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Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

One year after East Palestine derailment, Congress mulling tax break for relief payments

By: - February 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden drew renewed attention to the site of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment during a Friday visit, as Congress considers a bill that would relieve victims from federal taxes on compensation after the massive freight train calamity that leaked hazardous chemicals into communities one year ago. The large tax policy […]

Trump’s calendar becoming crowded as legal battles escalate in New York, D.C.

By: and - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s days of fighting criminal charges in two courts could be arriving soon. Special Counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday not to pause federal election interference proceedings, and a New York state judge on Thursday set a late March trial date on charges related to hush […]

Expanded child tax credit could be in place quickly if passed by Congress, IRS chief says

By: - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel told lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill that his agency is “poised to move quickly” on a bipartisan tax bill that would temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive several corporate tax breaks. But, he cautioned, taxpayers should not wait to file. The Tax Relief for American Families […]

What happens next in the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas?

By: - February 14, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is expected to head to trial later this month after House Republicans impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Tuesday in a historic move against a sitting Cabinet member. A special core set of impeachment rules that were last revised in the 1980s requires the body to consider resolutions […]

Former GOP officials warn of ‘terrifying possibilities’ if Trump immunity claim accepted

By: and - February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON — Accepting former President Donald Trump’s claim of presidential immunity would embolden future presidents to use military force to stay in office indefinitely, a group of anti-Trump Republican former officials warned in a Tuesday brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rejecting Trump’s immunity claim, which he has said should protect him from prosecution on […]

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to pause federal trial over presidential immunity question

By: and - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to further delay his federal criminal trial on charges he attempted to subvert the 2020 election, contending his actions were protected by presidential immunity. In a 40-page application to the Supreme Court late Monday, Trump and his attorneys asked the justices to pause […]

Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

By: - February 10, 2024

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan tax package passed by the U.S. House last month is not a done deal, but the proposal’s supporters say it could restore some poverty-reducing benefits that reached millions under the pandemic-era child tax credit expansion. A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see […]

Trump ‘did not engage in insurrection’ on Jan. 6, new U.S. House resolution claims

By: - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — In a meandering press conference Tuesday that repeated false 2020 election fraud claims, downplayed well-documented violence and name-called journalists, far-right U.S. House members defended former President Donald Trump against any role he may have played in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and several co-sponsors […]

Trump claim of presidential immunity turned down by federal appeals court in D.C. 

By: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he schemed to overturn the 2020 election, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting Trump’s argument he was immune from criminal prosecution for any alleged conduct during his presidential term. In a unanimous opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

U.S. Senate panel examines quality, costs of assisted living centers

By: - January 25, 2024

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan U.S. senators are sounding the alarm on cost, workforce shortages and dangerous incidents at assisted living facilities across the country as the needs of aging Americans are forecast to sharply increase. Sen. Bob Casey, chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, led a hearing Thursday to highlight the panel’s fact finding mission. […]

UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

By: - January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON — The United Auto Workers of America endorsed the re-election of President Joe Biden on Wednesday, just months after he became the first sitting U.S. president to walk a picket line with striking autoworkers in Michigan. Speaking at the UAW’s biannual political conference in Washington, D.C., Biden told the crowd, “I was so damn […]

Bipartisan deal to expand child tax credit, revive business tax breaks advances in Congress

By: - January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON — A plan to temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive tax breaks for businesses received overwhelming bipartisan support Friday in a committee vote, a rare moment of compromise in a divided Congress that’s headed into a heated election year. The tax policymakers of the GOP-led U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means […]