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A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools in Pa., nationwide

By: - July 9, 2021

Some advocates want Congress to take the next step and create a formal truth commission. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the coming weeks plans to reintroduce legislation forming one.

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

By: - June 20, 2021

It's the latest in years of tug-of-war between Democratic and Republican administrations over how to implement the Endangered Species Act, passed by Congress in 1973.

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

By: - May 1, 2021

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.

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks in Gettysburg, elsewhere under Minn. lawmaker’s bill

By: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON —  A Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota is gaining traction with her push to force the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks, as as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for […]

Border officials didn’t follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, government investigators find

By: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked for the probe after reports showing what he called an “appalling disregard for the lives of migrant children” at the border.

Top Obama official says it’s up to Congress to address racial disparities in public education exposed by COVID pandemic

By: - June 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, and Congress needs to fix it, a former Obama administration official has said.

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’: Pa.’s Evans, lawmakers hear 

By: - May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Pennsylvania lawmakers this week.

Fauci warns Pa.’s Casey, other lawmakers reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’

By: - May 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told lawmakers there could be a surge of COVID-19 cases if states, cities and regions disregard the government’s “checkpoints” on when and how to pull back from mitigation measures.

Pa.’s Shapiro to Trump: Put the brakes on new regulations

By: - April 1, 2020

Twenty attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House requesting that the administration focus on those regulations related to the pandemic.

Pa. Sen. Casey calls for ‘accurate information’ on coronavirus as Dems slam Trump response

By: - March 3, 2020

A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. 

Critics slam Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

By: - February 26, 2020

Last month, the White House unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations sometimes referred to as the “Magna Carta” of federal environmental laws.

States ‘are our eyes and ears,’ top lawmaker says as Pa. asks Congress for help in opioid crisis

By: - January 14, 2020

States have been trying to respond to a growing problem of addiction and overdose to opioids and other drugs. Overdose deaths have dropped in Pennsylvania.