Allison Stevens Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Allison Stevens Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law

By: - June 29, 2020

Enacted in 2014 by the Louisiana state Legislature, the law would have required physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with U.S. House Dems to pass police reform package

By: and - June 26, 2020

House passage comes a day after Senate Democrats blocked a bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate GOP conference.

‘I know my path:’ With Supreme Court’s DACA decision, central Pa. teen future looks to a bright and safe future

By: and - June 18, 2020

In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration broke the law in 2017 when it rescinded the program

U.S. House Dems call for more federal aid to schools

By: - June 16, 2020

The aid is especially needed to support low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, lawmakers said.

Pa. advocates hail SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

By: and - 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. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

W. Pa. grocery chain Giant Eagle says it won’t sell Post-Gazette

By: - June 11, 2020

Western Pennsylvania’s largest supermarket chain says it will no longer advertise or sell copies of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in its stores, as part of a new initiative to “stand up against racism and social justice.” 

Could a new federal agency revive the Great Lakes region?

By: - May 31, 2020

A veteran Democratic lawmaker is devising a plan for a massive influx of federal aid to boost the region, which has suffered losses over the last decade.

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split as U.S. Senate spars over state bailouts

By: - April 30, 2020

The two United States senators are divided over a hotly contested issue on Capitol Hill: whether to provide more federal aid for ailing cities and states.

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

By: - April 22, 2020

The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote on the measure — although it’s unclear how many lawmakers will return to Washington — and President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will sign it.

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access, as Congress looks for solutions

By: - April 13, 2020

Pennsylvania fell just outside the top 10 states, when it comes  to internet coverage, speed and price, according to a report by BroadbandNow Research.

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

By: - April 9, 2020

One in seven Pennsylvanians, or 1.75 million people benefit from SNAP. That's about 14 percent of the state's total population.

Congress preps for next round of coronavirus relief; Democrats signal priorities

By: - April 2, 2020

The next bill could include huge infrastructure projects, and U.S. House Democrats are pushing to include some of their top priorities.