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Will Congress give a gift to givers?

Politics | Some lawmakers push tax relief for charitable giving to shore up nonprofit groups
by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/14/20, 06:12 pm

About 60 percent of the formerly homeless men and women served by Homestretch in Falls Church, Va., lost their jobs as the coronavirus spread through the area. One single mother of four children survived domestic violence, got a job at a pizza parlor, earned a promotion to manager, and began taking business management classes. But when the pandemic struck, she lost it all, according to Chris Fay, the ministry’s executive director.

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Cities, states beg for bailouts

Politics | Republicans in Washington hesitate to write blank checks to struggling governments
by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/07/20, 07:00 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has unified Congress in a way few other things have. The first three economic aid bills sailed through both chambers with huge majorities.

But the gulf between parties began to reopen during negotiations for a fourth supplemental package to replenish small business aid. Now Republicans and Democrats appear poised to resume an all-out war as a fifth COVID-19 legislative effort gets underway on Capitol Hill.

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Pandemic grounds fiscal hawks

Politics | Lawmakers barely flinch at the mountain of debt the United States is accruing
by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/30/20, 05:28 pm

Ten years ago, the tea party wave of 2010 helped Republicans recapture the U.S. House of Representatives in sweeping fashion. The GOP picked up 63 seats with a simple message: Government spending is out of control, and we’ll put a stop to it.

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