House approves stopgap spending measure to avert shutdown

By Sarah Ferris , Caitlin Emma , Heather Caygle09/22/2020 11:38 AM EDT Updated: 09/22/2020 09:01 PM EDT The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to extend federal funding through Dec. 11, while punting the threat of a government shutdown until after the presidential election. The bipartisan vote comes hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven […]

Senate confirms Democratic EEOC Commissioner, restoring full panel

By Rebecca Rainey 09/23/2020 06:00 PM EDT The Senate on Wednesday voted 54-42 to confirm Jocelyn Samuels to serve as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The upper chamber’s confirmation of Samuels for a Democratic seat, following the approval of two GOP EEOC nominees on Tuesday, means the agency will have a full […]

Trump preparing executive orders on health care this week

By Susannah Luthi , Daniel Lippman , Dan Diamond 09/22/2020 02:51 PM EDT Updated: 09/22/2020 03:03 PM EDT President Donald Trump is planning to announce a series of executive actions on health care as soon as Thursday, as he tries to shore up his record on an issue that’s been a drag on his reelection […]

Newsom bans new gas cars — and begs Trump for a fight

By Colby Bermel , Carla Marinucci , Alex Guillén09/23/2020 01:36 PM EDT Updated: 09/23/2020 09:24 PM EDT SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state Wednesday to ban new gas vehicles within 15 years, a rebuke to President Donald Trump and other federal leaders already challenging the state’s strict fuel economy rules. Newsom made […]

U.S. Forest Service closes all 18 California national forests due to wildfire risks

By Colby Bermel 09/09/2020 06:11 PM EDT All 18 national forests in California will be closed starting at 5 p.m. PT, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. Impact: The announcement came as catastrophic wildfires continue to burn in national forests and state parks in California, with the destruction totaling 2.5 million scorched acres, 3,700 destroyed buildings […]

Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

By Kyle Cheney 09/14/2020 04:03 PM EDT The Postal Service last month abruptly ordered its police officers to stop investigating mail theft that occurs away from post office property, the Postal Police Officers Association alleged Monday, suing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to block a change they say could erode the safety of mail carriers and […]

Education and Labor Committee subpoenas NLRB

By Rebecca Rainey 09/15/2020 03:03 PM EDT House Democrats are subpoenaing the National Labor Relations Board for documents related to alleged conflicts of interest in an unfair labor practice case involving McDonald’s, the latest escalation in a 18-month ethics dispute. The House Education and Labor Committee was to issue a subpoena Tuesday seeking documents from […]

Clean energy sector jobs show ‘anemic’ rebound in August

Kelsey Tamborrino 09/14/2020 10:42 AM EDT The clean energy sector posted only modest jobs gains in August, according to a new report, leaving nearly 500,000 people in the industry out of work because of the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The details: The U.S. clean energy sector added 13,556 jobs in August, according to an analysis […]

Feds, California strikes $1.5B deal with Daimler over emissions allegations

By Alex Guillén 09/14/2020 03:50 PM EDT German automaker Daimler will pay a total of $1.5 billion to settle allegations lodged by the federal government and California regarding its emissions cheating on more than a quarter-million vehicles sold in the U.S. The settlement makes Daimler the latest automaker to agree to major penalties over unlawful […]