Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds
By: Ariana Figueroa - August 5, 2021
Historically, Black women with children have been kicked off of federal social assistance programs for reasons such as being unmarried and working in domestic or agricultural fields, among other racist policies, the paper found.
Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates
By: Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa - August 3, 2021
Tuesday’s announcement from the CDC also followed intense public pressure by some progressive Democrats, including Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who has camped out on the Capitol steps since Friday in protest of Congress not extending protections for vulnerable tenants.
Pa. Sen. Bob Casey, state legislators rallying in D.C. urge Congress to act on voting rights
By: Ariana Figueroa - August 3, 2021
The nearly 800-page package would undo dozens of restrictive voting laws already in place and faces major hurdles gaining enough GOP support to advance in the Senate.
House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 31, 2021
During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act, on Aug. 6. That is the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water
By: Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - July 22, 2021
(*This story was updated at 12:03 p.m. on Thursday, 7/22/21, to correctly note that U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District, was marked ‘non-voting’ on the PFAS bill.) WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals […]
As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 20, 2021
Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water.
‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 20, 2021
U.S. Capitol Police arrested about 100 women for civil disobedience at the march outside the U.S. Supreme Court's ornate building on Capitol Hill on Monday, 7/19/21.
U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation impacting Pa., other states, backers say
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 15, 2021
“These manufacturers that make tens of billions of dollars selling this chemical, they ought to be the ones paying for cleanup. It should not be borne by the taxpayer, anybody else,” U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said.
Ahead of Biden’s Philly speech, anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 13, 2021
“This is not just a Black civil rights issue,” The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, said. “It’s also an issue for everyone who cares about democracy. Our democracy is at stake.”
U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in Pa., nationwide
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 24, 2021
The bill includes an annual $200 million grant to water utilities and wastewater facilities to treat PFAS over four years.
Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition; Pa.’s Toomey votes to block
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 22, 2021
As of May 14, state Republican legislators have introduced 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions across 48 states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 21, 2021
The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law.