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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based non-profit news outlets that includes the Florida Phoenix.

Democrats seek support for survivors of Native American boarding schools

By: - August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month for the government to set […]

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

By: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Native American children traveled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

By: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it protects endangered species—making […]

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

By: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

Biden banks on offshore wind to help curb climate change

By: - April 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters. The pilot project began producing power last October but is just the beginning for an industry poised for massive growth over the next decade. Longtime […]

U.S. House Agriculture panel to key in on climate change and farming

By: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eyeing programs to support U.S. farmers — who have suffered catastrophic losses from severe weather events in recent years — in reducing carbon emissions on their land. In his first major policy hearing as House Agriculture Committee chairman, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) said that the issue of climate change would be […]

U.S. Senate Republicans trying to insert private school tuition into the next COVID-19 aid package

By: - September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are pushing to underwrite private school tuition as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic against opposition from teachers’ unions, civil rights groups, and other who warn of diverting money from public schools Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the powerful chairman of the Senate panel that oversees education policy, is leading […]

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under new push in Congress

By: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Moves are afoot in Congress to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks— and they’re gaining traction as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, included language in the agency’s fiscal 2021 […]

Record numbers of U.S. women are making a bid for Congress

By: - August 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — More women from across the nation are running for Congress this year than ever before, with Kansas leading the way in making history on the ballot. For the first time ever, there will be a female candidate in each of Kansas’ U.S. House and Senate races in November. All of the Democratic contenders […]

Top Homeland Security official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from violent protests

By: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers  that federal agents could exert force in […]

Confirmation in doubt for controversial Pentagon nominee Tata after Senate cancels hearing

By: - July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan backlash against Anthony Tata, the former North Carolina government official who was President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for a senior Pentagon position, has thrown his nomination into doubt. Thursday evening CNN reported that Senate sources expect the White House to withdraw his name. And Tata’s nomination was already in doubt after Republicans […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

By: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]