Trump order requires feds to buy essential drugs from US firms
In a long-promised order spurred by concerns over disruptions to global supply chains, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at boosting domestic production of critical drugs and medical supplies.
Barr defends protest response in fiery House hearing
Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday defended the Trump administration’s use of federal agents to respond to racial justice protests, as Democrats accused him of seeking conflict in the streets and using the Justice Department to aid the president’s re-election bid.
Senate Republicans announce $1T coronavirus relief package
Senate Republicans unveiled an estimated $1 trillion economic relief bill responding to the coronavirus pandemic Monday, though the package faces rounds of negotiations with Democrats who gave it a cool reception.
Senators weigh spending more to help states prepare for COVID election
With the 2020 election looming and the coronavirus pandemic continuing to rage across the country, senators and state election officials debated the need Wednesday for more federal dollars to help states conduct voting safely.
Monthly budget deficit soars to record high of $864 billion
The U.S. budget deficit hit a historic high of $864 billion in June, in large part due to a surge in federal spending aimed at stabilizing the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Supreme Court advances subpoena of Trump tax returns
Upholding a New York City prosecutor’s subpoena for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday that presidents are not immune from state criminal proceedings while in office.
House answers decaying U.S. infrastructure with $1.5T bill; Gianforte votes no
The House of Representatives passed a sweeping infrastructure bill on Wednesday, a $1.5 trillion package that pours money into clean-transportation initiatives, renewable energy, and programs for affordable housing and internet development.
U.S. House passes healthcare expansion measure; Gianforte votes no
Contrasting the effort with the Trump administration’s push to have the Supreme Court invalidate the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives on Monday approved an expansion of the law better known as Obamacare.
Prosecutors warm of politicization in U.S. Justice Department
Reigniting calls for Attorney General William Barr’s impeachment, two Justice Department attorneys told a House panel that politics have infested some of the agency’s highest-profile actions, including the prosecution of Roger Stone.
House moves to allow remote voting and virtual hearings
House leadership unveiled plans Wednesday that would allow members to cast votes by proxy and committees to conduct remote work during the coronavirus pandemic.