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 to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

By: - January 27, 2021

The action on leases is likely to be among the most contentious climate actions by the new administration

Missouri Sen. Hawley, who challenged Pa.’s electoral vote, calls for ethics probe of Dems who filed complaint against him

By: - January 25, 2021

The Missouri Republican, who has claimed that Pennsylvania's mail-in balloting law was unconstitutional, faces an ethics probe in the U.S. Senate.

Biden’s immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11M people

By: - January 21, 2021

While the bill would likely pass the House, it’s unclear if Democrats have enough votes in the Senate. 

A congressman and his aides armed themselves with scissors in the face of a mob. Now, he wants Trump prosecuted

By: - January 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle slipped a pair of scissors into his pocket as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Pa. Rep. Brendan Boyle pushes criminal investigation of Trump for Capitol attack

By: - January 15, 2021

“Provided there is sufficient evidence, as I strongly believe there is, Donald Trump must be indicted, arrested, and put on trial. And if convicted, he should go to prison.”

U.S. House votes to impeach Trump over Capitol insurrection ; What Pa. lawmakers said

By: and - January 13, 2021

Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. A Senate trial awaits.

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

By: - January 13, 2021

Officials say they expect more to follow as they sift through more than 100,000 pieces of digital evidence.

Criticism grows of GOP lawmakers, including Pa.’s Perry, who refused masks while sheltering during Capitol riot

By: - January 12, 2021

There were nearly 100 people in the room, according to multiple media reports.

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

By: - January 8, 2021

Officer Brian Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging” with rioters, and when he returned to his post he collapsed, officials said in a statement. 

Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol

By: and - January 7, 2021

Neither of Pennsylvania’s senators, Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Bob Casey, supported Hawley’s objection to the state’s election process. Casey decried it as an “attempt to disenfranchise” Pennsylvania’s voters.

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

By: - January 6, 2021

No other deaths have been reported. D.C. officials declined to comment if the woman who died was part of the mob.

LIVE Updates: Violence at the U.S. Capitol

By: and - January 6, 2021

A mob derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with both chambers abruptly recessing after President Donald Trump’s supporters clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol.