Kevin Freking

Government

Democrats Unveil Spending Bill to Finance Government Through Dec. 16

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, shakes hands with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), right. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, shakes hands with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), right, while speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill in 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a stopgap spending measure to finance the federal government through Dec. 16, provide additional support to Ukraine and help communities respond to recent natural disasters.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Semiconductor Bill Unites Sanders, the Right — in Opposition

Technicians inspect a piece of equipment at a Micron Technology automotive chip manufacturing plant Technicians inspect a piece of equipment at a Micron Technology automotive chip manufacturing plant in Manassas, Va. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — A bill to boost semiconductor production in the United States has managed to do nearly the unthinkable — unite the democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and the fiscally conservative right.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
July 25, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Congress Seeks Compromise to Boost Computer Chip Industry

computer chip A 300-millimeter wafer used for semiconductor research. (Olivier Matthys/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A global computer chip shortage has made it harder for consumers to get their hands on cars, computers and other modern-day necessities, so Congress is looking to boost chip manufacturing and research in the United States with billions of dollars from the federal government.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
April 18, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Resolution Rejects Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers

The Senate side of the U.S. Capitol The Senate side of the U.S. Capitol. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Senate narrowly approved a resolution Dec. 8 to nullify the Biden administration’s requirement that businesses with 100 or more workers have their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
December 8, 2021
Government

House Sends Debt Limit Hike to Biden, Staving Off Default

Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.) looks over the final version of the bill to increase the debt limit Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.) looks over the final version of the bill to increase the debt limit. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Members of the House on Oct. 12 pushed through a short-term increase to the nation’s debt limit, ensuring the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December and temporarily averting an unprecedented default that would have decimated the economy.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
October 12, 2021
Government, Business

Senate Extends PPP Deadline by Two Months

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York holds a news conference. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York holds a news conference March 25. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Senate on March 25 passed a bill to extend the deadline for business owners to apply for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, giving applicants two more months to apply for federal aid. The vote was 92-7.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
March 25, 2021