Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a reporter for States Newsroom's Washington, D.C. bureau.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) smiles after receiving the gavel from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) following her election as the next Speaker of the House | Win McNamee, Getty Images

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; Wisconsin Republicans dissent

By: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — 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 […]

Latest Wisconsin shooting does little to move gun safety discourse in Washington

By: - March 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation gathered on the floor of the U.S. House last week to mourn the victims of last week’s shooting at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee. But Rep. Gwen Moore — a Democrat who represents the city in Congress and who lost a friend that day — is skeptical […]

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Measuring effectiveness and ideology of Wisconsin’s members of Congress

By: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ron Kind doesn’t hold any leadership positions in Congress or chair any powerful committees or subcommittees. But he is nonetheless among its most effective members — at least according to a new report card by, a nonpartisan organization that tracks government data and analyzes the bills and votes of federal […]

President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, en route to Manchester- Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. | Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour via Flickr Public Domain

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

By: - February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — 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. “The resolution before the body today is about Congress reclaiming its […]

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Landmark labor bill clears U.S. House

By: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed landmark pro-labor legislation Thursday 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 Wisconsin representatives voted with the majority of their party. The measure, known as the Protecting the Right to […]

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Wis. Dems advance pro-union reforms with an eye toward Nov. elections

By: - February 6, 2020

UPDATE: The bill passed the House largely along party lines by a vote of 224-194 with all Wisconsin representatives joining with the majority of their party. More on the Thursday night vote can be found here.   WASHINGTON — Buried under news about the Iowa caucuses, the president’s State of the Union address and the […]

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

By: and - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON/MADISON — 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 […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

By: and - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match.  The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

U.S. House votes 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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U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto

By: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

By: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote this 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 and co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called […]

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Trump has appointed judges at breakneck speed. More are coming

By: - December 23, 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 […]