USDA’s climate grants for farms and forests run into Republican buzzsaw
By: Allison Winter - August 9, 2023
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is spending more than $3 billion to cultivate more American farmers and forest landowners as partners to mitigate climate change — even while some Republicans on Capitol Hill try to stop the program entirely. The administration launched a new farm program, Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities, this year. It is […]
U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions
By: Allison Winter - October 31, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus. At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard […]
U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs
By: Allison Winter - June 9, 2022
WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation and severe weather. A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, as lawmakers […]
Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action
By: Allison Winter - March 30, 2022
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, […]
U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation
By: Allison Winter - October 20, 2021
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday for the second time this year — thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, […]
Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools
By: Allison Winter - August 24, 2021
WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]
Federal investigation aims to uncover painful history of Native American boarding schools
By: Allison Winter - July 8, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities.
Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West
By: Allison Winter - May 26, 2021
WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday.
New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms
By: Allison Winter - April 30, 2021
WASHINGTON — 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.
American Indian tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response
By: Allison Winter - October 1, 2020
WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress Wednesday.
Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot
By: Allison Winter - July 22, 2020
Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]
Fauci warns of ‘suffering & death,’ worse economy if US re-opens too soon
By: Allison Winter - May 13, 2020
WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official warned U.S. senators Tuesday that reopening the economy too quickly could cause more COVID-19 suffering, death and an even longer economic setback.