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Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Pa. U.S. House lawmakers split along party lines on gun safety votes

By: and - September 11, 2019

Prospects for gun control legislation in the Senate remained murky as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week after a month-long recess. 

Ex-NYT labor reporter: Trump has ‘not made America great again’ for workers

By: - September 10, 2019

The Trump administration is “day after day rigging the system further against workers and in favor of the wealthy,” the journalist-turned-author said,

Four Pa. Republicans voted for a landmark gun control law in 1993. Now there’s just one yes vote. Here’s what that means

By: - September 1, 2019

Despite increased pressure from Democrats and gun safety advocates, it’s far from certain that lawmakers will enact significant legislation. 

Pat Toomey pushed for gun control after Sandy Hook. Can the Republican senator lead again?

By: - August 18, 2019

Toomey is again attempting to position himself as a consensus builder on a polarizing issue that stands to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill when lawmakers reconvene in September after a month-long recess. 

Targeted by the GOP, Pa’s Democratic U.S. House newcomers fill 2020 war chests 

By: - August 4, 2019

“So much of the attention in the rest of the cycle is going to go to the presidential race,” one analyst said. “For that reason, it seems to me like this would be an important time for the House incumbents to be fundraising.”

As Mueller appears before Congress, Pa. Rep. Dean says ‘I will not shrink back’ from holding Trump accountable

By: and - July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers Wednesday that his investigation did not “completely and totally exonerate” President Trump of obstructing justice, contrary to what the president has claimed.  In the first of two back-to-back appearances before U.S. House committees, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, kicked off questioning […]

Pa. Rep. Mike Doyle wants 2020 Dems to talk about more than Trump

By: - July 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation was quite different when U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle arrived on Capitol Hill as a Democratic freshman back in 1995.  Pennsylvania’s 21 U.S. House members and two senators were men. Nearly half of the state’s congressional delegation had been in office for a decade or more.  Democrat Bill Clinton was in […]

Pa. Rep. Smucker to help lead bipartisan border trip to U.S.-Mexico border on Friday

By: and - July 18, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District, will serve as the co-leader of the trip, along with U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems — again — this time for $15-an-hour minimum wage

By: and - July 18, 2019

Democrats on Capitol Hill are hoping the bill will give voters a glimpse of what’s possible if they elect a Democrat to the White House in 2020.

U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment 

By: - July 17, 2019

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit to be President and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office.”

U.S. House holds top Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question

By: - July 17, 2019

The chamber voted 230-198, largely along partisan lines, to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt after they failed to comply with subpoenas from House Democrats. 

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems to condemn Trump’s tweets on Ocasio-Cortez, minority women in Congress

By: and - July 16, 2019

The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with three other Republicans and one independent joining Fitzpatrick their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to the “places from which they came.”