U.S. House Republicans spar with HHS secretary over transgender youth, child labor
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 14, 2023
U.S. House Republicans grilled a senior Biden administration official about gender-affirming care for transgender minors.
White House to name coordinator to push back against book bans, among new LGBTQ protections
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 8, 2023
WASHINGTON — As part of the celebration of Pride month, the Biden administration on Thursday announced several new protections for LGBTQ+ youth and families, including the position of a federal coordinator to counter the massive wave of book bans across the country. President Joe Biden was scheduled later Thursday to host a Pride event at the White […]
U.S. Senate votes to block student loan relief, White House will veto
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 1, 2023
The 52-46 vote forced vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2024 to take a public stance on loan forgiveness
As Congress preps for debt limit vote, Pa.’s Perry slams the deal
By: Jennifer Shutt and Ariana Figueroa - May 30, 2023
'I am focused on defeating this bill,' House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, R-10th District, said.
Biden, McCarthy say they have brokered a debt limit deal to avert U.S. default
By: Jennifer Shutt and Ariana Figueroa - May 27, 2023
McCarthy was expected to speak with members of the House Republican conference on a call later Saturday night.
A default on the U.S. debt would be far worse than a government shutdown. Here’s how
By: Jennifer Shutt, Ashley Murray, Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - May 20, 2023
WASHINGTON — A U.S. default on its debt would have a significantly broader impact on federal operations, financial markets and the global economy than recent government shutdowns that have left ordinary Americans largely untouched. While the two have been confused frequently during debate over the debt limit, the federal government has had considerable practice with […]
Democratic attempt to expel Santos from U.S. House handed over to ethics panel
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 18, 2023
Pennsylvania's U.S. House delegation broke along party lines, with two Democrats voting present on the resolution.
Pa.’s U.S. Rep. Smucker: Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is a ‘bailout’
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 17, 2023
U.S. House GOP lawmakers zeroed in on culture war issues as they grilled U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
Pa. Republicans back bill to reinstate Trump-era immigration policies
By: Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - May 12, 2023
The symbolic legislation has no future in the Senate. And President Joe Biden has said he will veto it.
Pa.’s Perry: Debt crisis ‘created by reckless Democrat policies and out of control spending’
By: Ashley Murray and Ariana Figueroa - May 11, 2023
The U.S. House GOP wants spending cuts — and $10B in home-state earmarks -- to avoid a potentially catastrophic default.
Bernie Sanders unveils push for $17/hr. federal minimum wage, citing state increases
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 4, 2023
'You have billionaires who don't know what to do with their money, buying yachts and going off into outer space, so the time is long overdue,' Sanders said.
At Kentucky McDonald’s, 10-year-olds worked past midnight, feds say
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 3, 2023
WASHINGTON — Children as young as 10 were found working past midnight at a McDonald’s restaurant in Louisville, Ky., the U.S. Department of Labor said in announcing numerous civil penalties levied on fast-food franchises. As part of an investigation into federal child labor law violations in the Southeast, the Department of Labor said that three separate […]