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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a Washington D.C. reporter for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Ohio Capital Journal.

Can Ohio’s divided congressional delegation find common ground on coronavirus?

By: - March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — How much paid leave are Ohio employers required to provide under new federal law? Will they be reimbursed? What benefits will workers get if they aren’t eligible for paid sick leave? How do restaurant and bar owners get in on the state’s liquor buyback program? Ohio U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-6th) answers these […]

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

By: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Both Ohio […]

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; 40 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 […]

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, votes no on impeachment

Dems hope one of these women can oust longtime GOP Rep. Steve Chabot

By: - March 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — For Democratic voters in and around Cincinnati, this month’s primary contest in the state’s 1st Congressional District may seem like a choice between political twins.  On the ballot: two suburban moms with similar policy positions who are staking their campaigns on health care reform — an issue that motivated both to enter the […]

Dems berate Betsy DeVos at heated Capitol Hill hearing

By: - March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The target of […]

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan takes workhorse-showhorse divide to extremes

By: - February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — One of the most influential members of Congress — and most ardent defenders of President Donald Trump — is also one of the least active legislatively. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan — the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the upper chamber’s main investigative arm — didn’t introduce any bills […]

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

By: - February 14, 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 […]

Auto worker at a Chrysler plant in Ohio

Landmark labor bill clears U.S. House

By: - February 10, 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. Ohio’s U.S. Congressional delegation split along party lines with all four Democrats voting in favor and all 12 Republicans […]

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

By: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — 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 […]

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

By: - February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Buried under news about the Iowa caucuses, the president’s State of the Union address and the end of the impeachment trial is an upcoming vote on what could be the most significant labor reform legislation in a generation. The U.S. House bill would strengthen protections for workers who organize for higher wages, better […]

Climate takes center stage in massive federal infrastructure plan

By: and - January 31, 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 […]

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

‘What year is this?’ Ohio congresswomen aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

By: - 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 […]