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Major scientific and technological investment sought to better compete against China

Jun 9, 2021
U.S. government funding for even basic research has been in decline for decades.
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When will we see the next round of stimulus checks?

Mar 8, 2021
If the bill becomes law, you’ll probably start seeing the payments show up in bank accounts within a couple weeks.
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Senate Democrats may drop backup plan to raise minimum wage

It’s now unclear whether the final bill will include a minimum wage hike.
The House passed a COVID relief bill over the weekend that does include a provision for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Senate approves budget resolution, key step in passing Biden's COVID plan

Feb 5, 2021
The action came after an all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the eventual bill.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., (left) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a press conference at the Capitol on Feb. 2, 2021 in Washington.
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A Democratic Senate could mean big economic policy changes

Jan 7, 2021
A unified Democratic government might approve more stimulus, aid to states and tax hikes to fund health, education and green energy.
Jon Ossoff, left, and Raphael Warnock campaign with President-elect Joe Biden in Atlanta. With the victories of Ossoff and Warnock, Democrats will control the Senate.
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Bigger relief deal in a Democrat-led Senate is a "safe bet"

Jan 6, 2021
Two economists weigh in on what a Democrat-led Senate might mean for a stimulus package.
Democratic Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, former Georgia legislator Stacey Abrams and Democratic Sen.-elect Jon Ossoff listen to President-elect Joe Biden speak during a campaign rally in Atlanta.
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Who donated to Georgia runoff campaigns?

Most of the money from Wall Street went to Republican PACs.
Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised the most money in direct donations to candidates so far, according to the latest Federal Election Commission reports.
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How should we spend future pandemic relief money?

Dec 2, 2020
Economic recovery could take a range of different approaches. Check out these three experts' ideas.
Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, hands a poster describing a proposal for a COVID-19 relief bill to Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, alongside a bipartisan group of Democrat and Republican members of Congress as they announce the proposal on Dec. 1, 2020.
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With a divided government likely, chances of a big economic relief plan wane

Nov 4, 2020
As the pandemic continues, it may fall to the Federal Reserve to find more ways to boost the economy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in July. A divided government will make it harder to pass COVID-19 relief, which has already been a challenge for politicians.
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