Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Trump admin failing ‘soldiers’ on COVID-19 front lines, Pa.’s Casey says

By: - April 1, 2020

Asked whether Trump’s critics risk over-politicizing the health care crisis, Casey pointed to “systemic failures here that have put people’s lives at risk.” 

U.S. House sends Trump $2T behemoth COVID-19 relief bill

By: and - March 27, 2020

President Donald Trump said he plans to sign the bill immediately.

Obama stimulus watchdog: ‘Bad guys’ will make play for COVID-19 relief cash

By: - March 26, 2020

Former Inpector General Earl Devaney, who led such an effort in the past, said fraudsters will undoubtedly try to game the system.

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey vote for historic $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package

By: and - March 26, 2020

The U.S. House is expected to vote Friday on the bill, which would send $1,200 checks to nearly every American home in hopes of jump-starting the economy.

$2 trillion coronavirus response deal headed to U.S Senate vote Wednesday

By: - March 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expects the Senate to pass the legislation later on Wednesday. 

On Capitol Hill, Pa. lawmakers brace for coronavirus impact: ‘It’s going to change life in America’

By: - March 19, 2020

The crisis “a strange opportunity for us to refocus.” U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean said. “We can remember how interconnected we really are.” 

COVID-19 in Pa: U.S. Sens. Casey, Toomey push for faster testing to combat crisis

By: - March 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s two United States senators want expanded access to COVID-19 testing as public health officials continue to scramble to contain the disease caused by a new coronavirus.  “We’re still quite a ways from where I think we need to end up,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.,  told reporters Tuesday on a conference call. “All […]

U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

By: - March 11, 2020

Pennsylvania's two senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican Pat Toomey, split on the vote. The House has approved its own version.

U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

By: - March 4, 2020

The challenge to Louisiana's restrictive law has implications for states across the nation. Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a brief in the case.

‘Access to abortion is hanging by a thread’: Major abortion case heads to U.S. Supreme Court on Wedneday

By: - March 3, 2020

The case centers on a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Would Sanders hurt Dems’ bid to claim Senate majority?

By: - March 2, 2020

With control of the U.S. Senate on the line this fall, there's a big question: Will Dems distance themselves from Sanders if he's the nominee?

Pa. Rep. Evans: U.S. House vote to make lynching a federal hate crime ‘sends a strong message’

By: - February 26, 2020

The House version of the bill is expected to clear the Senate later this week, during Black History Month