Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’s words ring out in Capitol one more time
By: Allison Stevens - July 27, 2020
WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life.
Senate Republicans pursue cut to jobless aid, adjourn without action
By: Allison Stevens - July 24, 2020
Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises.
House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk
By: Allison Stevens and Jacob Fischler - July 22, 2020
WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]
Senators predict override if Trump vetoes bill to strip Confederate names from bases
By: Allison Stevens - July 10, 2020
Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win.
U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment
By: Allison Stevens - July 8, 2020
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.
House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’
By: Allison Stevens - July 1, 2020
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities.
Roberts joins Supreme Court’s liberal judges to strike down Louisiana abortion law
By: Allison Stevens - June 29, 2020
In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country.
Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split
By: Allison Stevens - June 24, 2020
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to clear a procedural hurdle Wednesday so he could bring the bill to the floor for Senate consideration. But the legislation fell […]
Supreme Court rejects Trump administration challenge to DACA
By: Allison Stevens - June 18, 2020
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]
Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that is panned by Democrats
By: Allison Stevens - June 17, 2020
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats.
Trump signs modest police reform order, defends police as ‘brave’
By: Allison Stevens - June 16, 2020
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.
U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination
By: Allison Stevens - June 15, 2020
WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.