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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.

More than half of U.S. House Republicans back Texas suit claiming election ‘irregularities’

By: - December 10, 2020

In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led 105 of his Republican colleagues in supporting the efforts of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. 

Biden to tap a trio of Midwesterners to lead agriculture, housing, veterans affairs agencies

By: - December 10, 2020

If confirmed by the Senate, Fudge will lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the second Black woman to head the $50 billion agency, and Vilsack will be agriculture secretary, a position he held for eight years in the Obama administration. 

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on

By: - December 9, 2020

In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on the stalled relief package. The Senate is expected to take up the stopgap bill Thursday.

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases, flouting Trump veto threat

By: - December 8, 2020

Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement to rename the 10 bases in the annual must-pass defense measure, and Republican leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California have expressed their support. Bases in Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas would be affected.

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

By: - December 1, 2020

While it’s not clear whether the proposal has the support of any legislative leaders or the White House, the renewed push for aid comes at a critical time as infections spiral in many states. 

As Pa. waits, U.S. Senate Dems urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

By: - November 25, 2020

More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution.

Immigration advocates push Biden to not only bring back DACA but to expand it

By: - November 24, 2020

Advocates view reinstating the Obama-era policy as a minimum goal, with deportation protection for DACA recipients’ family members extended as well.

Pa. Republicans backstop Trump, Congressional GOP on unproven claims of stolen election

By: - November 11, 2020

Some Republicans in Congress are agreeing with President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, and backing legal challenges to voting results in states won by President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump tests positive for COVID-19, enters quarantine

By: , and - October 2, 2020

Late Thursday, Bloomberg News had reported that Hope Hicks, a close aide to Trump, had tested positive for the virus. Hicks had traveled to and from the presidential debate in Cleveland on Air Force One with Trump and also traveled to Minnesota with him, Bloomberg said.

Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage

By: - September 29, 2020

Members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for $4 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help students in rural and low-income areas gain access to high speed internet.

Hours before Pa. rally, Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Ginsburg’s U.S. Supreme Court seat

By: - September 26, 2020

As they waited for Trump to speak at Harrisburg International Airport, just outside the capital city, supporters welcomed the news.

With fight looming over Ginsburg’s replacement Pa.’s Casey lines up in opposition, Toomey still silent

By: - September 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., says he opposes naming a replacement before the election. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hasn't said yet.