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Oatmeal yes, eggs no: Gaps emerge in U.S. anti-hunger push for children

Oatmeal yes, eggs no: Gaps emerge in U.S. anti-hunger push for children

By CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - When the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of U.S. schools a year ago, Congress took action to ensure that low-income families whose children received free meals at school would have money to buy food on their own.But nobody told AmberLee McCann.The single mother, who cares for foster children along with her two sons, quickly ran through her savings after she quit her jobs at a veterinary practice and a real estate firm because she has underlying health issues and feared catching COVID-19, and money was running low. Trips to the grocery store became...

Mar 28
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Analysis: Despite Republican opposition, red states fare well in Biden's COVID-19 bill

Analysis: Despite Republican opposition, red states fare well in Biden's COVID-19 bill

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill was crafted without Republican input and passed Congress without a single Republican vote. Nevertheless, Republican-leaning states are due to get a disproportionate share of many of its benefits.States that voted for former President Donald Trump in the November election are due to get a larger amount of education and child-care aid per resident than those that backed Biden, according to estimates from two congressional committees.Residents of Republican-leaning states, which tend to have lower household...

Mar 10
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Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan

Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 face 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 219 to 212 and sent it on to the Senate, where Democrats planned a legislative maneuver to allow them to pass it without the support of Republicans.The American Rescue Plan would pay for vaccines and medical supplies and send a new...

Feb 26
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Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes

Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday blocked attempts to alter a $2.3 trillion coronavirus aid and government spending package, rejecting President Donald Trump’s demand for extensive changes and leaving benefits for millions of Americans at risk.Democrats in the House of Representatives sought to increase direct payments to Americans included in the bill from $600 to $2,000 per person as part of a coronavirus economic relief initiative, acting on one of Trump’s requests. Trump’s fellow Republicans, who oppose the higher amount, blocked that effort.Republicans sought to...

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December 24, 2020
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Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes

Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. lawmakers on Thursday blocked attempts to alter a $2.3 trillion coronavirus aid and government spending package, rejecting President Donald Trump’s demand for extensive changes and leaving benefits for millions of Americans at risk.Democrats in the House of Representatives sought to increase direct payments to Americans included in the bill from $600 to $2,000 per person as part of a coronavirus economic relief initiative, acting on one of Trump’s requests. Trump’s fellow Republicans, who oppose the higher amount, blocked that effort.Republicans sought to...

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December 24, 2020
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Defying Congress, Trump vetoes defense bill, threatens government shutdown

Defying Congress, Trump vetoes defense bill, threatens government shutdown

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan defense policy bill on Wednesday and raised the prospect that the United States could face a government shutdown during a pandemic, stirring new turmoil in Washington as he headed to Florida for Christmas.Angry at his fellow Republicans in Congress, Trump sought to refashion two complex pieces of legislation that passed Congress by wide, bipartisan margins after months of negotiation.Trump followed through on a threat to veto the defense bill and demanded dramatic changes to a $2.3 trillion package that funds the...

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December 23, 2020
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After months of inaction, U.S. Congress approves $892 billion COVID-19 relief package

After months of inaction, U.S. Congress approves $892 billion COVID-19 relief package

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s pandemic-battered economy after months of inaction, while also keeping the federal government funded.President Donald Trump is expected to sign the package into law.Following days of furious negotiation, both legislative chambers worked deep into the night to pass the bill - worth about $2.3 trillion including spending for the rest of the fiscal year - with the House of Representatives first approving it and the Senate following suit several hours...

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December 21, 2020
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Website targeting U.S. election officials draws attention of intelligence agencies

Website targeting U.S. election officials draws attention of intelligence agencies

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The harassment campaign against U.S. election officials following President Donald Trump’s defeat took an ominous turn on Thursday after a website surfaced that accused them of “treason” and included photographs and home addresses, drawing the attention of U.S. intelligence agencies.The site, along with several associated social media accounts, included photographs of Republican and Democratic officials, with rifle crosshairs superimposed on them.The FBI said on Thursday that it was aware of the issue. U.S. intelligence agencies are also looking into the...

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December 10, 2020
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U.S. inches closer to vaccine approval, economic relief as pandemic rages on

U.S. inches closer to vaccine approval, economic relief as pandemic rages on

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Economic relief and a vaccine drew nearer to reality on Wednesday to counter a coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the U.S. economy and killed 286,487 people, with year-end holiday gatherings expected to fuel another surge in infections.The U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on Wednesday on a one-week stopgap funding bill that will buy more time to reach a deal on COVID-19 relief, with a separate aid packages of more than $900 billion on the table.Help is urgently needed as the United States reported an average of 2,259 deaths and 205,661 new cases...

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December 8, 2020
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Explainer: More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

Explainer: More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Glock semi-automatic pistols are displayed for sale at Firearms Unknown, a gun store in Oceanside, California, U.S., April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File PhotoPresident Joe Biden to tackle gun violence in the United States last week, but more ambitious steps will be harder to enact despite widespread public support.Here are some facts about gun violence in the United States:HOW MANY AMERICANS OWN GUNS?With about 121 firearms in circulation for every 100 residents, the United...

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