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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a Washington correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes Kansas Reflector.

Federal rural health panel led by former Gov. Jeff Colyer offers little help for public on COVID-19

By: - October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The pandemic is ripping through rural America, but the website for a federal advisory panel on rural health led by former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is silent on COVID-19. And Colyer, a Republican and Overland Park, Kansas, physician, continues to tout the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment despite warnings about its […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

By: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — including by none other than the president. These are […]

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

By: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not have been allowed to take […]

‘Significantly more support’: Gov. Laura Kelly pleads with Congress for emergency assistance

By: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was expected to unveil the details of the Republicans' proposal for extending jobless benefits but adjourned without doing so. (Jan. 23, 2020, photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states

By: - September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday and were met with swift objections from Democrats. The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance, and it appeared it wouldn’t go far enough to resolve a monthslong stalemate over […]

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

By: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

By: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

By: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago. In a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrats pressed DeJoy over an internal report made public over the weekend showing steep […]

Kansas' three Republicans in the U.S. House vote against bill limiting reform at U.S. Postal Service until after November election. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat, voted for the bill. (April 15, 2020, photo in Kings Park, N.Y., by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Postal Service bill passed by U.S. House splits Kansas delegation on party line

By: - August 23, 2020

Kansas' three GOP members of U.S. House voted against, and the delegation's lone Democrat endorsed, bill blocking changes to Postal Service until Jan. 1.

Postmaster general insists it’s his ‘sacred duty’ to ensure election mail on time

By: - August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic but said the agency is fully capable of […]

President Donald Trump addresses the nation in March from the Oval Office about the widening coronavirus crisis. He is expected to sign a bill that provides $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog. (Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

By: and - August 8, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with […]

Republican senator presses reluctant GOP leadership for billions in state, local aid in next relief deal

By: - August 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, is making a strong push to rescue ailing state and local governments in a fifth coronavirus relief bill — but his party’s leaders are resisting as they debate the contours of the next package. The freshman senator is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for […]