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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa covers Washington D.C. for States Newsroom, which supports the Capital-Star.

How the $3.5T budget bill before Congress helps Pa., other states on agriculture

By: - September 14, 2021

The bill sets aside $66B for fighting climate change, encouraging research. It passed committee on party lines

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

By: - September 12, 2021

Republicans objected to many of the amendments offered during the markup, citing high costs and arguing that the reconciliation process should not be used to make policy changes.

Biden to travel to New York, Pa., and Virginia for 9/11 observances

By: - September 10, 2021

Biden 'felt it was important to visit each of the three places to mark the lives that were lost, the sacrifices on that day,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said

The U.S. House’s budget reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship for many in Pa.

By: - September 4, 2021

There are more than 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that studies migration.

The U.S. leaves Afghanistan, ending an ‘unwinnable’ war, Pa. lawmaker says

By: and - August 31, 2021

The U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday afternoon, ending a 20-year occupation.

Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House | Analysis

By: - August 22, 2021

The system has helped members cast their votes if they have tested positive for the coronavirus or needed to quarantine because of potential exposure to the virus.

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

By: - August 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]

Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill

By: - August 9, 2021

Democrats want to ensure that the bill can withstand a challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court

Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds

By: - August 5, 2021

Historically, Black women with children have been kicked off of federal social assistance programs for reasons such as being unmarried and working in domestic or agricultural fields, among other racist policies, the paper found. 

Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates

By: and - August 3, 2021

Tuesday’s announcement from the CDC also followed intense public pressure by some progressive Democrats, including Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who has camped out on the Capitol steps since Friday in protest of Congress not extending protections for vulnerable tenants.

Pa. Sen. Bob Casey, state legislators rallying in D.C. urge Congress to act on voting rights

By: - August 3, 2021

The nearly 800-page package would undo dozens of restrictive voting laws already in place and faces major hurdles gaining enough GOP support to advance in the Senate.

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

By: - July 31, 2021

During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act, on Aug. 6. That is the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.