Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

‘The American people have a right to know:’ Pa. lawmakers back U.S. House vote to make Mueller report public

By: - March 14, 2019

Top Democrats called the adoption of the resolution an important step toward promoting transparency.

‘A slap in the face’: Environmentalists slam Trump’s proposal to slash Chesapeake Bay cleanup funds

By: - March 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday issued his latest proposal to dramatically scale back the funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs. In his fiscal 2020 budget request, Trump suggested cutting federal spending for the Chesapeake Bay Program from its current level of $73 million to $7.3 million. The answer from the activists at the […]

‘This bill is revolutionary:’ Pa.’s congressional Dems get behind sweeping voting rights, ethics bill

By: - March 8, 2019

The bill faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have denounced it as a massive federal overreach

Pa. U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wants EPA to get tough in efforts to clean up toxic chemicals in drinking water

By: - March 6, 2019

The Trump EPA announced an “action plan” in February to address the health problems, but some lawmakers say that isn’t enough.

‘This is about the Constitution’: Pa’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick votes with Dems to nullify Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - February 26, 2019

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it's on Republicans to decide whether to rebuke the White House.

Former Republican Pa. congressman urges GOP to vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - February 25, 2019

Ex-Congressman William Clinger, who was chairman of the House Oversight Committee in the 1990s, has been critical of Trump in the past.

Wolf, in D.C. for governors’ meeting, says Philly rapper Meek Mill’s case exposes criminal justice flaws

By: - February 23, 2019

“This is the holy grail of politics,” Wolf said Saturday. “You can bring extreme right and extreme left together because it’s not only fair, it’s smart and it actually gets people back into the economy.”

Trump averts a shutdown – but Pa.’s Congressional delegation splits on the White House’s end run on border funding

By: - February 15, 2019

Trump’s declaration comes as he failed to secure congressional support for more than $5 billion he wanted for border security in a broader spending bill that funds a variety of federal agencies.

Bucks County GOP U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick joins with Dems to snub Trump on climate change

By: - February 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the lone Republican in a group of 59 House lawmakers supporting a symbolic rebuke of President Trump’s international climate change policies. Fitzpatrick, a moderate Republican whose Bucks County-based 1st District is a key electoral battleground in 2020,  joined dozens of Democrats to introduce a resolution opposing Trump’s […]

Meet the Pennsylvania Republican who’s playing defense on Trump’s tax returns

By: - February 8, 2019

Philly Dems. Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle now wield clout in the new majority WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly has emerged as a central player in U.S. House Republicans’ efforts to discourage the new Democratic majority from securing President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Kelly, whose sprawling 16th District seat stretches from the shores of […]

In State of the Union, Trump calls for unity – will Pa. lawmakers buy in?

By: - February 6, 2019

By Robin Bravender, Capital-Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, […]