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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.

Mueller says report doesn’t exonerate Trump; Va. congressman says it’s time to ‘move on’

By: - July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller explicitly told lawmakers Wednesday that his investigation did not “completely and totally exonerate” President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, contrary to what the president has claimed.  In the first of two back-to-back appearances before U.S. House committees, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, kicked […]

Bill to boost federal minimum wage passes House, likely to fizzle in Senate

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of […]

U.S. House votes to holds Trump officials in contempt; Virginia Democrats help kill impeachment push

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to hold two of President Donald Trump’s top officials in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  However, the body refused to consider impeachment articles against President Trump, with most Democrats […]

Resolution condemning Trump’s tweets splits Virginia delegation on party lines

By: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday night voted largely along partisan lines to approve a resolution that condemns President Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress.”  The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with four Republicans and one independent joining their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested […]

Congressional Republicans mostly keep quiet on Trump’s tweets

By: - July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans scrambled on Monday to decide how — or whether — to respond to President Trump’s continued tirade against four freshman Democratic congresswomen.  Some Republicans openly slammed the president’s comments that the congresswomen “go back” to the countries they came from (although three of the four were born in the United States). […]

Kaine says it’s ‘completely bogus’ to compare his Virginia Tech panel to GOP’s gun plan

By: and - July 10, 2019

After Republicans voted to adjourn Tuesday’s special session on gun legislation less than two hours after it began, they compared their plan to send bills to the State Crime Commission for study to the approach then Gov. Tim Kaine took following the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech. Kaine said Wednesday that while he did establish […]

Rep. Scott on $15 minimum wage bill: ‘I’d love to campaign on it’

By: - July 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd) believes the U.S. House will soon pass his legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. “I feel confident that the votes are there,” said Scott, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. House leadership has announced that the measure — a top priority […]

Democrats relent as House passes McConnell-backed border aid bill

By: - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — A $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern U.S. border is poised to be enacted after top U.S. House Democrats reluctantly helped pass a version of the legislation adopted by the U.S. Senate. The House vote on Thursday followed a week of tense negotiations over the aid funding, which federal immigration officials […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision delays census citizenship question

By: - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued two of its most-anticipated rulings of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 census and declaring that the courts can’t settle partisan gerrymandering disputes.  In a complicated decision regarding the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, […]

U.S. Senate passes border aid bill, heads to battle with House

By: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved its own $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the southern border, setting up a clash with House lawmakers who passed a dramatically different version the night before.  The Senate version passed on a vote of 84-8 with broad bipartisan support after the chamber voted to reject the […]

U.S. House approves $4.5 billion border aid package

By: - June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a $4.5 billion package late Tuesday to spend on humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border.  The bill passed by a vote of 230-195, largely along party lines. The measure lays out new health and safety conditions for children kept in federal custody and additional mechanisms for Congress to oversee […]

Some Virginia Dems back U.S. House effort to study slavery reparations

By: - June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is slated to hold a hearing today on legislation that would establish a commission to consider reparations for the descendants of slaves. At least two Virginia lawmakers — Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer — are among the dozens of co-sponsors backing the legislation. The bill isn’t expected to […]