Alabama abortion law stirs constitutionality debate among 2020 candidates
Alabama abortion law stirs constitutionality debate among 2020 candidates

Some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are once again protesting the Alabama law that provides a near-total ban on abortion. It's creating controversy over what is considered a "constitutional right."

May 17th, 4:25 PM EDT
Kelly plans to reintroduce infrastructure bill
Kelly plans to reintroduce infrastructure bill

National Infrastructure Week continues Thursday in Washington and around the United States. It comes as talks still continue between the White House and top Democrats on how to pay for a comprehensive infrastructure package.

May 16th, 3:45 PM EDT
Rising child care costs at the heart of new Casey proposal
Rising child care costs at the heart of new Casey proposal

By some estimates, child care can cost more than college on an annual basis. In Pennsylvania, it’s an average of more than $11,500.

May 10th, 3:21 PM EDT
Senators consider raising smoking age to 21 nationwide
Senators consider raising smoking age to 21 nationwide

If a group of U.S. Senators have it their way, younger Americans will have to be a little bit older to buy a pack of cigarettes.

May 8th, 4:52 PM EDT
Biden courts unions, independents in Pittsburgh kick off rally
Biden courts unions, independents in Pittsburgh kick off rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden officially kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign rallying union workers in Pittsburgh on Monday. This was his first official campaign stop after announcing his bid on Thursday.

April 29th, 6:51 PM EDT
Reed's SPIKE Act pushes for transparent prescription drug costs
Reed's SPIKE Act pushes for transparent prescription drug costs

Analysts at AARP found brand name drugs jumped an average of nearly $5,000 from 2006-2017. But if priced at the rate of inflation during the same time period, that increase would’ve been significantly less, around $500.

April 26th, 2:52 PM EDT
Casey endorses Biden as former Vice President launches 2020 bid
Casey endorses Biden as former Vice President launches 2020 bid

U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for President in 2020, according to a statement released Thursday morning.

April 25th, 9:44 AM EDT
Crawford Central Superintendent among D.C. education panel
Crawford Central Superintendent among D.C. education panel

The superintendent of the Crawford Central School District is among a group of educators on a panel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The group that invited those educators are proposing sweeping changes of the American public education system.

April 23rd, 5:31 PM EDT
Expanding the Supreme Court? Toomey, GOP Senators say no.
Expanding the Supreme Court? Toomey, GOP Senators say no.

From nine Supreme Court justices to eleven? Even more?
Democrats on the 2020 presidential campaign trail have been floating a number of reforms they would like to see for the Supreme Court.

April 19th, 9:18 AM EDT
Laughlin leads Erie delegation to White House Opportunity Zones Conference
Laughlin leads Erie delegation to White House Opportunity Zones Conference

State Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49th District) and local economic leaders were among the nearly 200 attendees from 40 states at the first-ever White House Opportunity Zones Conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

April 17th, 4:59 PM EDT
Dairy trade groups push for USMCA as talks slow in Congress
Dairy trade groups push for USMCA as talks slow in Congress

Dairy producers and industry trade groups have a lot to gain from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But they also have a lot to lose if the deal falls through in Congress.

April 16th, 5:13 PM EDT
House plan bars IRS from offering free filing services, provides millions in filing assistance funds
House plan bars IRS from offering free filing services, provides millions in filing assistance funds

This change is unlikely to affect low-income filers because many existing free tax-prep assistance programs will still remain available.

April 11th, 5:22 PM EDT
Toomey, Schumer launch Fentanyl sanctions bill against China
Toomey, Schumer launch Fentanyl sanctions bill against China

Their proposal would impose direct sanctions on drug manufacturers in China who knowingly ship synthetic opioids to drug traffickers in Mexico, and other nations, and ultimately sell in the United States.

April 9th, 3:59 PM EDT
Toomey says Pittsburgh gun law is 'not a good direction,' talks new gun safety bill
Toomey says Pittsburgh gun law is 'not a good direction,' talks new gun safety bill

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says he does not agree with the controversial assault weapons ban passed by Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday, saying the decision is “not a good direction” for common sense gun safety and reform.

