Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

George Floyd’s brother: ‘Make sure that he is more than another face on a t-shirt’

By: - June 10, 2020

George Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, pleaded with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to ensure that his brother didn’t die in vain. 

Pa’s Congressional Dems help roll out expansive police reform plans

By: - June 9, 2020

House Democratic leaders said they expect to soon hold hearings and a floor vote on the legislation, which they expect to pass the chamber.

Civil rights groups urge Congress to combat police brutality

By: - June 2, 2020

Hundreds of civil rights organizations urged U.S. congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to address police killings of Black people.

Despite pandemic, Trump plans scaled back July 4 bash on National Mall

By: - May 27, 2020

Democratic lawmakers from Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia have warned the White House against the public health and safety threat.

Pa.’s Casey slams Trump’s sluggish release of nursing home data: ‘This is unconscionable’ 

By: - May 21, 2020

Nursing homes have become “ground zero” in the pandemic, Casey said, “and yet there’s still no national strategy," Casey said Thursday.

U.S. EPA boss slams Chesapeake Bay lawsuit as ‘frivolous’ 

By: - May 20, 2020

U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler warned that the legal action will hamstring efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. 

Pa.’s Wild, Lamb vote against $3T COVID-19 relief bill that’s been declared ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate

By: and - May 16, 2020

Two Pennsylvania Democrats split from their party late Friday to vote against a a massive $3 trillion relief bill aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Supreme Court appearance, Shapiro’s office argues against Trump birth control rules

By: and - May 6, 2020

The Obama-era health care law requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover birth control, but the Trump administration finalized new rules that expand exemptions to employers based on religious or moral beliefs. 

Pa.’s Casey, Dems warn Trump that his order to keep meat plants open imperils workers

By: - May 5, 2020

The Democratic senators accused the administration of refusing to use its existing authority to keep workers safe amid an outbreak at the plants.

Trump signs $484B relief bill as lawmakers pledge future aid for states

By: - April 24, 2020

President Donald Trump has said he'll sign the bill, which provides a fresh infusion of cash to a loan fund aimed at helping small businesses.

Pa. officials reject Trump EPA move to ease enforcement during pandemic

By: - April 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania officials are pledging tough enforcement of environmental laws during the COVID-19 pandemic after the Trump administration announced that it would ease up on pollution rules. Late last month, the U.S. EPA laid out what the agency called a “temporary enforcement discretion policy.” It states that EPA won’t penalize polluters for failing to […]

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from COVID-19

By: - April 6, 2020

For incarcerated people, COVID-19 "infection is more likely to be a death sentence,” two experts warned of the public health implications of the pandemic