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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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

By: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did not respond […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A protester holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Capitol on lockdown after pro-Trump demonstrators storm inside

By: and - January 6, 2021

This piece was updated on Wednesday at 5:21 p.m. A violent mob derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with the House of Representatives and Senate abruptly recessing after President Donald Trump’s supporters clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. Both legislative chambers were […]

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

By: and - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

US Capitol pictured at dusk

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

By: - December 31, 2020

WASHINGTON—To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of most drama, […]

Miguel Cardona; photo courtesy of Biden transition team

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

By: - December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education—Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it’s been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students this past year,” Biden said at an […]

Sen. David Perdue and wife Bonnie Perdue make their pitch to supporters in Atlanta Dec. 14.

Trump loyalist Perdue fights for not just his seat but the future of the GOP

By: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON—Sen. David Perdue, during his six years in Congress, served as a close ally of President Donald Trump. But with Trump in defeat, it now falls to the senior Georgia senator to preserve not just his own seat in January’s runoff election but also control of the U.S. Senate as the GOP’s last bastion in […]

Credit: Joe Brusky CC BY-NC 2.0 We just set up this virtual protest outside McDonald's headquarters in downtown Chicago to stand with workers who are on strike today across the nation, but can't be here in-person due to the pandemic. Workers are demanding a living wage, a union, PPE, hazard pay, sick leave, and an end to gender discrimination, and sexual harassment of workers.

Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

By: - December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON—A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19. Tyson fired seven managers at the Waterloo pork processing plant following an independent investigation into the betting allegations and a wave of national publicity. But […]

Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on

By: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON—The House on Wednesday voted to pass a stopgap spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and giving a group of bipartisan lawmakers another week to negotiate a coronavirus relief package.   In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on the […]

Wisconsin farm cornfield and landscape -- Image by David Mark free use from Pixabay

Georgia congressman to be first African American chairman of the House Agriculture Committee

By: - December 4, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Democratic caucus on Thursday ratified Rep. David Scott’s selection to chair the Agriculture Committee, making him the first African American and the first Georgian to lead the panel.   “I was born on my grandparents’ farm in rural Aynor, South Carolina, during the days of segregation, and the hardships, of those, on […]

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

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

By: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Tuesday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal that would […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks to news conference 2016

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and colleagues urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

By: - November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats, including Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for […]

Supporters of the DACA program rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Robin Bravender/ States Newsroom Washington Bureau)

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

By: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written into law. […]