Politics

Biden Signs Bill Ending Furlough of 3,700 Transportation Workers

The measure, which extends expiring transportation programs for a month, had originally been part of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that stalled in the House this week. By Luke Broadwater WASHINGTON — The Senate met briefly on Saturday to send a bill to President Biden reviving key transportation programs that had lapsed two days earlier […]

Business

Consumer Bureau Chief Confirmed in Close Senate Vote

The Senate confirmed Rohit Chopra on Thursday to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a 50-to-48 party-line vote that overcame objections from Republicans who said he would wield the bureau’s sweeping powers to pursue an anti-business agenda. Mr. Chopra, 39, served most recently as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission, which he often […]

Politics

After Setback, Democrats Vow to Push Ahead on Immigration Overhaul

After a top Senate official rejected a proposal to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, Democrats said they would craft an alternative. By Luke Broadwater and Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats vowed on Monday to continue their efforts to grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, a centerpiece of President Biden’s immigration plan, after […]

Politics

U.S. to Advise Boosters for Most Americans 8 Months After Vaccination

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has decided that most Americans should get a coronavirus booster vaccination eight months after they received their second shot, and could begin offering third shots as early as mid- to late September, according to administration officials familiar with the discussions. Officials are planning to announce the decision as early as […]

Politics

Judge Permits Biden’s Replacement Evictions Ban to Stay in Place for Now

But the judge said she doubted the Supreme Court would ultimately find it lawful. By Charlie Savage WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday permitted the Biden administration’s replacement evictions moratorium to continue, saying that she lacked authority to block such an emergency public-health policy even though she believed “the government is unlikely to prevail” […]

Politics

Aide to Capitol Riot Inquiry Is Accused of Whistle-Blower Retaliation

WASHINGTON — A second staff member on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 pro-Trump attack on the Capitol has been accused of retaliation against a whistle-blower, the latest development that threatens to distract from the panel’s inquiry. On Wednesday, Mark S. Zaid, the lawyer for a former Department of Homeland Security intelligence chief, […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | This Is No Way to Rule a Country

By Greg Weiner Mr. Weiner is a political scientist who served as a senior Senate aide to Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska. A curious constitutional drama unfolded in the nation’s capital last week. Having failed to pass a moratorium on evictions, members of Congress took to the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand that […]

Politics

Debate Over Presidential War Powers Sets Up Test for a Divided G.O.P.

A growing bipartisan consensus to repeal decades-old military authorizations is driven partly by a shift among Republicans toward Donald J. Trump’s “America First” approach. By Catie Edmondson WASHINGTON — When it comes to reining in presidential war powers, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, regarded as a leading prospect for the 2024 Republican nomination, agrees with […]

Politics

Congress approves $2.1 billion in emergency spending for Capitol security and aid for Afghan allies.

Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $2.1 billion emergency spending bill to pay for Capitol security costs stemming from the Jan. 6 attack and a push by the Biden administration to allow thousands of Afghans facing retribution for aiding American troops to be quickly evacuated to the United States. The Senate voted 98-0 after leaders […]

Politics

Biden is set to host a naturalization ceremony to celebrate Independence Day.

By Chris Cameron President Biden will host a naturalization ceremony on Friday afternoon at the White House as part of an effort by the federal government to swear-in almost 10,000 new citizens in celebration of Independence Day. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the naturalization process, announced that it was holding 170 naturalization ceremonies […]