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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.

Virginia Republicans join with Democrats to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

By: - October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60.  All four of Virginia’s Republican congressmen joined six Democrats in the delegation in […]

Has impeachment quashed prospects of gun control? 

By: - October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months ago — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised a debate on federal efforts to curb gun violence in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton and […]

Bipartisan Senate report urges White House to combat 2020 election interference

By: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections.  The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The warning […]

Va. House Democrats unanimously back impeachment inquiry

By: and - September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — It’s official: President Donald Trump is the subject of a U.S. House impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that they’re moving forward with an “official impeachment inquiry” into the president in the wake of reports that he pressured the Ukranian president to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. […]

Luria, McEachin and Spanberger join calls for impeachment inquiries

By: - September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, and Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, joined five other freshman House Democrats on Monday night saying that — if true — recent allegations leveled against President Trump “represent an impeachable offense.” Rep. Don McEachin, D-Richmond, issued a separate statement joining calls for impeachment late Tuesday morning, leaving Rep. Bobby […]

Kaine grills Trump’s pick for labor secretary on UVA article questioning gay rights

By: - September 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — When Eugene Scalia was a fourth-year English major at the University of Virginia in 1985, he penned an article for the student paper about gay rights.  In it, he referred to a lesbian couple that had visited the university, “the proud parents of a daughter fathered by a homosexual acquaintance.” He went on, […]

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation; Fla. GOP rep. calls it ‘impeachment in drag’

By: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats edged closer to Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 along party lines to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment investigation in the committee.  The vote came after two hours of heated debate over Democrats’ motivations. The committee’s […]

Va. Rep. Cline joins GOP lawmakers in opposing gun control bills 

By: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday over unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

Ex-labor reporter: Trump hasn’t made America great for workers

By: - September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has “not made America great again for American workers,” a former longtime New York Times labor reporter told an audience here on Monday. Steven Greenhouse | Twitter Steven Greenhouse, who covered the labor movement for the Times for almost two decades, recently released a book titled, “Beaten Down, Worked Up: […]

Virginia is a ‘bellwether’ on gun control. Here’s how things have changed

By: - September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — When Congress passed the landmark background check legislation known as the Brady Bill back in 1993, two Virginia Republicans were among the 54 GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House who voted to send the bill to President Bill Clinton’s desk. They were: ex-Reps. Herbert Bateman and Frank Wolf. Four Virginia Democrats voted against […]

Va. Dems to Mitch McConnell: Pass languishing gun control bill

By: - August 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — In the wake of two devastating mass shootings over the weekend, Virginia Democrats are imploring the U.S. Senate to vote on sweeping gun control legislation the U.S. House passed in February. After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which killed at least 29 people and injured many more, Virginia members of the […]

Trump’s Interior Department is sidelining scientists, experts warn lawmakers; Virginia congressmen skip hearing

By: - July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration has been sidelining researchers and suppressing climate change science at the U.S. Interior Department, experts warned Congress this week.  A climate change scientist and a former senior executive staffer at the Interior Department told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing Thursday that their work on climate […]