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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1

By: - March 11, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services will launch a new website for individuals to check if they are eligible to volunteer to administer shots. 

U.S. House sends Biden giant $1.9T COVID relief package; Pa. lawmakers break on party lines

By: - March 10, 2021

Biden is expected to sign it on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.

CDC: It’s OK for vaccinated grandparents to visit family if no risk for severe disease

By: - March 8, 2021

People who are fully vaccinated are now advised that they do not need to quarantine or seek a COVID-19 test if they are exposed to the virus, as long as they do not have symptoms of infection.

U.S. Senate panel advances Deb Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

By: - March 4, 2021

“Two hundred and thirty years after Washington called his first Cabinet meeting, it is long past time to give a Native American woman a seat on the Cabinet table,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said.

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

By: - March 4, 2021

Data compiled by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center found total state tax revenues declined by 1.8 percent from April to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

Pa.’s Toomey votes against Biden’s pick to run HHS — California AG Xavier Becerra

By: - March 3, 2021

The Senate Finance Committee split on the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who will still be put to the full Senate for a vote.

Pa.’s Levine endures transphobic tirade from Rand Paul during Senate confirmation hearing

By: - February 25, 2021

Paul, an ophthalmologist, repeatedly pressed Levine on whether she would support allowing minors to override objections from their parents when it comes to accessing gender-affirmation therapies.

Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

By: - February 25, 2021

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is awaiting emergency-use authorization from a critical Food and Drug Administration panel on Friday, followed by the agency’s final decision, expected shortly.

Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon, industry execs tell Congress

By: - February 24, 2021

Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers have told Congress that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks.

Census delay in releasing population data throws states, Pa.’s May primary into question

By: - February 14, 2021

The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this year. 

Pa.’s Toomey, Casey vote to convict Trump for Capitol insurrection; Senate votes to acquit

By: - February 13, 2021

In a statement after the vote, Trump blasted the impeachment process as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,” and said that the movement he created “has only just begun.”

Pa.’s Toomey, Casey vote to move Trump impeachment trial forward

By: - February 10, 2021

Toomey said Tuesday evening that Trump’s attorneys “had a weaker case to start with, and I don't think it was very persuasive.”