Biden’s $1.5T 2022 budget includes 16 percent domestic spending boost

By Caitlin Emma04/09/2021 11:00 AM EDT Updated: 04/09/2021 02:55 PM EDT President Joe Biden’s first budget calls for massive boosts to low-income schools, public health programs and fighting climate change, plus a slight Pentagon funding bump that is unlikely to fly with many in Congress. The request unveiled by the White House on Friday asks Congress to […]

Biden seeks 14 percent funding boost for DOL in FY 2022

By Rebecca Rainey 04/09/2021 11:00 AM EDT President Joe Biden wants to give the Labor Department $14.2 billion in funding as part of his 2022 budget request, a 14 percent boost from the previous year. In total, Biden is requesting an additional $1.7 billion for DOL, which includes increased funding for the agency’s enforcement arms as […]

California workplace safety chief to be tapped to lead OSHA

By Rebecca Rainey , Eleanor Mueller04/09/2021 02:41 PM EDT Updated: 04/09/2021 04:21 PM EDT President Joe Biden will nominate California’s workplace safety chief, Doug Parker, to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the White House said Friday. The role has taken on outsize importance amid the pandemic and as the administration is weighing whether […]

Judge sets up ruling on Dakota Access shutdown for late April

By Alex Guillén , Ben Lefebvre 04/09/2021 03:09 PM EDT A federal judge on Friday said he plans to decide as soon as late April whether to order the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down as it undergoes a new environmental analysis. Details: Justice Department attorney Ben Schifman on Friday told Judge James Boasberg of […]

CDC declares racism ’a serious public health threat’

By Benjamin Din 04/08/2021 06:41 PM EDT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday labeled racism as a serious threat to public health and said it would take steps to address the matter. “What we know is this: racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of […]

GOP tax writers concerned about Biden’s approach to global tax talks

By Bernie Becker 04/08/2021 06:49 PM EDT Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said Thursday that they were worried about how the Biden administration was handling global tax negotiations and requested a briefing from the Treasury Department about the talks. “We are concerned that the OECD changes could directly reduce U.S. tax revenues […]

New friction felt over Planned Parenthood giving Covid shots

By Alice Miranda Ollstein 04/08/2021 05:00 AM EDT A new effort by Planned Parenthood to distribute Covid vaccines to underserved communities is reviving tensions with anti- abortion forces that have long protested the reproductive health group’s involvement in the pandemic response. Planned Parenthood is partnering with five states, including New York and California, to give […]

Parents want in-person classes. Summer school? Not so much.

By Juan Perez Jr. 04/08/2021 05:24 PM EDT A large majority of American parents say they want children learning in person next school year, according to a new poll from POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. And many parents want teachers to be vaccinated before returning to work and tend to side with […]