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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

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

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

By: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest private and […]

Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities

By: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON —  The federal government should re-examine its emergency response systems to better assist communities at risk from the growing threats of wildfire, state and local wildfire responders told members of Congress Tuesday. Wildfires across the United States have become larger, more intense and longer-lasting  this century in part due to changes in the global […]

Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production

By: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making a significant push for new offshore wind development to meet ambitious climate goals, but industry leaders say they also need long-term commitments and support from Congress to reach their potential. Leaders of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry called on Congress to invest in renewables at a hearing […]

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

By: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year—thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we must stand up […]

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 […]