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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Nevada Current. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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States question whether new federal relief law rules out tax cuts

By: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic relief law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package […]

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Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1

By: - March 12, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, according to a White House memo ahead of his first primetime address Thursday evening. Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the vaccine by the end […]

Congress clears giant $1.9T emergency relief package for Biden’s signature

By: - March 10, 2021

A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of expanded unemployment checks to assist people […]

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CDC: It’s OK for vaccinated grandparents to visit family if no risk for severe disease

By: - March 8, 2021

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely socialize inside with other vaccinated individuals without wearing masks or maintaining distance, federal health officials advised Monday in their first formal guidance for vaccinated Americans. Perhaps more critically at a time when more than 90% of Americans are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, the Centers for […]

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State and local aid gets trimmed as Senate takes up relief bill

By: - March 4, 2021

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, after drafting a number of revisions that, among other changes, tweak the aid intended for state and local governments. The legislation approved in the House outlines $350 billion in direct aid to state, local governments, territories and tribes. Of […]

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Senate panel advances Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

By: - March 4, 2021

Deb Haaland has moved a step closer to becoming the first Native American to serve as a federal Cabinet secretary, with a Senate committee on Thursday advancing her nomination to lead the Department of the Interior. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 11-9 to send her nomination to a vote by the full […]

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Feds ship out COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storms

By: - February 22, 2021

White House officials said Monday that thawing temperatures and a weekend of around-the-clock work has begun to clear a backlog of 6 million COVID-19 vaccines that were delayed due to last week’s devastating winter storms. On Monday, 7 million doses were set for delivery across the country, a figure that includes both delayed vaccine doses […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

By: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by […]

Census delay in releasing population data throws states into chaos

By: - February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available. The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this […]

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House yanks Greene’s committee posts; Amodei blasts Dem ‘hypocrisy’

By: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House in an extraordinary move voted Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, citing a series of violent, anti-Semitic comments and social media posts she made before being elected to Congress in November. The 230-199 vote — with 11 Republicans joining with Democrats in support — came […]

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Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments

By: - January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Amid frustrations at the slow pace of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, President Joe Biden says his administration is boosting the number of doses sent to states each week and will be giving state officials more certainty on the number of doses they can expect in future shipments. Starting next week, a minimum […]

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With nation’s lowest vaccination rate, Nevada relying on Biden COVID plans

By: - January 25, 2021

At least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 129,223 Nevadans as of  Monday morning. That’s 4,195 doses per 100,000 Nevadans, the lowest vaccination rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control COVID Data Tracker. President Joe Biden’s first policy focus is overhauling the disjointed federal response to the […]