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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.

Democrats zero in on abuse of power, bribery, obstruction allegations. Cline calls impeachment process a ‘farce.’

By: - December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying out their framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.  The lawyer for Judiciary […]

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight 

By: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare. The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]

U.S. Supreme Court takes up major gun rights case this week

By: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its ideological shift with the […]

Rep. McEachin rolls out ambitious climate bill

By: - November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Don McEachin, D-Richmond, introduced ambitious legislation this week that would commit the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.  McEachin’s bill, which has more than 150 co-sponsors in the House and the backing of national environmental groups, has been in the works for months. It would require […]

Fifteen Va. Superfund sites threatened by climate change, watchdog agency says

By: - November 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — Fifteen of the most contaminated sites in Virginia are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office, an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and sea […]

Rep. McEachin returns to Washington after illness, plans to run in 2020

By: - November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Don McEachin is back on Capitol Hill and says he plans to run in 2020 despite recent health problems. The Richmond Democrat, 58, has been away from Washington for about three months as he recovered from surgeries he underwent in August. “I am excited to be back in Washington at work […]

In the wake of Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment 

By: - November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.  Rep. Ben Cline, a Republican who represents the 6th District in Southwest and the only Virginian on the Judiciary panel, voted […]

Virginia delegation splits along party lines on impeachment vote

By: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — With Virginia’s delegation splitting along party lines, the U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Lawmakers adopted a resolution that lays out procedures for the inquiry that is already taking place in the House. That investigation is centered on whether the president abused his power by […]

Attempt to unravel Trump policy that weakens Obamacare fails in Senate

By: - October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins was the […]

U.S. House Democrats assail Trump policy that weakens transgender protections 

By: - October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration policy that weakens transgender protections at homeless shelters was under fire on Capitol Hill at a hearing Tuesday.  At a U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing on housing and lending discrimination against the LGBTQ community, lawmakers took aim at a proposal from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that […]

U.S. House votes to sanction Turkey, recognize Armenian genocide

By: - October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation with broad bipartisan support to impose sanctions against Turkey for its military invasion of northern Syria.  Lawmakers also voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to adopt a resolution that commemorates the Armenian genocide, when an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923 in the Ottoman […]

Rep. McEachin hasn’t returned to Capitol Hill since August surgeries

By: - October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Rep. Don McEachin is still recovering from an August medical procedure, and hasn’t returned to Capitol Hill since then, his office told the Mercury on Friday. McEachin, who represents the 4th District, is “currently recovering from a non-life threatening surgery,” his spokeswoman Ariana Valderrama said in an email. “He is in […]