U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation
By: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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: Allison Winter - 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.