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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.

Reps. slam Trump budget wiping out Great Lakes funding by 90%

By: - March 11, 2019

Updated at 8:05 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s comments. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday issued his latest proposal to dramatically scale back funding for Great Lakes cleanup programs. In his fiscal year 2020 budget request, Trump suggested cutting federal spending for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from its current level of $300 […]

Why did 23 House Republicans vote against anti-discrimination resolution?

By: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly adopted an anti-bigotry resolution this week, with 23 Republicans voting against the measure. The resolution, whose lead author was U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities. House Resolution 183 was approved late Thursday by a vote of 407-23, with only Republicans opposing it. […]

House Democrats pass sweeping voting rights, ethics legislation

By: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s congressional delegation was split down the middle on Friday as the U.S. House passed a broad election reform and ethics bill that Democrats have made their top legislative priority this Congress. The 14-member delegation is evenly divided by Republicans and Democrats and the vote on Friday followed that pattern. https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/videos/293612517949659/?__xts__[0]=68.ARCapWMhPPit1sjngFYQokQtZudMeX5XWuqQ_LLx3kg-5Xb5tMXh4zI_OrJThX8_0sHcQ4giuCciAimuZR4Aw0DCywKp8HNnSwoQi4SzKVAQ10xgo6iOtEK30W-9YCJijU5lPlWJuLIFkxiCmJtLiCPbswfcbZDmZuZM4ZvBZCGIKQHwPkhuSDwWa1dP9lFRY5Nruz5irbYFutGABoh8zh27iEsb2iCBCUlvBMjGvf-d1kfaeiX98nVEsRziS9XaMdyJNrOgwSFwlUlFM620axP-5QYVUafuspnTBhN4FYIpPWLObdyfnjcq7H51L-otZUQ_TGP7bc_qVZ1VU6o4XeLQm-j3524&__tn__=-R “Too many […]

Dems want Trump administration docs on FBI move

By: - March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Five senior House Democrats are demanding that the Trump administration fork over documents regarding the decision to scrap the plan to relocate the FBI headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., to the suburbs. The Democrats — U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Dina Titus of Nevada, Peter DeFazio of Oregon […]

Dems: Trump administration failing to ensure clean drinking water

By: - March 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and other Democrats on Wednesday accused the President Trump administration of failing to act swiftly enough to protect the public from dangerous chemicals found in drinking water. At a hearing held by the U.S. House Oversight Committee, Kildee criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Defense […]

Upton, Amash among 13 Republicans rebuking Trump on border wall

By: - February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted on Tuesday to block President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration, delivering a stinging rebuke to the White House. The president is attempting to use the declaration to circumvent Congress to secure billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border. The chamber voted 245-182 for a […]

Stabenow wants companies to lower drug prices

By: - February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) was among the lawmakers who grilled pharmaceutical executives Tuesday on the soaring costs of prescription drugs. In a packed hearing room on Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike criticized the leaders of seven major companies — Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi — […]

Schwarz joins 24 Republicans urging Congress to block Trump’s emergency power play

By: - February 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Republican former Michigan congressman is urging current GOP representatives to fight President Trump’s emergency declaration. Joe Schwarz, a moderate Republican who represented Michigan’s 7th District from 2005 until 2007, was among 25 former Republican lawmakers signing an open letter asking current GOP representatives to “put the country and its Constitution above everything, […]

Amash is lone Republican to sign on to measure blocking Trump’s wall

By: - February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican who has joined a Democratic-led effort in the U.S. House to block President Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress and secure funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border. A House resolution to block the White House’s effort was introduced Friday by U.S. Rep. Joaquin […]

Peters wants answers from DeVos over effort to fire watchdog

By: - February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is demanding answers from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about her department’s abrupt decision last month to fire its internal watchdog. Peters, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was one of five House and Senate lawmakers who sent DeVos a […]

Michigan Dems condemn Trump’s national emergency to build wall

By: - February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — The feud over funding the federal government shifted Friday into another fight over President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the southern U.S. border. As Trump reached a last-minute deal with the divided U.S. Congress to avert another government shutdown, the president announced Friday that he was declaring a national emergency, circumventing […]

Stabenow touts Medicare buy-in plan, says Peters is a ‘progressive’ senator

By: - February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow thinks there’s still plenty of room to find bipartisan compromise in Congress, despite the near-constant political warfare on Capitol Hill. The Lansing Democrat just kicked off her 19th year in the Senate, where she’s the top Democrat on the agriculture committee and the chair of the Senate Democratic Policy […]