Author

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.

Upton: ‘It didn’t make sense’ to attend Trump rally

By: - April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) got a last-minute invite to President Trump’s rally in Grand Rapids last week, but he already had plans. The longtime Republican congressman declined the invitation to participate, he said, because it didn’t fit with his hectic schedule, he told the Michigan Advance in an interview Tuesday. “It […]

Senators decry Trump administration’s ‘lack of urgency’ on PFAS

By: - March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration has failed to act swiftly enough to protect the public from harmful contaminants present in drinking water throughout the country, U.S. senators told senior administration officials Thursday. Democrats and Republicans alike expressed frustration over the federal government’s response to the widespread drinking water contamination by chemicals known as per- […]

DeVos: ‘Let’s not use disabled children in a twisted way’

By: - March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had another rough day on Capitol Hill. DeVos, a West Michigan native and former big GOP donor, appeared before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday, in which Democrats slammed her requests to slash spending on a host of federal education programs — including funding for the Special Olympics. […]

U.S. Supreme court justices seem split on redistricting case

By: - March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices appear divided over the role courts should play in cracking down on partisan gerrymandering states across the country. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in cases alleging that state legislators in Maryland and North Carolina went too far when they used politics to redraw congressional districts in their […]

Dems blast DeVos for ‘appalling’ plans to eliminate Special Olympics funding

By: - March 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — House Democrats lashed out at U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as they assailed the President Trump administration’s plans to cut programs for disabled students. DeVos appeared before a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee, her first testimony in the chamber since Democrats took control earlier this year. A Michigan native and member of […]

GOP celebrates AG’s summary of Mueller report, Dems want full report released

By: - March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Attorney General William Barr’s conclusions of the long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller have Republicans declaring victory for President Donald Trump, while Democrats demanded the full report see the light of day. Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was submitted on Sunday to […]

DeVos under fire from Michigan Dems over school sexual assault policy

By: - March 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing intense criticism from congressional Democrats and advocacy groups as she prepares to overhaul how schools handle sexual assault allegations. The forthcoming final rule — expected in the coming months — stands to be one of the most controversial moves of her tenure as education secretary. DeVos […]

Emboldened House Dems to question DeVos on Trump education cuts

By: - March 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is slated to testify in the U.S. House next week for the first time since Democrats took control of the chamber earlier this year. DeVos — a West Michigan billionaire and one of the most polarizing President Donald Trump administration officials — is scheduled to testify Tuesday before […]

Not everyone recognizes Stevens, but she’s making moves in Congress

By: - March 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Haley Stevens is ecstatic about her new job — even if her constituents don’t always recognize her. The first-term U.S. House member is back home in her Oakland and Wayne counties district this week, as Congress is not in session. Stevens, 35, said she planned to speak to students, host coffee hours and stop by […]

Peters, Stabenow vote to reject Trump’s border emergency

By: - March 14, 2019

Updated, 3:50 p.m., with comments from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. WASHINGTON — The Republican-led U.S. Senate today delivered a stinging rebuke to President Trump by voting to approve a resolution to end the national emergency he declared at the southern U.S. border. Both of Michigan’s Democratic senators, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary […]

Amash votes ‘present’ on making Mueller’s Trump report public

By: - March 14, 2019

Updated, 2:35 p.m. with comments from Congressman Andy Levin: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash was one of four Republicans who voted “present” on a resolution stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s forthcoming report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election should be made public. The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed […]

‘It shook me,’ Tlaib says of reports finding asbestos in makeup

By: - March 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) expressed outrage Tuesday over the presence of asbestos in cosmetic products used by young girls. “I think people are not realizing corporate greed is a type of cancer in our democracy right now,” the freshman lawmaker said at a U.S. House hearing on the health risks posed by […]