Author: Katie King (Katie King)

‘We’re in a race against death’: South Bay legislator backs COVID-19 relief bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Calling it a “moral and economic duty,” a South Bay lawmaker is urging Congress to support an emergency legislation package that would provide $160 billion for public health efforts to fight against COVID-19. Among other provisions, the American Rescue Plan would direct $10 billion to expand the domestic manufacturing of personal protective...

Silicon Valley legislator blames social media for role in U.S. Capitol attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Finger pointing began before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol even ended. Many faulted then-President Donald Trump for riling up the mob and making baseless claims about election fraud. Some criticized security officials for failing to secure the Capitol, or accused the media of divisive reporting that pushed Trump supporters...

Silicon Valley congressional delegation votes to impeach president

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Moments before voting to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time, Rep. Zoe Lofgren explained there was no need for a long investigation into whether the president had incited an insurrection. The San Jose Democrat, who spoke Wednesday from the House floor, said the president blatantly motivated right-wing terrorists to attack...

San Jose congressmember recounts terrifying attack on Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C — Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren first realized lawmakers could be in danger as she watched security at the U.S. Capitol whisk House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to safety on Wednesday afternoon. It was no surprise thousands of Trump supporters had descended on Washington D.C. in the hopes of overturning the presidential election. They had discussed...

Trump signs COVID-19 stimulus package; South Bay nonprofits weigh-in

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After threatening to blow up a deal that provides relief to struggling Americans, President Donald Trump on Sunday signed a major coronavirus stimulus package along with an annual spending bill. The move avoids a government shutdown before a Monday night deadline. “I applaud President Trump’s decision to get hundreds of billions of...

Congress reaches deal on new COVID-19 relief bill as cases soar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of failed negotiations, Congress reached a deal Sunday on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package. The bill is expected to pass Monday. “At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor. With the coronavirus pandemic accelerating, Congress...

Witnesses warn Congress a chaotic presidential transition leaves nation vulnerable

WASHINGTON, D.C —  Amid a chaotic presidential transition, political experts are warning Congress that a smooth transfer of power is vital for national security. At a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday, Lisa Brown told legislators the presidential transition is a vulnerable time for the United States. Errors and oversights are more likely to occur during...

Congress considering $908 billion COVID-19 relief package

WASHINGTON, D.C — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal this week as millions of Americans continue to grapple with the ramifications of the pandemic. Among other provisions, the plan designates approximately $288 billion for small businesses and $160 billion for local and state governments. It would also provide a...