Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

A view of the U.S. Capitol (Capital-Star photo by Jennifer Shutt).

Revived push for Equal Rights Amendment blocked by U.S. Senate Republicans

By: - April 27, 2023

The joint resolution aimed to codify protections from sex discrimination alongside other protected classes.

U.S. House GOP pushes through debt ceiling increase coupled with massive spending cuts

By: and - April 26, 2023

GOP leaders passed the Limit, Save, Grow Act by a margin of 217-215 after late-night maneuvering Tuesday into early Wednesday to pacify party holdouts who demanded expedited work requirements for assistance for low-income Americans and Midwestern lawmakers who wanted ethanol tax credits restored. 

U.S. House GOP plan would expand work requirements for food aid for older adults

By: - April 25, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Limit, Save, Grow Act proposes returning discretionary spending to fiscal 2022 levels in exchange for raising the nation’s borrowing limit, often called the debt ceiling, by $1.5 trillion — but only through March 31, 2024, at the latest.

Pa. Gov. Shapiro: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion pill is a ‘relief,’ but a ‘long road ahead’

By: , and - April 21, 2023

'As long as I serve the people of Pennsylvania, I will always protect your freedom to choose,' Shapiro said.

Trump hit with 34 felony counts of falsifying New York state business records

By: , and - April 4, 2023

'The Left’s weaponization of our criminal justice system for their own benefit is truly un-American,' U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District, said.

In this photo illustration, a package of NARCAN (Naloxone) nasal spray sits on the counter at a Walgreens pharmacy, Aug. 9, 2017 in New York City. Starting on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that no-cost or low cost Naloxone (NARCAN), a drug that can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, will be available at all pharmacies across New York state. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

As opioids overdose deaths keep rising, report urges lawmakers to develop new approaches

By: - March 17, 2023

Drug overdose rates in the U.S. have risen fivefold in the past two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As cleanup costs mount, Pentagon to stop use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS

By: and - March 17, 2023

The 'forever chemicals' have been linked to a host of health issues, including cancer, increased risk of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, and low birth weight.

Biden says U.S. bank deposits are safe despite tumult over California bank collapse

By: - March 13, 2023

Americans 'should feel confident that their deposits will be there, if and when they need them,' Biden said.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

U.S. House panel passes GOP bill mandating federal Parents Bill of Rights

By: - March 9, 2023

Pa. GOP U.S. Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Lloyd Smucker voted 'yes'; U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District, voted 'no.'

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

U.S. Senate panel probes how crypto mining increases energy consumption

By: - March 8, 2023

Crypto mining in both Nebraska and Pennsylvania was discussed in particular by the members of the panel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Biden’s pick for U.S. archivist, a Pa. native, caught up in controversy over missing presidential documents

By: - February 28, 2023

Colleen Shogan, an executive for the nonprofit White House Historical Association and a Pennsylvania native, faced questioning from lawmakers for the second time since September.

What was Pa.’s role in shooting down those mystery flying objects?

By: and - February 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Military posts in Midwestern and Western states played key roles in the unprecedented downings of multiple unmanned aerial objects over the North American continent this weekend. Members of Congress and governors from the states involved and from both parties have shared information about the downings on Twitter and in statements, in some cases […]