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Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.

Climate experts say Trump’s Interior Department is sidelining scientists

By: - July 29, 2019

The Trump administration has been sidelining researchers and suppressing climate change science at the U.S. Interior Department, experts warned Congress last week. 

Mueller botched Rep. Stanton’s question. The answer: Ronald Reagan

By: - July 24, 2019

Things got a little awkward on Wednesday after former special counsel Robert Mueller whiffed a softball question lobbed by Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton. 

AZ Dems vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments,’ GOPers vote in defense of president

By: - July 16, 2019

Arizona’s delegation split along party lines, with the five Democrats voting for the measure and three of the four Republicans voting against it. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) did not cast a vote.

U.S. House Dems relent, chamber sends McConnell-backed border aid bill to Trump

By: - June 27, 2019

A $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern U.S. border is poised to be enacted after top U.S. House Democrats reluctantly helped pass a version of the legislation adopted by the U.S. Senate. 

U.S. Supreme Court delays Census citizenship question

By: and - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 Census, calling the justification the Trump administration offered for including the question “contrived.” In a complicated decision regarding the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census, the high court agreed with a lower […]

U.S. Senate passes border aid bill, heads to battle against House

By: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved its own $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern U.S. border, setting up a clash with U.S. House lawmakers who passed a dramatically different version the night before.  The Senate version passed on a vote of 84-8 with broad bipartisan support after the chamber voted to […]

U.S. House approves $4.5B border aid package

By: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion package late Tuesday to spend on humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border, though Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump have already voiced their opposition to the Democratic measure.  The bill passed by a vote of 230-195, largely along party lines, with the majority Democrats […]

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Sinema splits with Democrats more often than all but 1 other senator

By: - June 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has broken with her party on more votes than nearly every other U.S. senator so far this year. The Arizona freshman Democrat, who won a historic election last fall in part by appealing to centrist and Republican voters, has maintained her independent streak since assuming her Senate seat in […]

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House passes bill to offer ‘dreamers’ path to citizenship

By: - June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that aims to give up to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The legislation – a top priority for the Democratic majority – would offer protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and others […]

U.S. House passes LGBTQ rights bill, despite GOP opposition

By: - May 17, 2019

Among the Arizona delegation, all five Democrats voted for the bill and all four Republicans voted against it.

Rep. Stanton could be key player in House impeachment fight

By: - May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – If the U.S. House ultimately moves to impeach President Trump, U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton could be on a team of Democrats that makes the case to the U.S. Senate to oust the president from the White House. The freshman Arizona Democrat and former Phoenix mayor clinched a seat on the powerful House Judiciary […]

U.S. House committee votes to hold Trump AG Barr in contempt

By: - May 8, 2019

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the war between the Trump administration and House Democrats.