Native American Tribes Sue U.S. Treasury to Stop Coronavirus Relief from Going to Corporations

Six Native American tribes––including the Tulalip Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Washington State. The Akiak Native Community, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, the Asa’carsarmiut Tribe of Alaska, and Maine’s Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians––have sued the United States Treasury Department to make sure coronavirus relief funds go directly to tribal governments and not Alaska Native corporations. read more

Congressional Body Finds Tax Changes in Coronavirus Bill Overwhelmingly Benefits Millionaires

A nonpartisan Congressional body has found that a tax change included in Congress’s coronavirus relief legislation overwhelmingly benefits those who make more than $1 million annually.

Senate Republicans had introduced a provision that “suspends a limitation on how much owners of businesses formed as ‘pass-through’ entities can deduct against their nonbusiness income, such as capital gains, to reduce their tax liability,” according to The Washington Post. read more

Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie Has Threatened To Block Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) last month forced legislators to return to Washington to vote on the much-discussed coronavirus relief measure despite concerns about the virus.

Now he’s threatening to block the next coronavirus relief package, saying he objects to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Ca.) plans to pass any deal struck with Republicans by unanimous consent or voice vote, two methods used in the House to expedite passage of uncontroversial legislation. These methods don’t require all legislators to be present, though one can object. read more