Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

By: - October 21, 2021

Nineteen states have approved more stringent voting requirements this year.  Republican state legislators pushed for the restrictions, partly in response to former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the 2020 election.

Dems seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools in Pa., elsewhere

By: - August 23, 2021

At issue are years of trauma from the federal government’s push, starting in the late 1800s, to remove hundreds of thousands of Native American children from their communities.

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools in Pa., nationwide

By: - July 9, 2021

Some advocates want Congress to take the next step and create a formal truth commission. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the coming weeks plans to reintroduce legislation forming one.

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

By: - June 20, 2021

It's the latest in years of tug-of-war between Democratic and Republican administrations over how to implement the Endangered Species Act, passed by Congress in 1973.

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

By: - May 1, 2021

As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation.

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks in Gettysburg, elsewhere under Minn. lawmaker’s bill

By: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON —  A Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota is gaining traction with her push to force the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks, as as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for […]

Border officials didn’t follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, government investigators find

By: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked for the probe after reports showing what he called an “appalling disregard for the lives of migrant children” at the border.

Top Obama official says it’s up to Congress to address racial disparities in public education exposed by COVID pandemic

By: - June 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, and Congress needs to fix it, a former Obama administration official has said.

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’: Pa.’s Evans, lawmakers hear 

By: - May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Pennsylvania lawmakers this week.

Fauci warns Pa.’s Casey, other lawmakers reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’

By: - May 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told lawmakers there could be a surge of COVID-19 cases if states, cities and regions disregard the government’s “checkpoints” on when and how to pull back from mitigation measures.

Pa.’s Shapiro to Trump: Put the brakes on new regulations

By: - April 1, 2020

Twenty attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House requesting that the administration focus on those regulations related to the pandemic.

Pa. Sen. Casey calls for ‘accurate information’ on coronavirus as Dems slam Trump response

By: - March 3, 2020

A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.