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.

‘It’s not fine.’ Black mothers and babies are dying in Florida

By: - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Florida and throughout the United States.   The national statistics are alarming: black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. American Indian women are also more […]

Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

By: and - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency in the face of […]

Trump impeachment trial gets personal

By: - January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy.  U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours Tuesday over the parameters for the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, offering a preview of their substantive arguments and setting the tone for […]

U.S. House votes to send impeachment articles to the Senate

By: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that sends impeachment articles to the Senate and names seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the upcoming Senate trial against President Donald Trump.  The roster includes House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who have led […]

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi picks Florida’s Val Demings to make case for ousting President Trump

By: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings often discusses her resume as she describes her unlikely rise to Congress.  She’s the daughter of a maid and a janitor who climbed the ranks of the Orlando Police Department until she became the city’s first female chief of police and then a congresswoman.  Now, she’s one of […]

U.S. House votes to check President Trump on military action against Iran

By: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday on a resolution to curtail President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without first securing congressional approval.  The chamber voted 224-194, largely along party lines, to approve the resolution from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), which would direct Trump to halt the use of U.S. armed […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election, and the policies could hurt millions of Americans

By: - December 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access to campus sexual assaults. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in […]

President Donald J. Trump: Impeached

By: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.  Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political […]

FL U.S. Rep. Hastings gets tough on impeachment: ‘We’re in alternative universes’

By: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congressman on Tuesday excoriated Republicans for their opposition to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, the longest serving member of Florida’s U.S. congressional delegation, sits on the powerful House Rules Committee, which met Tuesday ahead of an expected floor vote on impeachment.  The full chamber […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach President Trump

By: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning along party lines, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House.  The Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 to advance the two articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in response […]

FL Democrat in Congress to Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos: ‘You are the most unpopular person in our government’ 

By: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness policy. DeVos appeared […]

FL Democrat calls Trump ‘clear and present danger’ ahead of impeachment vote

By: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. House Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings recalled her childhood.  “I grew up poor, but my parents were good, decent, honest people who taught me to be decent and respectful,” Demings said Wednesday night as committee […]