Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 25, 2021
Nazita Lajevard, an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, said her research has focused on how voter ID laws affect minority voters.
Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: On Capitol Hill, pols from Pa., nationwide jostle for federal transportation cash
By: Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa - May 23, 2021
Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District., put in for $5.5 million to resurface a stretch of US-222 in Berks County, while Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District., is seeking $5 million to add a lane to a stretch of that same road, just five miles away.
Homeless students, including those in Pa., slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 21, 2021
Witnesses before a U.S. House panel this week advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are experiencing homeless and in foster care during the pandemic.
U.S. House condemns Atlanta shootings and Asian American racism
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 19, 2021
House Republicans also argued that the Atlanta measure was partisan and that it blamed former President Donald Trump for the rise in attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Pa.’s Kelly joins House GOP in ousting Liz Cheney from leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 12, 2021
GOP lawmakers in a closed door meeting removed Cheney, R-Wyo., in a voice vote. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., introduced a resolution to strip Cheney of her post as conference chair, the No. 3 leadership job.
Biden to order $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contract workers
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 27, 2021
The order will go into effect Jan. 30 of next year, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration.
Capitol Hill Dems push for federal background checks on ammunition sales
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 21, 2021
If passed, the law would close a loophole that allows ammunition to be sold with no background checks.
Ag. Sect’y Vilsack keys in on food insecurity, nutrition in budget request; Pa. other states impacted
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 14, 2021
In 2019, more than 35 million people were experiencing food insecurity, but that number jumped to 42 million during the pandemic, according to Feeding America, which is a network of food banks across the U.S.
U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 8, 2021
In attendance were gun control advocates, lawmakers and relatives of victims of gun violence, including Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Biden administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 8, 2021
The administration is not taking action on a ban on assault rifles. But after the mass shooting in Colorado where 10 people were killed, the president called on Congress to ban the weapons.
Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 1, 2021
A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.
In Pgh return, Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy
By: Ariana Figueroa - March 31, 2021
Biden will make the announcement in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon, where he launched his 2020 presidential campaign.