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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 9/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

By: - September 23, 2022

'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.

Report: U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails

By: - September 21, 2022

The Dept of Justice failed to enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, which requires states that receive federal funding to report prison and jail deaths to the agency.

Pa. a national leader as an ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts

By: - September 20, 2022

The other states with the most incidents of banning are Texas, Florida, and Tennessee

Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told

By: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, argued that 'tying food policy to climate policy is harmful.' 

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

By: - September 7, 2022

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff are slated to travel to Pa. to highlight how schools are tackling learning loss from the pandemic.

Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns

By: and - September 4, 2022

“If we are to hold our elected officials accountable on their policy stance(s), we have to know what they are,” said Nicholas Valentino, a political science and research professor in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

By: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

Old renovated Synagogue interior in Mad, Tokaj region, Hungary

Jewish congregations mount legal challenges to state abortion bans

By: - August 28, 2022

Thousands of years of Jewish scripture make it clear that access to abortion care is a requirement of Jewish law and practice, according to Rabbi Karen Bogard.

Biden to wipe out $10K in student loan debt for many borrowers

By: - August 24, 2022

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a Harvard educated former Wall Street banker, called the loan scheme a "grossly unfair taxpayer-subsidized handout to the wealthy."

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

By: - August 4, 2022

More than 6,600 monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. The hardest-hit states are New York, California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

By: - August 3, 2022

The White House is limited in what it can do, and the burden has fallen on Congress to try to codify Roe v. Wade into law. A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced a bill that would protect access to abortion, but it’s unclear if it can meet the 60-vote threshold needed to advance in the Senate. 

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

By: - August 3, 2022

The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising rents mean that tenants are “just one illness or job loss or car repair away from eviction.”