State and Federal Relations

House Passes $1.9 Trillion Covid Response Bill

The legislation includes $350 billion in direct aid for state, local, and tribal and territorial governments.

Feds Up Share of FEMA Grants That Must Be Spent on Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security is also evaluating the possibility of a new grant program to help states and localities fund cybersecurity upgrades.

Republicans Grill Interior Nominee Over Potential Energy Job Losses

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland sought to downplay her previous statements against fracking and drilling, while also reiterating that the Biden administration is committed to shifting toward clean energy.

The Window for D.C. Statehood Won’t Be Open Forever

But Democrats are taking their time weighing their next move.

‘Indian Country’ Is Excited about the First Native American Secretary of the Interior – and the Promise She Has for Addressing Issues of Importance to All Americans

COMMENTARY | U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland's record shows she is committed to making progress on larger challenges that affect all Americans, like climate, environmental protection, public lands and natural resource management.

Biden Seeks to Squelch Trump Immigration Deals with States

The agreements, struck in the final days of the Trump administration, promised a six months’ heads-up on federal immigration policy changes.

Biden Administration to Ship Covid Vaccine to Community Health Centers

The White House also announced it will increase the weekly allocation of coronavirus vaccines to 11 million doses.

States to Recoup More Covid Costs From Feds Under Biden Reimbursement Plan

President Biden ordered FEMA to issue retroactive reimbursements to states for National Guard deployments and other costs brought on by the pandemic.

Automakers Drop Opposition to California’s Vehicle Emissions Authority

President Biden has directed federal agencies to reconsider fuel efficiency and emissions standards set during the Trump administration and automakers said they hope to work with the White House on the new rules.

States Reallocating Covid Vaccines from Federal Nursing Home Program

Health officials from five states told members of a House panel on Tuesday that flexibility allocating doses has been helpful, but that vaccine deliveries are still falling short of demand.

The Return of the Regulators

Like them or revile them, federal agencies seem poised to regain some of their traditional powers under the new administration. But it’s not clear how far President Biden wants them to go.

Republicans Leave Direct State and Local Aid Out of Scaled-Down Covid Relief Pitch to Biden

President Biden met Monday evening with 10 GOP lawmakers backing the $618 billion proposal.

HUD Nominee Wants to Ensure Housing Crisis Doesn’t Worsen During Pandemic

Senators heard from U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge on Thursday, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She pledged to head off evictions and reduce discrimination in housing.

Biden Announces Covid Vaccine Surge to States

States will see more doses of the vaccine beginning next week and greater transparency about future shipments under the administration’s plan.

How Biden Plans to Beat Republican Obstructionism

History suggests that Joe Biden and the Democrats are going to have a tough two years and a disaster in the midterms. Here’s their plan to avoid that.

Liaisons to Each State, Full National Guard Reimbursement Are Part of Biden's Virus Response Plan

On his second day in office, President Joe Biden outlined a wide-ranging coronavirus response strategy, shifting toward a more national approach than the Trump administration's.

Buttigieg Emphasizes He’ll Bring Local Perspective to Top Transportation Job

Transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor, received a favorable hearing before the Senate committee considering his nomination.

Biden Moves to Rejoin Paris Climate Pact, Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

After he was sworn into office on Wednesday, President Biden signed a slate of executive actions, including measures to begin reversing Trump era environmental policies.

The Pandemic is Hurting Child Care. Parents are Paying the Price.

About 700,000 parents left their jobs to care for their kids after child care centers closed, according to a recent analysis.