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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a Washington D.C. reporter for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes Nevada Current.

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

By: - March 27, 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.” The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly adopted a $2 trillion spending package on Wednesday night that would inject $10.5 billion into the Defense Department as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, according […]

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Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the 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. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. The package […]

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House passes coronavirus response bill; Trump urges Senate to do the same

By: - March 14, 2020

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 loom. The […]

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DeVos is wild about vouchers & charters; Dems not wild about her

By: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The target […]

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U.S. Senate approves bipartisan measure to curb Trump’s military power

By: - February 13, 2020

The U.S. Senate issued a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump Thursday when it approved a resolution that would curtail his ability to take military action against Iran without first securing congressional approval. The resolution passed with support from 55 senators, including eight Republicans. All 47 senators who caucus with the Democratic Party (45 Democrats and two independents) backed the […]

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Congressional Dems advance labor reforms with eye toward November

By: - February 10, 2020

The U.S. House passed landmark pro-labor legislation last week that backers said could begin to reverse the country’s decades-long decline in union membership. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 224-194. All three Nevada Democrats voted for it, and the state’s one Republican in the house voted against it.  The measure, […]

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At ‘emergency’ summit, Congressional Black Caucus calls for Trump’s defeat

By: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) laid out their agenda for the year Tuesday at an “emergency summit” at the U.S. Capitol. Atop their to-do list: ensure a full and accurate count of people of color in the decennial census this year and elect a new president in November.  “There’s a lot […]

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Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will they do anything?

By: - January 30, 2020

Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave.  But they disagree on how to do it.  U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill this week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on the best […]

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Climate takes center stage in House infrastructure plan

By: and - January 29, 2020

U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country.  A central theme throughout the Democratic plan: combating the climate crisis.  The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency against the impacts of […]

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House approves Lee resolution to torpedo DeVos student loan rule

By: - January 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  Led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee, the resolution was […]

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House to vote on Lee’s strike at ‘burdensome’ DeVos debt relief rule

By: - January 10, 2020

The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by President Donald Trump’s […]

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Trump has appointed judges at a breakneck speed. More are coming.

By: - December 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the same […]