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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.

COVID-19 has ‘exacerbated educational disparities’ for Black students, former Education Secretary tells Congress

By: - June 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, a disparity that Congress needs to help rectify, the former education chief under President Barack Obama told lawmakers Monday. “Our education system is fraught with inequities that existed before COVID-19,” John King Jr., who served as Secretary of Education in 2016-2017, told House lawmakers […]

Lawmakers: Trump’s environmental rollbacks threaten minority communities

By: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic and critics warn the move could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods around the country. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could impose disproportionate harm on minority communities that live near pipeline and […]

Governors warn Congress more federal help is needed to avoid COVID-19 resurgence

By: - June 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The federal government needs to assist states with a national strategy for distribution of COVID-19 tests and medical equipment or risk a second surge of the disease, Democratic governors told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked Congress for more federal help as states try […]

Fauci warns that reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’

By: - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official has warned U.S. senators that reopening the economy too quickly could cause suffering, death, and an even longer economic setback. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, warned lawmakers Tuesday against a surge of […]

Florida universities get millions they can’t share with DACA students

By: - May 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Florida colleges and universities will receive nearly $740 million in emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the state’s most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t […]

Visitors flock to national parks after Trump waives fees; FL and other states close their parks

By: and - March 26, 2020

The Trump administration has encouraged Americans to head to national parks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, but Florida and several other states have closed their state parks temporarily or indefinitely to protect both visitors and staff. Outdoors enthusiasts longing to head outdoors can still find places to hike, bike and paddle but the […]

U.S. Senate Democrats slam Trump officials for coronavirus response

By: - March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. […]

State health experts ask Congress for help combating opioid crisis

By: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — States need sustained, flexible federal funding to support programs working to reduce deaths and addiction from opioids and other drugs, state health officials told Congress this week. Public health officials asked lawmakers for continued commitment to Medicaid and programs that help states address drug addiction. A panel of the U.S. House Energy and […]

Congress reaches landmark deal on paid family leave for federal employees   

By: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

Dems in Congress battle U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over student loan forgiveness

By: - November 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as hundreds of thousands of borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent. DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House […]

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U.S. House votes to ban drilling off FL Gulf Coast; “Leave my beloved Florida alone,” one lawmaker says

By: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — All but one Florida lawmaker in the U.S. House voted on Wednesday to block oil and gas leasing off of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The House voted 248-180 to pass  H.R. 205, a proposal from Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) that would block oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast […]

Former EPA bosses – 3 dating back to Reagan and Bush – say the agency is deeply troubled under Trump

By: - June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency this week, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health for years to come. The former EPA chiefs — who led the agency under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. […]