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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens has reported for States Newsroom's Washington, D.C. bureau. She is a writer, editor, and communications strategist in Northern Virginia and can be reached at www.allisonstevens.com.

Peters lays into postmaster general over 1000s of complaints

By: - August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile U.S. Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the President Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic, but said the agency is fully […]

Trump official says he’s suspending post office overhaul until after the election

By: - August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall. DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes, […]

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Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

By: and - August 9, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 […]

Peters grills acting Homeland Security chief on federal agents

By: - August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Ore., saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack. “That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a seat of justice,” said Acting […]

GOP senator presses reluctant leadership for billions in state, local aid in next relief deal

By: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is making a strong push to rescue ailing state and local governments in a fifth coronavirus relief bill — but his party’s leaders are resisting as they debate the contours of the next package. The freshman senator is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for $500 billion […]

Rep. Stevens: Childcare rescue package is critical for the economy

By: - July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s childcare system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the childcare industry in the longer term. The bills now advance […]

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol one more time

By: - July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must […]

Senate Republicans pursue benefits pay cut for jobless, adjourn without action

By: - July 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal for a fifth […]

Vulnerable Dem incumbents look toward November with big money leads

By: and - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s most vulnerable members of the U.S. House are stockpiling cash in preparation for heated battles for reelection this fall. In the meantime, Republicans vying for the right to take them on lag far behind in the money race as they wage contested battles for their party’s upcoming Aug. 4 primary — and […]

Dingell ’emotional’ as House passes bipartisan public lands bill, next stop Trump’s desk

By: and - July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

The rent is coming due. Will Congress offer more relief?

By: - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The nation’s political leaders have returned to the capital this week with their sights on a fifth — and perhaps final — round of coronavirus relief before the November elections. The stakes are high and the timetable is short: Three weeks remain before Congress is set to adjourn for its August recess — […]

Dingell pans Dem-led committee for axing PFAS cleanup from defense bill

By: - July 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — An effort to crack down on toxic chemicals has been thwarted again — this time by Democrats. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell — a Dearborn Democrat who has championed the issue in Congress — and other lawmakers were hoping to amend a defense authorization bill this week with a series of strong provisions to […]