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.

Reports: Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court

By: and - February 25, 2022

If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Before any U.S. troops are sent to Ukraine, some in Congress want a say

By: - February 23, 2022

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants Biden to follow the Constitution 'by consulting with Congress,' before putting forces in harm's way.

Members of Congress from both parties in Pa. and beyond urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , , and - February 22, 2022

Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict Russia's economy, not send U.S. soldiers to face Russian troops in the streets of Ukraine.

Students defrauded by for-profit colleges to get millions in loan repayments

By: - February 17, 2022

The impacted institutions include DeVry University, which has 40 locations in 18 states, including Pennsylvania

Biden meets with county leaders in D.C., promotes Build Back Better plan

By: - February 16, 2022

'Families are getting clobbered by the cost of everyday things,' Biden told members of the National Association of Counties.

Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record

By: - February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.,  is leading a coalition of Black women members of the U.S. House in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court — which he has promised — who has a track record of protecting civil rights. “The appointment of […]

National parks try to make progress on long-deferred maintenance

By: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — During a Wednesday U.S. Senate hearing centered on national parks, Biden administration officials outlined how funding from the Great American Outdoors Act is starting to reduce the backlog of maintenance projects — even as park attendance has exploded. An Interior Department official said that the most-loved parks are the ones that need help […]

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

Pa.’s Thompson, lawmakers grill USDA boss Vilsack on pandemic relief funds for farmers

By: - January 21, 2022

Tom Vilsack also faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges.

U.S. Senate blocks filibuster change for voting rights bills; Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split on vote

By: - January 20, 2022

In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — voted against weakening the Senate’s 60-vote threshold.

Advocates for the poor slam Senate filibuster meltdown; call for action on voting rights

By: - January 17, 2022

'We are in a crisis of democracy,” the Rev. William Barber said. 'We talk about the filibuster, about how it hurts Black people — the filibuster has hurt everybody in this country.'

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

By: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]