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Pelosi says House will take up stimulus bill by Wednesday

By Makini Brice | Reuters WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives will take up by Wednesday the Senate version of the sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package backed by President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday. Closing in on final approval of one of the biggest U.S. anti-poverty measures since the 1960s, Democrats aim to enact the massive legislation by Sunday, when enhanced federal unemployment benefits are set to expire. The Senate passed its version of the bill...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, House, Catholic, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Gavin Newsom, Trump


State lawmakers hear powerful opposition amid lots of support at ‘Safe Routes for All’ bill hearing

Lawmakers and advocates in the virtual meeting. Senate Bill 395, also known as the Safe Routes for All bill, got its first hearing at the Oregon Legislature this morning where members of the Joint Transportation Committee heard much more support for the bill than opposition to it. But what the opposition lacked in the collective power of their voices, they made up for in the power of the organizations they spoke up for. Proposed by The Street Trust with sponsorship from Eugene-area Senator Fl...
Tags: Politics, Oregon, Senate, Legislation, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Evans, Bill, AAA, Don, Eugene, Legislature, American Planning Association, Gibson


Biden backs tighter limits on stimulus checks to speed COVID-19 relief bill

By Laura Litvan and Erik Wasson | Bloomberg President Joe Biden has agreed to moderate Democrats’ demands to narrow eligibility for stimulus checks, but rejected a push to trim extra unemployment benefits, as he tries to win support for his $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill, according to a Democratic aide. Individuals earning over $80,000 now won’t qualify for the direct payments, compared with a $100,000 cap in the previously drafted legislation, the aide said on condition of anonymity. The ce...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Disney, US, California News, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Sport, Joe Biden


Biden approves cutting the number of people eligible for a 3rd stimulus check

President Joe Biden. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Biden signed off on tightening eligibility for a third stimulus check, Democratic aides said. Lower caps for eligible incomes would prevent wealthier people from getting a payment. Individuals earning above $80,000 would no longer qualify for a stimulus check. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden has signed off on faster phaseouts for $1,400 stimulus checks, a step that would cut...
Tags: Congress, Colorado, Washington Post, Oregon, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New Hampshire, House, Biden, Ron Wyden, Democratic, Senate Finance Committee, Sen Michael Bennet, Sen Jeanne Shaheen


Oregon advocates launch ‘Safe Routes for All’ campaign to boost Bike Bill spending

(Graphic: The Street Trust) “Now is the time for Oregon to fully build out a complete network of safe walkways, bikeways, and street crossings.”— Sarah Iannarone, The Street Trust The effort to update Oregon’s ‘Bike Bill’ has begun in earnest as advocates from Eugene and Oregon work to build a coalition of supporters to convince lawmakers that more money should be spent on bicycling and walking infrastructure. Introduced in mid-December by The Street Trust in partnership with Eugene-ar...
Tags: Politics, Oregon, Legislation, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Don, Eugene, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Joint Committee, Jonathan Maus, Sarah Iannarone, Floyd Prozanski, Prozanski


Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces wealth tax bill aimed at people worth over $50 million

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill on Monday that would tax the wealthiest people in the US. The bill would apply a 2% tax on individuals with net worths between $50 million and $1 billion. The Biden administration has not expressed support for the idea. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Monday unveiled legislation that would tax the fortunes of the wealthiest peo...
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23 progressive Democrats including AOC urge Biden to overrule top Senate official and keep a $15 minimum wage in the stimulus package

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ro Khanna. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images House progressives are urging Biden to overrule a Senate official and keep a $15 minimum wage in the stimulus plan. The effort is led by Rep. Ro Khanna, but signatories include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans," Khanna said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A group of Hou...
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23 progressive Democrats including AOC urge Biden to overrule top Senate official and keep $15 per hour minimum wage in the stimulus package

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images A group of 23 House progressives are urging Biden to overrule a key Senate official and keep a $15 an hour minimum wage in the stimulus plan. The effort is led by Rep. Ro Khanna, but signatories include Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans," Khanna said in a statement. Visit the Bu...
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Bernie Sanders says Democrats will try to devise a backdoor to implement a $15 minimum wage after major stimulus setback

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks during an interview with MSNBC in the Russell Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images A federal minimum wage hike was struck from the stimulus package on Thursday. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Democrats instead will propose to strip tax deductions from large corporations who don't pay workers at least $15 an hour. He also said they would provide incentives to small businesses so that they can raise...
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Massive conservation bill would preserve Rim of the Valley, extend San Gabriel Mountains monument

A giant California conservation bill that would preserve 1 million acres of land from the banks of the Los Angeles River to the forests near the Oregon border will go before Congress for a historic vote on Friday, Feb. 26. Four representatives, each adding a piece of the preservation pie, said in a virtual press conference Thursday that their long-suffering efforts have been re-born by a Democratic majority in the House and what could be a dramatic tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate by Vice Pr...
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Pandemic first job for HHS pick but health agenda is broader

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to expand health insurance, rein in prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. “To meet this moment, we need strong federal leadership,” Becerra said at the first of two hearings on his nomination. “I understand the enormous challenges before us and o...
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HHS nominee says pandemic comes first but agenda is broader

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, told senators Tuesday that tackling the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to work to expand health insurance coverage, curb prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. “The COVID pandemic has killed 500,000 Americans,” Becerra told the Senate health committee. “To meet this moment, we need strong federa...
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GOP Working To Block Nomination Of Xavier Becerra As Health Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP/CBS13) – President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces two days of contentious Senate hearings. Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic. Now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, Becerra will be grilled by two panels. Tuesday, it’s the health committee’s turn, followed Wednesday by the Finance Committee, which will vote on sending B...
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HHS nominee Becerra says pandemic will be top priority

