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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.

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.

The U.S. leaves Afghanistan, ending an ‘unwinnable’ war, Pa. lawmaker says

By: and - August 31, 2021

The U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday afternoon, ending a 20-year occupation.

Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House | Analysis

By: - August 22, 2021

The system has helped members cast their votes if they have tested positive for the coronavirus or needed to quarantine because of potential exposure to the virus.

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

By: - August 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]