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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.

Bill to guarantee back-pay for federal workers heads to Trump

By: - January 11, 2019

Federal workers who aren’t getting their paychecks during the government shutdown appear likely to get paid — eventually. A bipartisan bill to give government employees back pay now heads to President Trump after the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure this week. Trump is expected to sign it, although it remains unclear when leaders […]

Virginia Democratic lawmakers decry ‘president’s political game,’ say federal workers getting ‘crushed’ by shutdown

By: - January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The federal shutdown dragged into Day 19 on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of affected Virginia residents unsure about when they’ll return to work or get their next paycheck. Partisan warfare continued in Washington the day after President Donald Trump’s primetime speech on what he called a “humanitarian and security crisis” along the […]

Va. senators push legislation to secure miners’ benefits

By: - January 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are trying to ensure pensions and health care benefits for coal miners at risk of losing them. The senators last week introduced the American Miners Act of 2019 along with several of their Democratic colleagues. Their legislation aims to shore up a 1974 United Mine […]

Could ‘notoriously prickly’ Jim Webb fit in with the Trump administration?

By: - January 4, 2019

Could ex-Virginia Sen. Jim Webb become President Donald Trump’s next defense secretary? The political nonconformist — who was President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Navy before he spent six years as a Democratic senator — is being considered to replace former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, The New York Times reported Thursday. Webb hasn’t said publicly whether […]

Democrats move to ax obscure rule targeting federal employees

By: - January 3, 2019

Virginia Democrats are declaring victory in their bid to kill a contentious policy that targets federal workers. House lawmakers announced that they had effectively pushed to remove the Holman Rule from the rules package slated for a vote today after the 116th Congress convenes. The obscure Holman Rule allows lawmakers to use appropriations bills to […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

By: - January 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort […]