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Key committees approve components of COVID-19 package

Key components of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus and relief package advanced this week as they passed out of these House committees: Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Oversight and Reform. The next stop is the House floor the week of Feb. 22, and then the Senate. Democrats are pushing

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Dr. Miguel Cardona gets bipartisan support at confirmation hearing

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance Dr. Miguel Cardona’s nomination for Secretary of Education by a vote of 17-5. During his confirmation hearing, Cardona stressed that “we must be able to reduce spread and contain the virus” to reopen school buildings safely. “If we really want to recover, we

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Americans support Biden’s COVID-19 package by big margins

Stressing the need to act quickly, congressional Democrats laid the groundwork for passing President Biden’s COVID-19 package with a simple majority vote via the budget reconciliation process. Early Friday morning, after a chaotic process called “vote-a-rama,” the Senate voted 51-50 to advance the budget bill that will serve as the legislative vehicle—Vice President Harris cast

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Cardona gets bipartisan support at confirmation hearing

The cordial Feb. 3 confirmation hearing for Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was a stark contrast to the hotly contested nomination of Betsy DeVos four years ago. Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee from both sides of the aisle expressed support for Cardona. “I will