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Amanda Becker


FEMA's Deanne Criswell Talks Following Your Gut and the Agency’s Focus on Equity in Disaster Response

The first woman in the agency’s top job said FEMA has to make sure it’s helping those who face barriers navigate bureaucracy.


Kirsten Gillibrand and Joni Ernst Can Pass Their Military Sexual Assault Bill — They Just Need a Senate Vote

The senators have a bipartisan measure to put independent prosecutors, not military commanders, in charge of serious crimes.


Democratic Lawmakers Urge Biden To Act On Gender-Neutral Federal IDs

The administration promised to allow nonbinary and intersex people to get passports that reflect their gender identities. Rep. Ro Khanna told The 19th an executive order is a “good first step.”


As America’s First Working First Lady, Jill Biden Redefines the Role

The longtime educator is leaning on her experience to inform the administration’s thinking.


Deb Haaland Confirmed as First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo will head the Interior Department, which oversees public lands and administers programs related to 550 federally recognized tribes.


Women Will Shape Biden’s Energy and Climate Agenda

Rep. Deb Haaland would be the first Native American to head the Interior Department and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was nominated to run the Energy Department.


Biden Under Pressure to Appoint First Native American to Head Interior Department

Many tribal leaders, environmental groups and progressive activists are urging the president-elect to nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as secretary of the department.