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WASHINGTON | For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn’t feel safe

WASHINGTON — Jan 21, 2019— Doris Cochran, a disabled mother of two young boys, is stockpiling canned foods these days, filling her shelves with noodle soup, green beans, peaches and pears_anything that can last for months, or even years. Her pantry looks like she’s preparing for a winter storm. But she’s just trying to make … Continue reading WASHINGTON | For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn’t feel safe

WASHINGTON | Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

WASHINGTON —Jan 12, 2019— The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. But if … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

WASHINGTON | USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February

WASHINGTON — Jan 08, 2019—The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so that they can be paid to the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February

WASHINGTON | Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown

WASHINGTON — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America‘s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown

WASHINGTON | Shutdown could block federal aid to farmers hit by trade war

WASHINGTON— The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the USDA last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Shutdown could block federal aid to farmers hit by trade war

WASHINGTON | Shutdown could block federal payments to farmers

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown could complicate things for farmers lining up for federal payments to ease the burden of President Donald Trump‘s trade war with China. The USDA last week assured farmers that direct payments would keep going out during the first week of the shutdown. But payments will soon be suspended for farmers … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Shutdown could block federal payments to farmers

WASHINGTON | No solution to shutdown in sight before Dems take House

WASHINGTON — It’s looking increasingly like the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year — the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and Democrats — as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power. Now nearly a week old, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No solution to shutdown in sight before Dems take House

WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

WASHINGTON  — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. House lawmakers are being told not to expect further votes this week, all but ensuring the shutdown will enter a second week and stretch toward the new year. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

WASHINGTON | USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady … Continue reading WASHINGTON | USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

WASHINGTON | Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment

WASHINGTON  — Senate Democrats have spent nearly a year on a report that addresses harassment and discrimination in the American workplace, and now they’re released their findings. Among their recommendations are strengthening workers’ rights to join unions and extending the statute of limitations to bring harassment claims. The report proposes expanding federal protections to include … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment

WASHINGTON | Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

WASHINGTON — Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The bill passed both chambers and holds lawmakers, including those who leave office, financially liable for settlements resulting from harassment and retaliation. There … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

WASHINGTON | Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

WASHINGTON  — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid. The House voted 369-47 for the legislation, which sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years, after the Senate approved it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

WASHINGTON | House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It does … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON | Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

WASHINGTON  — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it to President Donald Trump for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

WASHINGTON | Farm-bill deal scraps new work requirements for food stamps

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal on the multi-billion dollar farm bill would scrap new work requirements for some older food stamp recipients — rejecting a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump. Lawmakers expect to vote next week on the tentative deal, announced Thursday by House and Senate negotiators. Democrats and many Senate … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Farm-bill deal scraps new work requirements for food stamps

WASHINGTON | Senate, House reach deal on long-awaited farm bill

WASHINGTON  — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks. The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. Lawmakers expect to vote on the bill next week. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate, House reach deal on long-awaited farm bill

WASHINGTON | Memos to Nobody: Inside the work of a neglected fed agency

WASHINGTON — Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning and unlocks the door to his office suite. He switches on the lights and the TV news, brews a pot of coffee and pulls out the first files of the day to review. For the next eight hours or so, he reads through federal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Memos to Nobody: Inside the work of a neglected fed agency

WASHINGTON | Forest Service chief vows to end sexual harassment at agency

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service’s new chief is pledging to rid the agency of sexual harassment and discrimination amid fresh revelations of misconduct within its ranks. Vicki Christiansen acknowledged to a congressional panel on Thursday that the Forest Service is in need of a culture change. She pledged to enact new systems and overhaul … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Forest Service chief vows to end sexual harassment at agency

WASHINGTON | Watchdog reviewing plan to relocate key USDA office

WASHINGTON— The USDA’s internal watchdog will examine the agency’s plan to restructure its top independent research office and move it out of the District of Columbia, actions some lawmakers and staff fear could leave research on contentious issues like climate change and the social safety net vulnerable to political pressures. The agency’s inspector general will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Watchdog reviewing plan to relocate key USDA office

WASHINGTON  | House Democrats promise action on LGBTQ rights bill

WASHINGTON  — House Democrats are promising next year to prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would for the first time establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said she would introduce the Equality Act as one of her first orders of business if Democrats retake the House in November. The bill … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | House Democrats promise action on LGBTQ rights bill

WASHINGTON | Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC

WASHINGTON  — After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday. More than 2,000 people gathered at the Episcopal cathedral, the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC

WASHINGTON | Some farmers worry Trump’s bailout checks won’t be enough

WASHINGTON— Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t be enough. And while support for Trump is near unwavering in the heartland, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Some farmers worry Trump’s bailout checks won’t be enough

WASHINGTON | As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough

WASHINGTON — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t be enough. And while support for Trump is near unwavering in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough

WASHINGTON | Judge upholds delay of anti-segregation housing rule

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has upheld a decision by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay an Obama-era anti-discrimination rule. Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by a group of civil rights organizations challenging HUD’s delay … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge upholds delay of anti-segregation housing rule