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Jane Norman

Jane Norman

As the Washington Bureau Chief of States Newsroom, Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories. Jane is a veteran of more than three decades in journalism.

While pharmaceutical companies have argued against Medicare price negotiation, saying it would harm research and development of new drugs and innovation, polling has found strong public support. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

How Medicare prescription drug coverage would change under U.S. Senate Democrats’ bill

By: - August 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A major spending bill from U.S. Senate Democrats would allow Medicare for the first time in its history to begin negotiating the prices of certain high-priced prescription drugs — a proposal that’s been around for years but has never come so close to the finish line. Under the legislation, Medicare would start negotiating […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 on July 27, 2022, in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Biden’s doctor announced Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will return to in-person work. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

By: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released […]

COVID-19 vaccine is stored at -80 degrees Celsius on Dec. 18, 2020, in the pharmacy at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

By: and - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A suit challenging the mandate was led on behalf of multiple states by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, and U.S. Judge Terry Doughty granted the […]

How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR

By: and - August 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate this week passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in U.S. health, education, climate and tax policies. The two measures are roped to each other, reflecting Democrats’ strategy to pass what could be bipartisan with Republicans — […]

Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

By: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West.” Biden at a White House FEMA briefing also sharply criticized the low salaries paid to federal wildland firefighters. “There’s an […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

By: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names — Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at […]

Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

By: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run […]

Feds ramp up emergency help for Kansas, other states hit by extreme weather

By: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — White House officials said Thursday they have been in close touch with governors in storm-stricken states, including Kansas, to extend emergency assistance — and they stressed the role of climate change in the weather crisis that has gripped large swaths of the nation. “The extreme weather events that we’re experiencing this week across […]

President-elect Joe Biden receives the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from chief nurse executive Ric Cuming on Jan. 11 at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here’s what Biden plans to do on his first day as president

By: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions and laying out new policies of his own. “These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s […]

OPINION

Our home was attacked Wednesday. It may never be the same.

By: - January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Many of us in our working lives have places away from the office that feel like a second home. It could be a back room at a business, a warehouse, a barn, even the front seat of a car. For me, that place for years was the U.S. Capitol. Thousands of people’s lives […]

Trump to stay ‘the next few days’ at military hospital for COVID-19 treatment

By: , and - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland late Friday afternoon, where White House officials said he is expected to stay for “the next few days” for treatment of COVID-19. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany described Trump, who disclosed his diagnosis earlier Friday, as having […]