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.

‘Finish the job’: Biden makes bipartisan pitch to divided Congress; Pa. lawmakers respond

By: , and - February 8, 2023

'It’s time to make sure the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share in taxes,' U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., said.

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer said his priorities will include the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and alleged “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

By: and - January 31, 2023

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, who has faced scrutiny for efforts to overturn the 2020 election, is on the panel.

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

By: - January 29, 2023

Erie County and Pittsburgh are among the communities set to participate in the program, according to the White House.

A person from Ukraine holds their Ukrainian passport before being allowed to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry into the United States to seek asylum on March 22, 2022 in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. authorities have recently been allowing Ukrainian refugees to enter the U.S. at the Southern border in Tijuana with permission to remain in the U.S. on humanitarian parole for one year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Ukrainians by the thousands arrive in states — but with a time limit

By: - January 21, 2023

Nearly 200,000 Americans have applied to sponsor those fleeing the war, with the majority of applicants from New York, Illinois, California and Washington.

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican

Pa. Rep. Thompson among U.S. House GOP’s new committee chairs; will help steer agenda

By: - January 11, 2023

The north-central Pa. lawmaker will lead the House Agriculture Committee, giving him broad authority over farm issues.

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

U.S. House GOP backs rules plan without disclosing deals made with hard-right members

By: , and - January 10, 2023

The 55-page rules package sets the parameters for how bills should be written, how committees will operate and how the floor will run during the next two years.

U.S. House GOP backs McCarthy as speaker after tense and chaotic late-night session

By: , and - January 7, 2023

'Congratulations to the American People — tonight your much-improved House starts to get back in order. Now on to the business of saving the Republic,' U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said.

McCarthy flips GOP holdouts as his campaign for U.S. House speaker gathers speed

By: and - January 6, 2023

Pa.'s Perry goes from 'no' to 'yes' on the embattled Republican leader.

California Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy heads to the U.S. House chamber just after noon on Jan. 5, 2023, as the House began another day of votes on his bid to become speaker. “We’re just going to keep working until we solve it,” he told reporters. (Ashley Murray / States Newsroom)

U.S. House stuck for a third day as Republicans struggle to unite around a speaker

By: and - January 5, 2023

“Either we have the tools to do it, or we have the personnel to do it. It’s going to be one, or the other,” Perry said.

With Pa.’s Perry at the fore, U.S. House paralyzed as GOP’s speaker fight drags into its second day

By: and - January 4, 2023

'We can’t continue with the same failed policies, rules, strategies, and leadership that are killing our nation, ' Perry said.

Pa.’s Perry, U.S. House conservatives tank Kevin McCarthy’s bid to be speaker on multiple ballots

By: and - January 3, 2023

McCarthy received 203 votes to Democratic nominee Hakeem Jeffries’ 212 votes, with the remaining support going to other GOP lawmakers.

U.S. House Jan. 6 committee releases final report; Pa. pols Perry, Mastriano get mentions

By: and - December 23, 2022

The panel finds that former President Donald Trump incited insurrection, demands accountability.