Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D-CA), member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, pressed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today for answers regarding major misallocations of portions of the $175 billion authorized in relief packages intended for hospitals and other health care providers to cover COVID-19 care and lost revenue from procedures postponed by the pandemic.
Washington, D.C. – With serious food insecurity challenges in San Antonio and across the country, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-San Antonio), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, called for the Trump Administration to cancel the $39 million USDA food box contract awarded to a local vendor without relevant experience and pressed USDA for answers on how vendors were chosen nationwide. The details of this local contract were revealed in a series of investigative pieces by Tom Orsborn from the San Antonio Express-News, as well as an editorial from the paper calling for an investigation.
May 25, 2020
HONG KONG—With his plan to impose sweeping antisedition legislation on Hong Kong, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has revealed a willingness to alter the onetime British colony’s special status as a self-governing city with a speed and scope that has surprised many, from pro-democracy activists to diplomats to businesspeople.
May 20, 2020
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he was elated by U.S. District Court Judge Fred Biery’s ruling Tuesday that all voters in Texas qualify for a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 18, 2020
Alexis Wong, a Hong Kong-based trader who’s been exporting medical masks since the early days of the covid-19 crisis, says the business brings out every species of crook. But she likes to joke that the market for the iconic N95 mask is in perfect balance.
House Democrats passed a largely symbolic bill on May 15 rolling back two controversial tax provisions that had been slipped into the CARES Act, the $2 trillion stimulus law that Congress passed in March with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. The two tax provisions, which remove caps on individuals' and businesses' ability to write off net operating losses, are expected to deliver a $160 billion windfall to the wealthiest Americans, disproportionately benefiting hedge fund and real estate investors.
May 18, 2020
Gilead Sciences, the drug company behind the experimental Covid-19 therapy remdesivir, has upped the number of doses it’s donating to the federal government from 607,000 to around 940,000, STAT has learned.
President Trump’s top economic adviser said Friday that the White House is exploring a massive tax cut for corporations if they bring their supply chains from overseas to the U.S., a politically explosive suggestion that could reshape negotiations with Congress over the next stimulus package.
There’s a tension at the heart of all of the plans to reopen the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: The economy needs Americans to get back to work, but workplaces need employees and customers to feel that coming back won’t endanger their health or their lives.
May 13, 2020
The chairman of a key congressional health subcommittee is demanding to see the formula used by the federal government to ration remdesivir, an experimental drug shown to speed the recovery of coronavirus patients.