April 4th, 4:58 PM EDT
Gannon professor joins Kelly at NATO leader's Congressional address
Gannon professor joins Kelly at NATO leader's Congressional address

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, addressed Congress Wednesday in a rare joint meeting of the House and Senate.

April 3rd, 1:28 PM EDT
Alzheimer's research advocates push Congress to pass bill helping underserved patients
Alzheimer's research advocates push Congress to pass bill helping underserved patients

More than 1,200 advocates for Alzheimer’s disease research are on Capitol Hill this week, including two Alzheimer’s Association chapters from Pennsylvania represented by more than fifty members.

April 2nd, 3:04 PM EDT
How will the Mueller report factor into the 2020 race?
How will the Mueller report factor into the 2020 race?

If last night was any indication, it’s likely to help him with his base at future rallies. But analysts are also warning Trump to tread lightly.

March 29th, 4:59 PM EDT
House fails to override Trump's veto, national emergency stands
House fails to override Trump's veto, national emergency stands

The results of the 248-181 vote were mostly expected, but fall short of the two-thirds majority required for a veto override.

March 26th, 7:01 PM EDT
Trump meets with Kelly, GOP lawmakers for USMCA support
Trump meets with Kelly, GOP lawmakers for USMCA support

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly was among the invitees for the afternoon meeting, Kelly told Erie News Now Tuesday morning.

March 26th, 5:56 PM EDT
House Democrats scramble for votes to override Trump veto
House Democrats scramble for votes to override Trump veto

The House could vote as soon as Tuesday to override Trump’s veto on the national emergency declaration centered around the border wall.

March 21st, 12:51 PM EDT
Here's what is likely next for Trump's national emergency declaration
Here's what is likely next for Trump's national emergency declaration

President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday. With opponents of the national emergency declaration unlikely to override his veto in the U.S. House, things will likely turn to the courts.

March 15th, 4:50 PM EDT
Congressman Thompson Aims to Reauthorize, Modernize Block Grants
March 14th, 7:30 PM EDT
Toomey among dozen GOP Senators opposing Trump's national emergency
Toomey among dozen GOP Senators opposing Trump's national emergency

Toomey confirmed his position to Erie News Now more than an hour before the Senate voted on the resolution. He had been among a growing number of Senate Republicans considering a “no” vote throughout the week.

March 14th, 4:41 PM EDT
Kelly pledges to uphold Great Lakes funding despite Trump's proposed cuts
Kelly pledges to uphold Great Lakes funding despite Trump's proposed cuts

This is the third consecutive year Trump has called for cuts or even attempted to eliminate the program. However, Great Lakes lawmakers have been able to restore the funding in the final budget in previous years.

March 12th, 10:59 AM EDT
Jefferson's first 'Raimy Fellows' class meets D.C. policymakers, lawmakers
Jefferson's first 'Raimy Fellows' class meets D.C. policymakers, lawmakers

The trip caps months of research and studies that comes together in one final report they’re handing to lawmakers and top policy leaders.

March 8th, 5:22 PM EST
Reed hopes to rein in executive emergency declaration powers
Reed hopes to rein in executive emergency declaration powers

The president’s power to declare a national emergency could end up in the hands of Congress. That is, if a proposal from New York Rep. Tom Reed gains traction.

March 5th, 4:23 PM EST
Sanders floats Erie visit as strike continues at Wabtec plant
Sanders floats Erie visit as strike continues at Wabtec plant

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he would consider visiting Erie to support and show solidarity for union members striking Wabtec, his latest statement regarding the tense labor contract dispute.

February 28th, 4:50 PM EST
Casey among Democrats supporting affordable child care proposal
Casey among Democrats supporting affordable child care proposal

Under the plan, parents or guardians would pay no more than seven percent of the annual income.

February 26th, 5:19 PM EST
Gillibrand renews effort to extend 9/11 victims fund
Gillibrand renews effort to extend 9/11 victims fund

Members of New York’s Congressional delegation, led by 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, began scrambling Monday to prevent funding for a program aiding 9/11 first responders and survivors from running out.

February 25th, 9:47 PM EST
The politics of a pint: the push to extend craft beer tax cuts
The politics of a pint: the push to extend craft beer tax cuts

Believe it or not, there is actually something bringing members of Congress together in this divided time: beer.

February 21st, 2:39 PM EST