Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Pa.’s Casey votes for anti-abortion bills rejected by the U.S. Senate

By: - February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor […]

Pa’s Dean: ‘I’m looking forward to … telling my granddaughters,’ as U.S. House removes ERA barrier

By: and - February 13, 2020

Many Republican lawmakers argued on the House floor Thursday that the Equal Rights Amendment would be used by supporters to fight abortion restrictions.

Pa.’s Toomey, Casey split on Trump impeachment acquittal

By: - February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has survived impeachment, but he didn’t emerge unscathed.  The U.S. Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump on charges that he abused his power by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. presidential election and then obstructed a congressional investigation into his actions.  The vote was almost entirely partisan, but […]

In State of the Union, Trump makes the pitch for four more years. Nancy Pelosi tore up the speech

By: - February 5, 2020

The partisan animosity that has gripped Washington throughout the impeachment proceedings was on stark display on Tuesday night.

U.S. House Dems make their final pitch for ousting Trump: ‘He will do it again’ 

By: - February 3, 2020

U.S. House Democrats on Monday made their closing arguments for removing President Donald Trump from office, insisting that leaving him in the White House guarantees he’ll cheat in the 2020 presidential election. 

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split on Senate vote rejecting impeachment witnesses

By: and - January 31, 2020

Pennsylvania's two United States senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican, Pat Toomey, each voted with their respective caucuses.

U.S. House votes to limit Trump’s war authority (again). Here’s how Pa. lawmakers voted.

By: and - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force that allowed the George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq.  Most House Democrats joined 11 Republicans and one independent to approve a resolution to approve the repeal amid concerns about escalating […]

On its first day, Trump impeachment trial gets personal in the Senate

By: - January 21, 2020

Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy. 

As impeachment heads to the Senate, Pa. Dems call for transparency, witnesses; GOP lines up behind Trump

By: and - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran, a former cop and a congressional aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings are among the U.S. House Democrats who will soon make the case for ousting President Donald Trump from office.  The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that named seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the […]

Pa.’s Congressional delegation splits on party lines on House vote to check Trump on Iran

By: and - January 9, 2020

The Senate could vote as early as next week on a similar resolution from Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. 

A ‘real rush’ of Trump rule changes are expected ahead of the 2020 election. What they mean to you | Analysis

By: - December 29, 2019

Everything from food stamps to climate change will be on the table as the White House braces for a contentious 2020 campaign season.

U.S. House Dems decry Trump’s food stamp cuts: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud’

By: - December 19, 2019

The administration estimates that about 688,000 people nationwide will lose access to nutrition benefits under the new regulation.