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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.

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

By: - January 13, 2022

Only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has said she would support Democrats in passing the John Lewis measure.

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

By: - January 6, 2022

'We are in the battle for the soul of America,' Biden said during a somber and strongly worded speech.

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

By: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters, and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral […]

On eve of Jan. 6 anniversary, voting rights tops the U.S. Senate’s agenda

By: - January 5, 2022

Democratic leader Schumer takes aim at filibuster as West Virginia's Manchin stands in opposition.

Pa.’s Wolf, Dem governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

By: - December 14, 2021

'Without decisive action by the federal government this year to protect voters’ access to the ballot and ensure the integrity and transparency of our elections, the voices of Americans across the country, especially Americans of color, will be suppressed,' the governors wrote to Senate leaders.

Capitol Hill Republicans slam treatment of accused Jan. 6 insurrectionists held at D.C. jail

By: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

Investigation urged of doctor who operated on immigrant women in detention

By: - December 7, 2021

Democrats on the House Homeland Security and Oversight & Reform committees demanded that Dr. Mahendra Amin be prevented from giving medical treatment to migrants in ICE detention centers.

Pa.’s Houlahan co-leading push to require women to sign up for draft in must-pass defense bill

By: - December 6, 2021

The language is included in an annual Pentagon funding bill that also sets aside $549M to clean up 'forever chemicals' plaguing Pa. and other states

Protesters from Pa., nationwide rally at U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

By: - December 1, 2021

Supporters of abortion rights and abortion opponents jostled in front of the court, chanting and shouting through bullhornsbullhorns

Immigration protections in Biden’s domestic bill face test in the Senate; Pa. lawmakers react

By: - November 25, 2021

House Democrats sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to include a pathway to citizenship in the final bill.

House Dems pass Biden’s $1.85T domestic policy bill; Pa. lawmakers split on party lines

By: , , and - November 19, 2021

The sprawling 'Build Back Better' legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Bob Casey has called for swift action.

Pa.’s Capitol Hill Republicans vote against censuring Arizona’s Paul Gosar over threatening video

By: and - November 18, 2021

Eight of of Pa.'s 9 GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a frequent Democratic crossover vote, opposed the measure, which also stripped Gosar of his committee posts