Your Week in Politics

Get a recap on this week’s political highlights.


Shane Coolbaugh, Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate passed a revised COVID relief bill over the weekend, which is headed back to the House for a vote today.

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The bill is not expected to receive any Republican support. The revised bill includes an extension of the expanded unemployment benefits through September 6. The weekly amount will remain at $300, not the $400 Democrats originally proposed. The bill also includes an expansion on the child tax credit, rental and utility assistance, state, local, and tribal government relief, and $1400 stimulus payments to Americans. President Biden previously said he is confident that the direct payments will start hitting bank accounts this month.

Pennsylvania will receive roughly $13 billion from the COVID relief package.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office, the state government will get $7.3 billion, with the other $5.7 billion going to local governments.

Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

He will seek the Republican Party’s nomination, hoping to replace current U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa, who announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election.

Governor Wolf announced last Wednesday that Pennsylvania will begin deploying its National Guard and dedicate its supply of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccines to inoculate school employees and child care workers.