DC BUREAU

Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect our state.

STAFF

Jane Norman

DC Bureau Chief

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Jennifer Shutt

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Jacob Fischler

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ariana Figueroa

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

STORIES

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 2, 2022

Some congressional Democrats have also urged Biden to allow abortion clinics to operate on federal lands in states that restrict access to the procedure.

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Federal lawmakers aim to crack down on ‘dark patterns’ that trick users online

BY: - June 29, 2022

The legislation would place limits on how internet firms with over 100M monthly users could ask for information

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 28, 2022

HHS will enforce federal laws to ensure federally approved abortion pills — which must be obtained by prescription — remain available, a top official said.

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and signed by 32 other Democrats, called the decision “an unprecedented assault on women” and pushed Biden “to use the full force of the federal government to protect abortion access in the United States.”

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

BY: - June 24, 2022

'With your vote, you can act. You can have the final word. This is not over,' President Joe Biden said Friday.

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

'Let us not judge the legislation for what it does not do, but for what it does,' U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

BY: - June 23, 2022

“[T]he Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual's right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote.

U.S. House lawmakers, including Pa.’s Scanlon, warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District., said that because Republicans let the lie about the 2020 presidential election being stolen fester, “we’ve seen dedicated public servants from both parties pay the price.”

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […]

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

The bill 'protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while taking steps to make our communities safer,' U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said.

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The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

In July 2020, the District became the third place in the nation to grant the right to vote to people who are incarcerated.

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.