Opponents said that the measure makes it harder for the elderly and minorities to vote, and they quickly filed suit to block it.
A national moratorium on evicting renters during the pandemic will stay in effect for now. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., had initially ruled that the Centers for Disease Control had no authority to impose the ban. But, late Wednesday, she put the ruling on hold to consider the Justice Department’s appeal.
New jobless claims have dropped to a pandemic low. They fell by nearly 100,000 last week, down to 498,000. The Labor Department also reports that productivity rebounded in the first quarter, rising at an annual rate of 5.4 percent.
And on Wall Street, banks and tech stocks led a broad rally. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 318 points to a record close, 34548. The Nasdaq rose 50 points, the S&P 500 was up 34.