Unpacking the $1.7 trillion federal spending bill
Dec 27, 2022

Unpacking the $1.7 trillion federal spending bill

Today, we'll look at two components of the bill: a funding advance for the Indian Health Service and a bundle of retirement savings reforms.

Segments From this episode

Native American advocates welcome advance funding for Indian Health Service

Dec 27, 2022
The agency reduced care offerings during government shutdowns. Advance appropriations would provide a funding bridge when necessary.
Early funding for the Indian Health Service could help clinics serving Native populations prepare for health emergencies. Above, a community bulletin board with COVID-19 information in the To’Hajiilee Indian Reservation in New Mexico, May 2020.
Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Reforms in latest spending bill could help close gender gap in retirement savings

Dec 27, 2022
The SECURE Act 2.0 aims to help part-time and lower-wage workers — categories where women are overrepresented — save for retirement.
Because women typically generally earn less over their lifetimes, it can be more difficult for them to save for retirement, says economist Betsey Stevenson.
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After a holiday marked by power failures, what's being done to ensure the lights stay on?

Dec 27, 2022
Experts say the country needs more transmission lines to move power from where it’s being generated to where it’s needed.
A sign for a closed bar in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 24. Millions spent the holidays without power due to extreme cold.
Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Many low-income parents still struggle to find baby formula, even as production rebounds

More than 80% of infants consume formula in their first year. Though supply has improved since the crisis in May, some areas are seeing shortages.
A customer shops for formula at a Walmart in July. "There are certain stores at certain times in certain areas that will be out of stock still," said The 19th's Mariel Padilla.
Brandon Bell/Getty Images

University looks to self-driving shuttles to transport students

Dec 27, 2022
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is piloting autonomous transit with vehicles in a project that could take students to and from the historically Black university to downtown Greensboro by the fall.
Four shuttles that will transport students are just part of the NC Transportation Center of Excellence on Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology (NC-CAV) fleet.
Cole delCharco

Biotech sector still hot despite cooling economy

Dec 27, 2022
The pandemic led to an explosion of interest in and funding of biotech. That continues even as many sectors slow and recession fears grow.
A sign on Oyster Point Boulevard calls South San Francisco the birthplace of biotech.
Beth LaBerge/KQED

Music from the episode

Headlines DJ Premier
Degrees of Light Taylor McFerrin
Root Juice Chris Joss
Simple Step Vulfpeck
Turnmills Maribou State

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer