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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.

Sen. Warnock and diabetes treatments

Insulin price cap approved by U.S. House as Georgia’s Warnock pushes for Senate passage

By: - April 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill on a bipartisan 232-193 vote that would limit the price of insulin that patients must pay, as congressional Democrats met throughout the day with health care advocates to make their case for the proposal.  Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Patty Murray of Washington […]

Emit Till gravesite plaque

Biden signs law named for Emmett Till that makes lynching a federal hate crime

By: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Nearly 70 years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi by two white men, President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime.  “Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone belongs in America,” Biden said at  the Rose […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson

GOP senators attack and interrupt in final day of questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee

By: - March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — In the third day of hearings Wednesday on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, several Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee interrogated her about sentences she handed down for child pornography offenses, disagreeing vehemently with her judicial decisions. Republicans grilled her with questions she had already answered […]

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Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

By: - March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use the $130 billion in funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic.   The president of the National League of Cities, Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia, introduced the president to attendees of the […]

A Honduran child plays at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S., Mexico border with his father on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Pressure ramps up to halt Trump-era policy that expels migrants at the border 

By: - March 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and immigration advocates are pushing the White House to end a controversial Trump-era immigration policy enacted during the pandemic that allowed U.S. officials to expel migrants and asylum seekers at the border.  “I continue to be disappointed, deeply disappointed, in the administration’s response,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York […]

Kara Plummer uses a bullhorn for call and response with demonstrators marching through Old Town calling for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives in Albuquerque, N.M, on Oct. 3, 2021. (Photo by Shelby Kleinhans for Source New Mexico)

‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color

By: - March 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage.  “This is a crisis that is hiding in plain sight,” said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and chair of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee […]

Biden delivers State of the Union

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

By: and - March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine.  “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

Biden taps Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden formally announced the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday afternoon. “President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law,” the White House said in a statement. If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson, 51, will be […]

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

Before any U.S. troops are sent to Ukraine, some in Congress want a say

By: - February 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, a Democrat, and Warren Davidson of Ohio, a Republican, are leading a broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers urging the president to not send U.S. troops into Ukraine, or declare war, before receiving authorization from Congress. Wisconsin Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) and Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) joined in […]

DRAKETOWN, GA Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. House hearing on extremism toward minorities turns into ‘defund the police’ debate

By: - February 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Leaders of faith organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday how their institutions and places of worship have been roiled by bomb threats and extremism. They talked about the recent waves of bomb threats aimed at HBCUs, a terrifying hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue […]

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Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record

By: - February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri Thursday led a coalition of Black women members of the U.S. House in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court — which he has promised — who has a track record of protecting civil rights.  “The appointment […]

Gov. Tony Evers speaks on a panel at the National Governors Association meeting | Screenshot from NGA video

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

By: , and - February 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government. But the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues of the moment — voting laws and […]