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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a reporter for States Newsroom's Washington bureau and can be reached at [email protected]

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‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

By: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump.

Iowa’s Grassley emerges as key as Senate GOP pushes Supreme Court vote

By: and - September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Intense attention fastened Monday on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as Senate Republicans undertook a furious effort to confirm a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before Inauguration Day. If Grassley joins two other GOP senators in opposing a vote on a nominee, it would leave Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell with an […]

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

By: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity.

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states, cities

By: - September 8, 2020

Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats.

Mnuchin: White House would back additional COVID-19 cash to states

By: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief.

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally in DC

By: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression.

House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

By: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago.

House passes bill to boost post office funding by $25 billion, block service changes

By: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections.

Postmaster general insists it’s his ‘sacred duty’ to deliver election mail on time

By: - August 21, 2020

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.”

Postmaster general says he’s suspending post office overhaul until after the election

By: - August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall. DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes, […]

Trump issues sweeping executive orders after coronavirus aid talks break down

By: and - August 9, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.

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US Houses passes package to rescue child care industry

By: - July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic.