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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.

Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control

By: - October 18, 2022

“If Republicans get their way with a national ban, it won’t matter where you live in America,” Biden said.

Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms

By: - October 11, 2022

'If we could just center on the question of Dreamers and DACA in and of itself, I think a … legitimate issue can be resolved,' U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

By: , and - October 9, 2022

Pennsylvania's closely watched U.S. Senate race could determine control of the chamber.

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

'Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,' Biden said.

DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now

By: - October 6, 2022

The case has been returned to a lower court, which will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600K undocumented people.

U.S. Senate panel probes federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’

By: - September 30, 2022

Staff shortages have impacted the federal Bureau of Prisons' operations, former Pa. Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel, told lawmakers.

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.