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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.

Pa.’s Evans, Lee among congressional Dems condemning Biden admin’s expansion of Title 42

By: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum. In the letter, they also condemned the administration’s expansion of a controversial policy that immediately turns away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, […]

Pa.’s Thompson, U.S. House ag leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

By: - January 18, 2023

'Food security provides a pathway to financial security,' Thompson, the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said.

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New federal student loan repayment plan aimed at low-income borrowers

By: - January 10, 2023

However, it's unclear how government will be able to finance the program.

TIJUANA, MEXICO – MARCH 22: An asylum seeker from Mexico (R) waits outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which he hopes to cross to plead for asylum in the U.S., on March 22, 2022 in Tijuana, Mexico. March 21 marked the two-year anniversary of Title 42, the controversial pandemic-era border policy enacted by President Trump, which cites COVID-19 as the reason to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the U.S. border. Title 42 remains in effect with the Biden administration facing pressure from Democrats to end its use. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration to rapidly expel more migrants at the border, add legal pathways

By: and - January 6, 2023

The sweeping new immigration plan made public on Thursday brought condemnation from advocates who said he should not broaden the controversial Trump-era Title 42 policy.

D.C. nears Jan. 6 anniversary with warnings about extremism, awards for courage

By: - January 5, 2023

WASHINGTON – On the eve of the second anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, congressional Democrats and dozens of veterans on Thursday in a press conference called on incoming House Republican leaders to condemn political violence and hold their members who supported the attack accountable for their actions. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is scheduled on […]

U.S. Senate opens a new session with a record set by McConnell; Pa.’s Fetterman takes office

By: - January 3, 2023

The W.Pa. Democrat won election in a nationally watched contest, flipping a Republican-controlled seat.

Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

By: - December 7, 2022

The success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days.

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

By: - November 29, 2022

Congress has the ability to intervene, due to the Railway Labor Act, which governs disputes between railway carriers and labor unions. 

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

By: - November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]

A group photo of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomes new House members, reflects on Latino vote

By: - November 21, 2022

The campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomed the highest number of Democratic Latino lawmakers elected to Congress, during an event at the Democratic National Committee’s  headquarters. CHC BOLD PAC chair, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, said continuing to reach out to Latino communities and young voters will be key to taking […]

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

The exact size of the Republican majority won’t be known until more races are called. Some races may not be known for days.

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., campaigning in Atlanta on Monday 10/24/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

All eyes again on the Peach State: Georgia voters asked to decide U.S. Senate control

By: - October 30, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock faces former Republican former football star Herschel Walker.