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Allison Stevens Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Allison Stevens Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick breaks with GOP, votes with Dems to approve landmark prescription drug pricing bill

By: and - December 12, 2019

The bill passed Thursday comes amid a flurry of legislative action on Capitol Hill. It is unlikely to win approval in the GOP-led U.S. Senate.

PFAS provisions struck from must-pass defense bill, disappointing Pa.’s Dean & Fitzpatrick

By: and - December 12, 2019

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has pledged to bring a stand-alone package of stronger PFAS provisions to the House floor in January.

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive UMCA trade deal

By: - December 10, 2019

The news came as Trump traveled to a key 2020 battleground state -- Pennsylvania -- and on the same day the House delivered impeachment articles.

Michigan U.S. Rep. Dingell carries on long family tradition with ‘Medicare for All’ fight

By: - December 9, 2019

"We’ve been working this a while. But you educate now, and you never say ‘never,’ the Michigan Democrat said of her years-long fight.

‘NAFTA 2.0’ trade deal presents political conundrum for Pa. Dems Cartwright and Lamb 

By: - December 4, 2019

The vote is a toughie for such labor Dems as U.S. Reps. Conor Lamb and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania who have been targeted by Republicans.

Pa.’s Casey, who wants Trump impeached, votes to confirm POTUS’ pick to run U.S. Energy Dept.

By: - December 3, 2019

The Scranton Democrat, who's been in the vanguard of calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment, voted to confirm Trump's pick for Energy Secretary.

Here’s how Pa. lawmakers are waging a multifront war against PFAS contamination

By: - November 21, 2019

Used in tape, nonstick pans, microwave popcorn bags and other everyday products, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental delays and other health problems. 

Is DACA doomed? Skeptical U.S. Supreme Court conservatives seem to side with Trump

By: - November 12, 2019

The high court's conservatives, which now include two Trump appointees, seemed to endorse the legality of the administration’s decision to end the program.

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court this week

By: - November 11, 2019

A ruling to uphold the program could anger Trump’s conservative base, while a ruling against it would likely energize liberals.

U.S. House Dems advance sweeping effort to lower higher education costs

By: - November 1, 2019

One Republican, Pa. U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, predicted the bill wouldn't see 'the light of day' in the GOP-controlled Senate.

With Congress bitterly divided, Elijah Cummings’ memorial brings political foes together

By: - October 25, 2019

In a week otherwise marked by partisan acrimony, Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate came together to praise Cummings for his ability to bring people together in a sharply divided time.

Dealt setbacks on the trail, Biden’s fundraising slows in Pa.

By: - October 24, 2019

Biden raised more than $900,000 from Pennsylvania from April through June — about twice his receipts from July through September.