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.

Laura Olson

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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

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.'

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The rulings came less than a week after the justices heard arguments on the mandates – an unusually fast turnaround for the court.

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

Only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has said she would support Democrats in passing the John Lewis measure.

Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls in Pa., elsewhere with lawsuits

BY: - January 10, 2022

Voting rights groups say the lawsuits are disingenuous attempts to make it more difficult for eligible voters, especially non-white voters in growing urban areas, to cast ballots.

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

BY: - January 6, 2022

'We are in the battle for the soul of America,' Biden said during a somber and strongly worded speech.

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters, and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states | Analysis

BY: - December 23, 2021

36 states, including Pa., allow either full legalization for adult use or wide scale medical use, putting them at odds with federal law

How an election denier’s fan club got its start in the states | Analysis

BY: - December 16, 2021

Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron also has close ties to former President Donald Trump’s legal team and served as one of its key witnesses in efforts to reverse the presidential election results.

As U.S. House passes anti-Islamophobia bill, Pa.’s Perry calls sponsor Ilhan Omar ‘anti-Semitic’

BY: - December 15, 2021

Perry, the head of the House Freedom Caucus, is among the GOP members who have slammed the Minnesota Democrat

Pa.’s Wolf, Dem governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

BY: - December 14, 2021

'Without decisive action by the federal government this year to protect voters’ access to the ballot and ensure the integrity and transparency of our elections, the voices of Americans across the country, especially Americans of color, will be suppressed,' the governors wrote to Senate leaders.

Infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes, U.S. House panel hears; How Pa. could benefit

BY: - December 10, 2021

The $22B Amtrak allotment is part of $66B the law provides for passenger rail. Amtrak would also be eligible for competitive grant funding.

Biden vows to veto resolutions blocking employer vaccine mandate; Pa.’s Keller leads House fight

BY: - December 9, 2021

The Senate's rebuke on Wednesday was the latest blow for the president’s proposed vaccine requirements, which have faced a slew of legal challenges.