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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.

What Pa.’s Toomey, Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

By: - February 9, 2021

“I'm going to listen to the arguments on both sides and make the decision that I think is right,” Toomey said Sunday on CNN. 

Pa. Republicans stand by QAnon congresswoman as House votes to strip committee assignments

By: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eight out of nine of Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. House members voted against removing Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments on Thursday night. According to an official House roll call, U.S. Reps. Dan Meuser, R-9th District; Scott Perry, R-10th District;  Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District; Fred Keller, R-12th District; John Joyce, R-13th […]

State health leaders appeal to Congress for more vaccines, better communication, increased funding

By: - February 3, 2021

States say they need the 3 Ms from Congress: More doses, more information to guide their planning, and more money.

Pa.’s Toomey leads criticism of Biden’s HUD pick, Marcia Fudge, during Senate hearing

By: - January 28, 2021

Fudge, D-Ohio, pledged to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that if confirmed, she will work across the aisle to alleviate the country’s housing crisis

Feds try to ease vaccine backlog by enlisting retired nurses and doctors

By: - January 28, 2021

The Biden administration announced a move Wednesday to bolster the number of people who can administer COVID-19 vaccines by making it easier for retired doctors and nurses to give those shots.

‘To heal, we must remember’: Pa. Rep. Dean to argue for Trump’s impeachment in Senate trial

By: - January 27, 2021

The Montgomery County Democrat, who sits on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, described her role as an impeachment manager as a “solemn duty.”

Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments; Wolf says Pa. needs more doses

By: and - January 26, 2021

Starting next week, a minimum of 10 million vaccine doses per week will be distributed across states, tribes and territories.

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

By: - January 22, 2021

One of the initial executive orders he signed Wednesday requires mask-wearing and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors, plus a broad call for Americans to mask up during the next 100 days.

U.S. House votes to impeach Trump over Capitol insurrection ; What Pa. lawmakers said

By: and - January 13, 2021

Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. A Senate trial awaits.

In bid to speed rollout, feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone over 65

By: - January 12, 2021

Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin vaccinating anyone over age 65 and those under 65 who have underlying health conditions that put them at increasing risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms. 

U.S. House Dems say they have the votes to impeach Trump; What Pa. lawmakers say

By: - January 11, 2021

There are 222 Democrats in the House and 211 Republicans, with one race still undecided and one vacancy, so Democrats would need 217 votes.

Biden expected to distribute all available vaccine doses to states

By: - January 8, 2021

News of the policy shift comes after a group of Democratic governors — including those from Michigan, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin — this week called on federal officials to accelerate distribution of the available vaccines from Pfizer/BioTech and Moderna.