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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 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. 

Biden administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

By: - April 8, 2021

The administration is not taking action on a ban on assault rifles. But after the mass shooting in Colorado where 10 people were killed, the president called on Congress to ban the weapons. 

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

By: - April 1, 2021

A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. 

In Pgh return, Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy

By: - March 31, 2021

Biden will make the announcement in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon, where he launched his 2020 presidential campaign.

Special Report: Dozens of members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate; How Pa. did

By: and - March 30, 2021

a States Newsroom survey across 22 states—making up a large swath of Congress— found at least 155 members of the U.S. House and Senate have been vaccinated, based on a tally of responses from their offices and other public statements

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after mass shooting in Colorado

By: - March 23, 2021

Biden’s remarks came after deadly gun violence in two states within a week. On March 16, a series of spa shootings left six women of Asian descent dead in Atlanta, as well as two other people.

U.S. Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House; Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split

By: - March 6, 2021

GOP Senators filed more than 400 amendments. Of those amendments, only three were adopted into the bill. Democrats introduced eight amendments, of which five were passed.

Pa.’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines on sweeping voting rights package

By: - March 4, 2021

Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority in a 50-50 Senate is not enough to enact into law a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security that requires 60 votes rather than a simple majority.

Pa. Dems join majority to approve $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill on a near party-line vote

By: - February 27, 2021

Two House Democrats voted against the bill—Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. Every Republican opposed it.