Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 22, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […]
FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 17, 2022
The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 16, 2022
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against the bill, saying it '[substituted] Congress’ political judgment in place of available evidence.'Je
Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 12, 2022
The Pa. Health Dept. says the state 'will continue to look for long-term assistance from the federal government in the months ahead.'
Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 9, 2022
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against letting the bill clear a key, procedural hurdle.
Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states, including Pa., get millions from U.S. DOT
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 2, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service. The announcement by the Biden administration of $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements will go to more than 46 projects designed to improve safety and […]
U.S. House Dems’ campaign chief says GOP moderates are ducking talk on abortion, guns
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 1, 2022
As they try to protect vulnerable incumbents, Republicans also are trying to avoid alienating suburban swing voters.
U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action
By: Jennifer Shutt and John L. Micek - May 11, 2022
Pa.'s U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican Pat Toomey, were on opposite sides of the bill.
U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 4, 2022
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]
Jan. 6 panel asks three GOP members of the U.S. House to cooperate in probe
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 2, 2022
The U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent letters Monday to Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Ronny Jackson of Texas, asking them to share information about meetings and conversations they had in the days and weeks leading up to the insurrection.
Congress greenlights lend-lease bill for Ukraine; Pa.’s Perry a ‘no’ vote
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 29, 2022
The central Pa. pol was one of 10 U.S. House Republicans to vote against the military aid.
Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry
By: Jennifer Shutt - April 22, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said this week. […]