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August, 2020

  • 13 August

    Washington Legislators Began Recess Without Reaching COVID Stimulus Package

    -Editorial Congress and the White House again made no progress toward a coronavirus relief agreement as financial lifelines for Americans continue to expire. It could take weeks more for lawmakers to even agree on another aid package as no talks are scheduled and 2020 political conventions will consume the major parties …

  • 10 August

    REPS. VARGAS, DAVIS, PETERS, RUIZ, AND LEVIN INTRODUCE BORDER WATER QUALITY RESTORATION AND PROTECTION ACT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Washington, D.C.– Last Friday, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), along with Reps. Davis (CA-53), Peters (CA-52), Ruiz (CA-36), and Levin (CA-49), introduced the Border Water Quality Restoration and Protection Act of 2020, a companion bill to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation introduced on July 29, 2020. The legislation will address pollution …

  • 8 August

    President Trump signs orders to extend unemployment benefits

    -Editorial President Donald Trump signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed this week in Washington D.C. Trump announced the payroll tax cut would apply to those earning less than $100,000 a year. Extra aid for …

  • 4 August

    Federal Stimulus Legislation Close to a Deal

    -Editorial Mitch McConnell said he is “prepared to support” a coronavirus relief agreement when Democrats and the White House reach one. The sides appear to have moved toward a consensus on small business aid and stimulus checks but remain divided over unemployment insurance, aid to state and local governments, and …

  • 3 August

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Buys The XFL

    -Editorial Dwayne Johnson with Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital to purchase the XFL for $15 million Monday. Vince McMahon’s football league filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the inaugural season of the upstart’s return. Johnson, an actor, and professional wrestler played college football at the University of …

July, 2020

  • 31 July

    No Deal Reached On Unemployment Benefit Extension

    -Editorial The White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis. Democratic leaders panned the idea …

  • 31 July

    USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

    WASHINGTON—Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services. Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee funded. Fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund nearly …

  • 28 July

    Republicans Unveil New Stimulus Package

    -Editorial The Republican-led Senate calls its $1 trillion bill the Health Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. This comes several weeks after the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed its $3 trillion relief plan called the HEROES Act. “Just like in March, with the CARES Act, Senate Republicans have …

  • 25 July

    U.S. Senate to Unveil New Stimulus Package

    -Editorial The second stimulus package has been agreed upon in the Senate and will be included in the government’s next economic aid package. This could mean a second round of $1,200 direct payments is on the way. Republican leaders have confirmed stimulus check 2 is included in the upcoming stimulus …

  • 20 July

    Colombian Movie to Debut in The United States

    -Editorial Days of the Whale (Los días de la Ballena), the auspicious debut feature by Colombian writer-director Catalina Arroyave, will have its U.S. Virtual Cinema Premiere beginning Friday, July 24, 2020. Set in the city of Medellín, Colombia’s second-largest city, Days of the Whale follows Cristina (Laura Tobón) and Simon …

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