Briefs

American Airlines to furlough nearly 1,200 St. Louis employees

BY: - February 8, 2021

American Airlines will furlough more than 1,100 employees who work in St. Louis as part of cutbacks nationally that will reduce the airline’s workforce by more than 13,000. Citing the continued issues surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on travel, the company said it would reduce its workforce at St. Louis Lambert International Airport by 1,173, […]

Biden advisers urge states to keep COVID-19 safety measures in place

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s COVID-19 advisers on Monday urged that states keep safety restrictions in place as new variants of the virus continue to spread. “We really need to keep all of the mitigation measures at play here if we’re really going to get control of this pandemic,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

St. Louis County Democrat launches bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

BY: - February 8, 2021

Scott Sifton, a former Democratic state senator from St. Louis County, officially launched a campaign on Monday to unseat GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Sifton, 46, is the first Democrat to join the campaign. He announced his intention in a web video that focused as much on Missouri’s other senator — Republican Josh Hawley — […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9T relief package despite GOP push for less

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene partly recants conspiracy theories, but fails to apologize

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ahead of an expected vote to remove U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee posts, the Georgia Republican walked back some of her most incendiary comments, saying she “was allowed to believe things that weren’t true.” In a 10-minute speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon, Greene offered an explanation for some […]

Biden EPA nominee fields GOP discontent on president’s climate change orders

BY: - February 4, 2021

Michael Regan would “follow the science and follow the law” if confirmed as EPA administrator, he told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a three-hour confirmation hearing Wednesday. President Joe Biden nominated Regan, who is currently the Secretary of Environmental Quality in North Carolina, for EPA administrator last month. Although Regan’s confirmation […]

Missouri House Speaker calls on indicted lawmaker to resign

BY: - February 3, 2021

A southwest Missouri lawmaker indicted on charges of medical fraud and improperly prescribing narcotics should resign her seat, House Speaker Rob Vescovo said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. Vescovo, R-Arnold, stripped state Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, of her committee assignments on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after she was named in a 20-count […]

Biden rolls back Trump policy on separation of migrant children from their parents

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday evening that will reverse controversial policies from the previous administration, including one that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Biden made it clear during the signing that he was not creating new immigration policies with the executive orders, but reversing […]

U.S. Senate Agriculture panel approves Vilsack as Ag secretary in bipartisan vote

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Tom Vilsack’s nomination to lead USDA, after a hearing in which Vilsack discussed climate change goals in farming, food insecurity, supply chain problems and inequalities faced by Black farmers. Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who also ran the Agriculture Department for eight years during the Obama […]

GOP senators score meeting with Biden to discuss more modest relief plan

BY: - February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill […]

Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of confirmation hearing

BY: - February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tom Vilsack, the president’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, will likely face questions about his treatment of Black farmers and his record on civil rights at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. President Joe Biden’s decision to tap the former Iowa governor, who also served as USDA chief […]

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - January 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect […]