Ohio governor’s science-based COVID-19 response wins bipartisan praise

Before a single case of COVID-19 had been reported in his state, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine began imposing sweeping restrictions. The mild-mannered Republican banned spectators from large-scale sporting events, and was the first governor in the nation to close public schools. Now, as Ohio begins to gradually reopen, public health experts say the governor’s swift actions likely helped the state avoid the fate of its northern neighbor, Michigan, or that of many East Coast hot spots. At a time when responses to the virus seem increasingly marked by partisanship, Governor DeWine’s apolitical, fact-based approach has earned him plaudits from both sides ... Read more

The Tragic Bipartisan War on Public Education

Public education was pummeled during the last recession, and never bounced back. States cut budgets for public schools drastically, and they never recovered. Even ten years after the worst of the financial crisis, state spending on public colleges and universities and even K-12 schools remained well below historic levels. And when the economy finally recovered, what we got instead of expanded budgets was the explosion of student debt in the college and university system and the rise of cost-saving charter schools in primary education. As we stare down another major recession, which by many accounts will be far worse than ... Read more

Bipartisan space launch legislation introduced

As we pass the 59th Anniversary of the first American human space flight launch that saw Alan Shepard pilot the famous Freedom 7 capsule as part of the Mercury program, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Florida) and Charlie Crist (D-Florida) introduced bipartisan legislation to build on that important legacy and keep America first in space. The American Space Commerce Act (H.R. 6783) supports American leadership in space by providing an incentive for American space firms to keep investing in America and launching from American soil. “Our domestic space launch industry is in our national security interest and America ... Read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s absence at House hearing earns bipartisan rebuke

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., participates in a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Rep. Rosa Delauro, D-Conn., chairs a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the coronavirus. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Dr. Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Security, testifies during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Former CDC Director Tom Frieden testifies on COVID-19 response. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo May 6 (UPI) — Democratic and Republican lawmakers on a House appropriations subcommittee rebuked the ... Read more

Trump responds to Bush’s call for bipartisan unity on coronavirus with tweets attacking his enemies

Amid rising confirmed coronavirus case counts, and a death toll that has begun to plateau, President Donald Trump spent much of Sunday lashing out at politicians, attacking the media, and bragging about his poll numbers. He also seemed to suggest Covid-19 is a cosmic or biblical force — and one that has already been stopped. Sunday morning, the president panned former President George W. Bush’s recent call for bipartisan unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing his predecessor should have spoken up on his behalf during Trump’s impeachment process. “Let us remember how small our differences are in ... Read more

Bipartisan Senators Propose Cutting U.S. Funding To China’s Wet Markets

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is awarding her April “Squeal Award” given to those facilitate the waste of taxpayer dollars, to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for purchasing animals in China’s wet markets. “Last year, we exposed how for years federal employees flew to China, purchased cats and puppies from wet markets, had them slaughtered, and brought their body parts back to the United States – in carry-on luggage – to feed to kittens in bizarre and wasteful multi-million-dollar experiments that have since been shut down by the Trump Administration,” said Justin Goodman, the vice president of the White Coat ... Read more

Senate panel backs assessment that Russia interfered in 2016

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday affirms the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a far-ranging influence campaign approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and aimed at helping Donald Trump win the White House. The report rejects Trump’s claims that the intelligence community was biased against him when it concluded that Russia had interfered on his behalf in the election. It says instead that intelligence officials had specific information that Russia preferred Trump in the election, that it sought to denigrate Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and that Putin had “approved and ... Read more

Bipartisan House Group Reaches Agreement on ‘Back to Work’ Plan To Reopen the Country: Report

News Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesRepublican Rep. Tom Reed of New York, center, shown with GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, left, and Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana during a 2018 news conference at the Capitol, is co-chairman of a bipartisan group seeking common ground on America’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) A new report indicates that a bipartisan group of House members has agreed upon a plan that can serve as the core of America’s roadmap for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fox News report said a group of 50 Congress members, dubbed ... Read more

Bipartisan senators propose $500 billion for states in next coronavirus bill

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Sunday proposed a $500 billion fund for state and local governments to be included Congress’ next coronavirus rescue package. Why it matters: The $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress last month provided direct payments to Americans and relief for small businesses, but did not include funds specifically intended to kickstart state economies that have been wiped out by the pandemic. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the respective chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors’ Association, have been vocal in demanding that Congress ... Read more

The coronavirus is threatening D.C.’s bipartisan China consensus

For more than two years, Republicans and Democrats have more or less agreed the U.S. needs a China policy that acknowledges Beijing’s hard authoritarian turn and the serious challenge China’s growing power presents to U.S. interests. Why it matters: The coronavirus crisis is threatening that consensus. The wedge driving Democrats and Republicans apart is concern about racism. Republicans believe China is to blame for the global pandemic, and they worry that Beijing’s propaganda campaign aims to erase the truth about China’s early cover-up. But Democrats say that emphasizing the coronavirus’ links to China inflames racism against Asian Americans and that ... Read more