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.

At D.C. rally, parents GOP lawmakers vow nat’l push to get critical race theory out of schools

By: - November 17, 2021

'We’re ready for a new era in education,' U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. said. 'Other people now know what I’ve known for a long time—parents are a force to be reckoned with.'

‘America is moving again’: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill, bringing billions to Pa.

By: , , and - November 15, 2021

The bill, which channels billions of dollars in funding to the Keystone State, 'will undoubtedly move Pennsylvania forward,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.

U.S. House sends $1.2T infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

By: , and - November 6, 2021

All nine Democratic members of Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill delegation voted in favor, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District.

Biden pitches new $1.75T spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

By: - October 28, 2021

Clean energy program, other major Biden initiatives, stripped from framework to satisfy moderate Democrats.

GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

By: - October 8, 2021

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District, is among the GOP lawmakers protesting the DOJ's move.

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

By: - October 6, 2021

School board meetings have also been under attack for mask mandates to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

By: - October 3, 2021

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has stressed her commitment to keeping in provisions relating to children, such as universal pre-K.

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

By: - September 20, 2021

The opinion by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian, was a setback for the Biden administration and Democrats who would have to reach 60 votes in the Senate for any immigration reform, rather than a simple majority through reconciliation, a process reserved for matters that affect spending, revenues, the deficit or the debt limit. The Senate is evenly split between the parties.

How the $3.5T budget bill before Congress helps Pa., other states on agriculture

By: - September 14, 2021

The bill sets aside $66B for fighting climate change, encouraging research. It passed committee on party lines

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

By: - September 12, 2021

Republicans objected to many of the amendments offered during the markup, citing high costs and arguing that the reconciliation process should not be used to make policy changes.

Biden to travel to New York, Pa., and Virginia for 9/11 observances

By: - September 10, 2021

Biden 'felt it was important to visit each of the three places to mark the lives that were lost, the sacrifices on that day,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said

The U.S. House’s budget reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship for many in Pa.

By: - September 4, 2021

There are more than 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that studies migration.