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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.

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

By: - May 14, 2022

Thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes to attend U.S. boarding schools with the goal of assimilation.

U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft

By: - May 12, 2022

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022.” It would require employers to provide pay stubs to workers, establish new minimum and maximum civil penalties for employers who engage in wage theft and provide grants to organizations and institutions to enhance the enforcement of wage and hour laws. 

Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it

By: and - May 4, 2022

A group of Democratic governors, including Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, asked congressional leaders Tuesday to pass a federal law protecting abortion.

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

By: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Feds issue waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

By: - May 1, 2022

The move is intended 'to address extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstances caused by the war in Ukraine,' officials said.

U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color

By: - April 28, 2022

'Voters deserve to receive accurate information about the democratic process so their voices can be heard,' U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said.

Biden issues first pardons and commutations of his presidency; Philly residents among beneficiaries

By: - April 26, 2022

The White House also unveiled a strategy to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs.

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

By: - April 18, 2022

Students in the Central York school district successfully fought a book ban in their district.

DOJ rule cracks down untraceable firearms known as ‘ghost guns’

By: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has unveiled the Department of Justice’s plan to regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns, as well as announced his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Department of Justice’s final rule bans the business of manufacturing ghost guns, such as “buy build shoot” kits that […]

Mobile home park, Sarasota, Florida, USA, elevated view

Pa. man says mobile home residents are ‘sitting on a time bomb’ in red-hot housing market

By: - April 9, 2022

Mobile home parks provide affordable housing for millions of low-income residents — including seniors on fixed incomes.

York, Pa. students who fought book ban tell their story to U.S. House panel

By: - April 8, 2022

'I deserve to walk into my school library and find a book with someone like me,' York student Olivia Pituch said.

Biden extends pause on federal student loan repayments to Aug. 31; Dems keep up push for debt cancellation

By: - April 6, 2022

Officials said they're "committed to ensuring that student loan borrowers have a smooth transition back to repayment.”