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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa covers Washington D.C. for States Newsroom, which supports the Capital-Star.

U.S. House Ag. leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for historically Black land-grant colleges

By: - June 17, 2021

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, said he wants to ensure broadband access for students at these rural schools.

‘Housing is not infrastructure. Housing is housing,’ Pa.’s Toomey says as mayors plead for help to alleviate housing crisis

By: - June 16, 2021

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said that he was concerned that affordable housing is becoming out of reach for families.

Suburban Philly activist, local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

By: - June 9, 2021

An independent panel of scientists found a probable link between exposure to PFOA and PFOS and multiple health problems, such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and testicular and kidney cancer. 

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

By: - May 25, 2021

Nazita Lajevard, an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, said her research has focused on how voter ID laws affect minority voters.

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: On Capitol Hill, pols from Pa., nationwide jostle for federal transportation cash

By: and - May 23, 2021

Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District., put in for $5.5 million to resurface a stretch of US-222 in Berks County, while Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District., is seeking $5 million to add a lane to a stretch of that same road, just five miles away.

Homeless students, including those in Pa., slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told

By: - May 21, 2021

Witnesses before a U.S. House panel this week advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are experiencing homeless and in foster care during the pandemic.

U.S. House condemns Atlanta shootings and Asian American racism

By: - May 19, 2021

House Republicans also argued that the Atlanta measure was partisan and that it blamed former President Donald Trump for the rise in attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Pa.’s Kelly joins House GOP in ousting Liz Cheney from leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’

By: - May 12, 2021

GOP lawmakers in a closed door meeting removed Cheney, R-Wyo., in a voice vote. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., introduced a resolution to strip Cheney of her post as conference chair, the No. 3 leadership job.

Biden to order $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contract workers

By: - April 27, 2021

The order will go into effect Jan. 30 of next year, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration.

Capitol Hill Dems push for federal background checks on ammunition sales

By: - April 21, 2021

If passed, the law would close a loophole that allows ammunition to be sold with no background checks.

Ag. Sect’y Vilsack keys in on food insecurity, nutrition in budget request; Pa. other states impacted

By: - April 14, 2021

In 2019, more than 35 million people were experiencing food insecurity, but that number jumped to 42 million during the pandemic, according to Feeding America, which is a network of food banks across the U.S.

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

By: - April 8, 2021

In attendance were gun control advocates, lawmakers and relatives of victims of gun violence, including Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.