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Climate change lets mosquitoes flourish - and feast - in Los Angeles

September 19, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - Many try and fail to make it in L.A.

In Los Angeles, price for admission at nation's second-largest school district is a negative covid test - every single week

August 29, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - As hundreds of thousands of kids return to class in the nation's second-largest school district, they're participating in what amounts to a massive public health ...

California's 'Cantaloupe Center' struggles to reign supreme as drought pummels agriculture across the West

August 27, 2021 |

Erica Werner and Laura Reiley, The Washington Post MENDOTA, Calif. - This small town in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley advertises itself as the "Cantaloupe Center of the World."

With new vaccine and mask requirements, businesses scramble to respond to delta variant and shifting health guidance

August 1, 2021 |

Abha Bhattarai and Erica Werner, The Washington Post Stunned business executives are struggling to adjust to the rapidly shifting environment caused by covid-19′s delta variant, rocked by a cascade of evolving ...

Amid dangerous heat wave, Death Valley closes in on record-high temperatures

July 11, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Several dozen heat enthusiasts crowded around a large digital thermometer outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on Saturday afternoon, convinced they ...

Southern California cities rebel against new mask mandate, hinting at delta variant drama to come

July 22, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post PASADENA, Calif. - Los Angeles County's new mask mandate is infuriating officials in the sprawling region, leading to angry denunciations as some irate local leaders demand ...

Los Angeles County prepares to crack down as peacocks - yes, peacocks - ruffle feathers

June 6, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post PASADENA, Calif. - Southern California faces innumerable challenges, from wildfires to homelessness to drought.

House Democrats vow new effort on economic aid as 117th Congress begins

January 4, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - House Democrats vowed Monday to renew efforts on economic assistance - including state and local aid and potentially $2,000 checks to individuals - in the 117th Congress that is now getting underway.

Biden is open to mandating paid family leave in future legislation, Yellen says

February 7, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is open to a national mandate for paid family leave and child care as the administration begins to develop a massive infrastructure and jobs ...

Biden $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill nears finish line in Congress

March 9, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The House is poised to approve a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday and send it to President Joe Biden to sign, a major early legislative ...

15-hour 'vote-a-rama' got Senate Democrats closer to a relief bill. Yet much of the night was anything but.

February 5, 2021 |

Rachel Siegel, Yeganeh Torbati and Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - After a 15-hour stretch that kept lawmakers on the Senate floor until the wee hours of Friday morning, Democrats moved one step ...

What's in the Senate's $1.9 trillion covid bill? Checks, unemployment insurance and more.

March 5, 2021 |

. - - - The Washington Post's Jeff Stein, Erica Werner and Tony Romm contributed to this report.

Georgia certifies Ossoff, Warnock victories

January 19, 2021 |

Amy Gardner and Erica Werner, The Washington Post Georgia election officials on Tuesday certified the victories of two Democrats who won in the state's hard-fought U.S.

Schumer: Senate to move forward on $1.9 trillion covid bill and 'We'll have the votes'

March 2, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Senate will move forward as soon as Wednesday on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill ...

Focus on fate of $15 minimum wage in Senate as House prepares to take up Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill

February 24, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Lawmakers were awaiting a key ruling from Senate officials Wednesday on whether President Joe Biden's proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage can remain in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

Biden's aid programs help buttress McCarthy's district despite GOP leader's complaints about 'socialist' spending

May 18, 2021 |

Erica Werner, Andrew Van Dam and Yeganeh Torbati, The Washington Post BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has spent months accusing President Joe Biden of pushing excessive ...

Biden urges Senate Democrats to go big on his relief package, warns against smaller plan

February 2, 2021 |

Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden urged Senate Democrats on Tuesday to go big on coronavirus relief, making an aggressive case in favor of his $1.9 ...

Biden says he's willing to negotiate parameters of covid-19 deal, but 'time is of the essence'

January 25, 2021 |

Erica Werner and Jeff Stein, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said Monday he's open to negotiations on his $1.9 trillion covid relief proposal - including on the structure of a new round of ...

Congressional Republicans balk at Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan, complicating push for quick passage

January 15, 2021 |

Jeff Stein and Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - A growing number of congressional Republicans are expressing opposition to President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief proposal, ...

What's in Congress' $1.9 trillion covid bill: Checks, unemployment insurance and more

March 10, 2021 |

. - - - The Washington Post's Jeff Stein, Erica Werner and Tony Romm contributed to this report.

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