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces two days of contentious Senate hearings. Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic. Now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, Becerra will be grilled by two panels. Tuesday, it’s the health committee’s turn, followed Wednesday by the Finance Committee, which w...
Tags: Health, Business, California, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Senate, White House, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer


Census delays are scrambling the once-in-a-decade redistricting that will shape the 2022 midterms

US Census workers stand outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 24, 2020 in New York City Noam Galai/Getty Images Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Census data delays are already throwing a curveball in the 2022 midterms.  The detailed data states use for redistricting may not get to states by September.  States may have to delay primary dates and make last-minute changes.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The COVID-19 pandemic's deleterious imp...
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The Latest: Biden to mark 500,000 lives lost with ceremony

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON __ President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Ka...
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The Latest: New Zealand to remove restrictions from Auckland

By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will remove remaining coronavirus restrictions from Auckland on Monday after an outbreak discovered in the largest city fades away. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more than 72,000 tests had found no evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Auckland was placed into a three-day lockdown this month after a mother, father and daughter tested positive. Another five contacts later tested positive. After the lockdown ended, Auc...
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The Latest: California coronavirus death toll tops 49,000

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks...
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The Latest: California coronavirus death toll tops 9,000

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks...
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The Latest: Grieving Italians mark a COVID-19 anniversary

By The Associated Press CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known locally transmitted COVID-19 case in the West. With church services Sunday and wreath-laying ceremonies, including in small northern towns which were the first to be hard-hit by the pandemic, citizens paid tribute to the dead. Italy has a confirmed death toll from the virus of 95,500. While the first wave of infections largely engulfed Lombardy and other north...
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Democrats are planning at least another $2 trillion in stimulus spending, shrugging off fears of growing debt

President Joe Biden meets with lawmakers in the Oval Office. Pete Marovich/Pool/Getty Images Democrats are planning at least another $2 trillion in stimulus spending, much of it on infrastructure. Senior Democrats support new taxes on wealthy Americans and large businesses to finance part of a follow-up package. Senate Republicans are likely to press for more targeted spending, and spark a clash in Congress. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democrats are on course to...
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Democrats are planning at least another $2 trillion in stimulus spending, shrugging off growing debt

President Joe Biden meets with lawmakers in the Oval Office. Pete Marovich/Pool/Getty Images Democrats are planning at least another $2 trillion in stimulus spending, much of it on infrastructure. Senior Democrats support new taxes on wealthy Americans and large businesses to finance part of a follow-up package. Senate Republicans are likely to press for more targeted spending, and spark a clash in Congress. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democrats are on course to...
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Earmarks are coming back and Oregon is positioned to get them says Rep. Blumenauer

Blumenauer at this morning’s JPACT meeting (lower right). Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer dropped into a meeting of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) Thursday morning to share an overview of what to expect from the Biden Administration. “If there’s an opportunity to jumpstart some of the regional investments, I think we ought to fully explore and work together to make that successful.” JPACT is an influential body convened by Metro that has several mayors and...
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A $1,400 stimulus check will allow 22.6 million Americans to pay their bills in full through mid-July, new report finds

President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 5, 2021. Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images A Morning Consult report found that 22.6 million Americans will be able to pay their bills through mid-July with $1,400 stimulus checks. The report recommended lower income thresholds, increased child payments, and extended unemployment aid to mitigate risks that the pandemic could bring. The House Committee on Ways and Means included unemployment benefit...
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Senator behind push for Bike Bill spending boost offers dose of reality

Riders on the I-205 path, built with State Highway Fund dollars.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Eugene-area Senator Floyd Prozanski will play a big role in whether or not a major effort to boost bicycle spending in Oregon will get the green light. Senator Floyd Prozanski in 2011.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) While not a member of the Joint Transportation Committee, Prozanski is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 395 which seeks to increase spending on biking and walking in the “Bik...
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Backed by business and advocacy coalition, Blumenauer introduces ‘E-BIKE Act’

Customers eye Gazelle models at The E-Bike Store in north Portland.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) If you thought Portland’s U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer was done pushing bicycle policy on Capitol Hill with his ; you don’t know Congressman Blumenauer. Yesterday his office made official something we teased in the Monday Roundup: Blumenauer has teamed up with Representative Jimmy Panetta, a Central California Democrat, to introduce the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the En...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Oregon, US, America, Legislation, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Capitol Hill, Electric Bikes, Panetta, Central California, U S PIRG, Oregon House


Former GOP senator dismissed the party as 'a grotesque caricature' of its former self

Former Republican Sen. John Danforth of Missouri. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File Former Sen. John Danforth said that today's GOP is "a grotesque caricature" of its former self. Danforth expressed that the party is "in decline" in uncompetitive in swaths of the country. He also said that Trump should be convicted in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In a recent PBS interview, former GOP Sen. John Danforth of Missouri said that today...
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House Democrats voted to circumvent Republicans and start passing Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package on their own

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sanitizes the gavel after Vice President Mike Pence walked off the dais during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images House Democrats voted to advance a budget bill, which sets the stage for Biden's stimulus package to pass in a party-line vote. Biden met with Democrats earlier in the day and they doubled down on their intent to move swiftly. "There's agreement,...
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Democrats are kicking off efforts to ditch Republicans on stimulus as Biden administration defends its $1.9 trillion relief package

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Democrats kicked off the reconciliation process on Monday, a legislative maneuver to pass Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package without any GOP votes. "The cost of inaction is high and growing, and the time for decisive action is now," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. The deve...
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In Oregon, all drug possession is now decriminalized

By Andrew Selsky | Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs as a ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday. Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment that could lead to addiction counseling. Backers of the ballot measure, which Oregon voters passed by a wide margin in November, hailed it as a revolutionary move f...
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