At D.C. rally, parents GOP lawmakers vow nat’l push to get critical race theory out of schools
By: Ariana Figueroa - November 17, 2021
'We’re ready for a new era in education,' U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. said. 'Other people now know what I’ve known for a long time—parents are a force to be reckoned with.'
‘America is moving again’: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill, bringing billions to Pa.
By: Laura Olson, Ariana Figueroa, Jacob Fischler and John L. Micek - November 15, 2021
The bill, which channels billions of dollars in funding to the Keystone State, 'will undoubtedly move Pennsylvania forward,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.
U.S. House sends $1.2T infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature
By: Jacob Fischler, Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - November 6, 2021
All nine Democratic members of Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill delegation voted in favor, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District.
Biden pitches new $1.75T spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 28, 2021
Clean energy program, other major Biden initiatives, stripped from framework to satisfy moderate Democrats.
GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 8, 2021
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District, is among the GOP lawmakers protesting the DOJ's move.
FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 6, 2021
School board meetings have also been under attack for mask mandates to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?
By: Ariana Figueroa - October 3, 2021
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has stressed her commitment to keeping in provisions relating to children, such as universal pre-K.
Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 20, 2021
The opinion by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian, was a setback for the Biden administration and Democrats who would have to reach 60 votes in the Senate for any immigration reform, rather than a simple majority through reconciliation, a process reserved for matters that affect spending, revenues, the deficit or the debt limit. The Senate is evenly split between the parties.
How the $3.5T budget bill before Congress helps Pa., other states on agriculture
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 14, 2021
The bill sets aside $66B for fighting climate change, encouraging research. It passed committee on party lines
Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 12, 2021
Republicans objected to many of the amendments offered during the markup, citing high costs and arguing that the reconciliation process should not be used to make policy changes.
Biden to travel to New York, Pa., and Virginia for 9/11 observances
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 10, 2021
Biden 'felt it was important to visit each of the three places to mark the lives that were lost, the sacrifices on that day,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said
The U.S. House’s budget reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship for many in Pa.
By: Ariana Figueroa - September 4, 2021
There are more than 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that studies migration.