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

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer said his priorities will include the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and alleged “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

BY: and - January 31, 2023

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, who has faced scrutiny for efforts to overturn the 2020 election, is on the panel.

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 30, 2023

A decision on the program's legality is not expected until 2024, when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 29, 2023

Erie County and Pittsburgh are among the communities set to participate in the program, according to the White House.

National Dems ready to OK new 2024 primary voting calendar, despite uncertainty in two states

BY: - January 27, 2023

Party bosses will meet Feb. 4 in Philadelphia. But it won’t be the last step in what’s become a contentious process.

TEACHER SALARY ART

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 27, 2023

The bill includes a cost-of-living adjustment that would peg teacher salaries to inflation.

Pa.’s Evans, Lee among congressional Dems condemning Biden admin’s expansion of Title 42

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum. In the letter, they also condemned the administration’s expansion of a controversial policy that immediately turns away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, […]

MAIL TRUCK GETTY

Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 24, 2023

Pa. was among the locales where USPS periodical deliveries occurred 5% or more frequently in rural areas than urban areas.

A person from Ukraine holds their Ukrainian passport before being allowed to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry into the United States to seek asylum on March 22, 2022 in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. authorities have recently been allowing Ukrainian refugees to enter the U.S. at the Southern border in Tijuana with permission to remain in the U.S. on humanitarian parole for one year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Ukrainians by the thousands arrive in states — but with a time limit

BY: - January 21, 2023

Nearly 200,000 Americans have applied to sponsor those fleeing the war, with the majority of applicants from New York, Illinois, California and Washington.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

U.S. hits debt limit and Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

BY: - January 19, 2023

'The debt ceiling is officially a ticking time bomb we can’t diffuse soon enough,' U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said

Pa.’s Thompson, U.S. House ag leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

BY: - January 18, 2023

'Food security provides a pathway to financial security,' Thompson, the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said.

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states

BY: - January 15, 2023

Supporters of the measure agree that it would make it easier for Congress to divest public lands, but they say that’s a good thing.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gives a speech on the economy at Fords Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on Sept. 8, 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan. Yellen toured the factory, which produces the Ford F-150 Lightning, before her remarks. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown

BY: - January 13, 2023

The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19 at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.