Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 18, 2022
“If Republicans get their way with a national ban, it won’t matter where you live in America,” Biden said.
Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 11, 2022
'If we could just center on the question of Dreamers and DACA in and of itself, I think a … legitimate issue can be resolved,' U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said.
The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden
By: Jennifer Shutt, Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - October 9, 2022
Pennsylvania's closely watched U.S. Senate race could determine control of the chamber.
Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization
By: Ariana Figueroa, Jennifer Shutt and Jacob Fischler - October 6, 2022
'Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,' Biden said.
DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 6, 2022
The case has been returned to a lower court, which will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600K undocumented people.
U.S. Senate panel probes federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 30, 2022
Staff shortages have impacted the federal Bureau of Prisons' operations, former Pa. Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel, told lawmakers.
Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 23, 2022
'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.
Report: U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 21, 2022
The Dept of Justice failed to enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, which requires states that receive federal funding to report prison and jail deaths to the agency.
Pa. a national leader as an ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 20, 2022
The other states with the most incidents of banning are Texas, Florida, and Tennessee
Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 15, 2022
U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, argued that 'tying food policy to climate policy is harmful.'
U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 7, 2022
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff are slated to travel to Pa. to highlight how schools are tackling learning loss from the pandemic.
Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns
By: Ariana Figueroa and Peter Hall - September 4, 2022
“If we are to hold our elected officials accountable on their policy stance(s), we have to know what they are,” said Nicholas Valentino, a political science and research professor in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.