extend to electric and hydrogen-powered cars, which don’t pay gas taxes.
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Republican senators Tuesday discussed a counterproposal to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, likely coming in at $600 billion to $800 billion and paid for with user fees and unspent Covid relief money. The plan: Two people who attended ...

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Capitol Police abandon plan to reconstruct building's outer fence
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
By Kyle Cheney, Nicholas Wu and Sarah Ferris
A worker removes razor wire from a security fence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, March 20, 2021.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Congressional security officials reversed course late Tuesday and abandoned a plan to reconstruct fencing around the Capitol — one that had been approved by Capitol Police and other security leaders just hours earlier. The plan for fencing was ...

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