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

Will Congress bail out ailing local news outlets? 

By: and - May 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Politicians are banding together to try to rescue local news media from economic collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing to fix a small business lending program so that it applies to local news publishers and broadcasters affiliated with […]

Dems unveil $3T pandemic relief bill, includes Peters’ ‘Heroes Fund’

By: - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats unveiled an economic relief package of epic proportions Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The sweeping legislation carries a whopping $3 trillion-plus price tag — more than the combined total of four coronavirus response bills passed this year. Democrats called it “bold” and “transformative” and said it is needed to meet […]

Lawmakers press Congress for more relief cash for rural America

By: - May 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers are urging Congress to help rural America in the next round of coronavirus legislation. Congress approved more than $2 trillion in response to the pandemic in March, but many lawmakers say it doesn’t do enough to address the needs of rural Americans. Media coverage of the pandemic has focused on urban […]

DeVos finalizes sexual assault rules that critics say ‘roll back the clock’ 

By: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finalized rules Wednesday that the administration says will improve due process in campus sexual assault cases, but that critics warn could discourage victims from coming forward. The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal regulations governing schools’ obligations to […]

The next big clash on Capitol Hill: State bailouts

By: and - May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — State and federal lawmakers alike want Congress to send more cash in the next round of COVID-19 legislation to aid ailing cities and states. House lawmakers introduced a proposal in early April that would send $250 billion in “stabilization funds” to cities and towns in addition to separate aid for states. “We’re pushing […]

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

By: - April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly $500 billion package passed by unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access in Michigan and nationwide

By: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) joined more than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency […]

Dingell, Tlaib want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

By: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) were among the more than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power.

By: - April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — It’s National Census Day. Organizations across the country are marking the occasion with webinars, virtual rallies, Twitter chats and other digital events throughout the week. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than […]

Military at risk from COVID-19: ‘Anxieties are really high’

By: - March 31, 2020

The Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” A $2 trillion federal spending package is set to inject $10.5 billion into the Defense Department as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Senate Appropriations […]

2nd major coronavirus package clears Congress, 3rd in works

By: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support, including from both of Michigan’s U.S. senators, Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread […]

Amash votes ‘present’ on coronavirus response bill, all other Michigan reps. vote yes

By: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]