Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 22, 2021
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night.
College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 21, 2021
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status.
Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 11, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights.
Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following Biden remarks, skipped vote
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 2, 2021
WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday said that comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” were not a criticism of moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin.
Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 25, 2021
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust.
Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 21, 2021
WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S.
Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash
By: Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa - May 21, 2021
WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo.
Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 12, 2021
WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP […]
Senators deadlock on major U.S. elections bill in committee vote
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 11, 2021
WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats on Tuesday tackled a massive voting reforms bill in committee in a heated daylong debate. But the final vote on the bill by the Senate Rules Committee was a 9-9 tie, which means Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer likely would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the legislation to the floor […]
Biden to order $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contract workers
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 27, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Tuesday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 an hour, according to senior administration officials.
Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 21, 2021
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition.
Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 13, 2021
WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests.