Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

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Developer wants to give away Southwest Portland house

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Interested charitable organizations must pay the cost of relocating the 1922 home.

The 99-year-old house at 6825 SW 45th Ave. is available free to any charitable organization willing to pay relocation costs. (Courtesy/PMG)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — The developer of a four-story apartment building in Southwest Portland wants to give away a nearly 100-year-old house on the property to any charitable organization that can use it.

Jason Winkler said the house will be given away

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Fire destroys Sandwich house early Saturday morning

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SANDWICH — At around 2 a.m.Saturday, Murphy the dog would not stop barking.

Owners Jean and Jim Gilrein woke up to see what all the fuss was about. After looking around to see if anyone was out front, Jean Gilrein eventually looked out her bedroom window and saw smoke and a small fire showing in her neighbor’s backyard. 

After calling 911, she said the fire grew “fast” and, following a few explosions they thought were propane tanks, the whole house was on fire. 

“This is a sad story,” Jean Gilrein said Saturday morning. 

The house, which fire officials and neighbors

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How the Senate’s American Rescue Plan differs from the House version

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Senate Democrats passed their version of the near-$1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act Saturday afternoon, but not before making some major changes from the version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives last week.

Some of the most notable changes between the two relief bills include dropping a provision to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour and reducing the number of people who will qualify for a $1,400 stimulus payment.

The value of federal enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) benefits were also changed to appease moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who threatened not

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What changed between Senate and House versions?

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The Senate passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan Saturday after a marathon debate that went on for more than 24 hours straight as a slew of amendments to the House version of the bill were proposed and, in some cases, adopted. 

Some House Democrats are already griping over the modifications made to the legislation – particularly the removal of a federal minimum wage hike – before the bill comes back to their chamber for a vote as soon as Tuesday. But those peeved progressives appear poised to set aside their misgivings and approve the Senate changes. 

“Despite

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