A default on the U.S. debt would be far worse than a government shutdown. Here’s how
By: Jennifer Shutt, Ashley Murray, Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - May 20, 2023
WASHINGTON — A U.S. default on its debt would have a significantly broader impact on federal operations, financial markets and the global economy than recent government shutdowns that have left ordinary Americans largely untouched. While the two have been confused frequently during debate over the debt limit, the federal government has had considerable practice with […]
Democratic attempt to expel Santos from U.S. House handed over to ethics panel
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 18, 2023
Pennsylvania's U.S. House delegation broke along party lines, with two Democrats voting present on the resolution.
Pa.’s U.S. Rep. Smucker: Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is a ‘bailout’
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 17, 2023
U.S. House GOP lawmakers zeroed in on culture war issues as they grilled U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
Pa. Republicans back bill to reinstate Trump-era immigration policies
By: Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - May 12, 2023
The symbolic legislation has no future in the Senate. And President Joe Biden has said he will veto it.
Pa.’s Perry: Debt crisis ‘created by reckless Democrat policies and out of control spending’
By: Ashley Murray and Ariana Figueroa - May 11, 2023
The U.S. House GOP wants spending cuts — and $10B in home-state earmarks -- to avoid a potentially catastrophic default.
Bernie Sanders unveils push for $17/hr. federal minimum wage, citing state increases
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 4, 2023
'You have billionaires who don't know what to do with their money, buying yachts and going off into outer space, so the time is long overdue,' Sanders said.
At Kentucky McDonald’s, 10-year-olds worked past midnight, feds say
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 3, 2023
WASHINGTON — Children as young as 10 were found working past midnight at a McDonald’s restaurant in Louisville, Ky., the U.S. Department of Labor said in announcing numerous civil penalties levied on fast-food franchises. As part of an investigation into federal child labor law violations in the Southeast, the Department of Labor said that three separate […]
Congressional Democrats urge reversal of district court ruling on mifepristone
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 2, 2023
Lawmakers argued that a federal judge's ruling poses a health risk to pregnant patients if they are denied access to mifepristone.
Biden proposal on transgender student athletes met with praise but also questions
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 28, 2023
The proposed rule comes amid an unprecedented, coordinated attack on transgender community members and their families.
U.S. Senate Democrats denounce post-Dobbs landscape of state abortion bans, restrictions
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 26, 2023
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, said the recent Texas lawsuit challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s more than 20-year approval of mifepristone has proven that the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has “paved the way for activist judges and Republican lawmakers to try to impose their anti-choice agenda on everyone else, even in states that have protected the right to abortion.”
Biden administration warns U.S. House GOP debt limit bill would slash education
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 25, 2023
The White House said in a Tuesday statement that President Joe Biden would veto the proposal, calling it “a reckless attempt to extract extreme concessions as a condition for the United States simply paying the bills it has already incurred.” Biden has said debt limit legislation should not be tied to spending reductions.
U.S. House approves bill banning transgender student athletes in girls sports
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 20, 2023
The bill would amend Title IX so that 'sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.'