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

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VA eyes major changes in health care system as veterans flock to the South, Southwest

BY: - March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday began the years-long process of restructuring its nationwide health care network, an endeavor that will require the president and Congress to sign off before it could begin.  The restructuring would mean the closures or consolidations of some medical facilities, likely provoking opposition from communities and […]

Alex Boutrous of Chicago Votes at a rally in Springfield, Illinois, on March 9 to push for passage of legislation that would allow people convicted of felonies to vote while incarcerated. Photo courtesy Chicago Votes.

Illinois legislation would allow people to vote while serving felony sentences

BY: - March 14, 2022

When Avalon Betts-Gaston was incarcerated for roughly four years, she left behind two sons — one in high school and one in elementary school.  Betts-Gaston had always been involved in their education, and she said she was angry that she couldn’t vote and choose her local school board representatives.  “I came from a very politically […]

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 […]

People wait for buses at a bus station as they attempt to evacuate the city on February 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

U.S., other democracies limit Russian trade benefits in reaction to war against Ukraine

BY: - March 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia by the United States, as well as countries within the European Union and the Group of Seven nations. The latest round of joint economic restrictions will revoke Russia’s status as a preferred trading partner and eliminate the country’s ability to […]

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

Congress reaches finish line on spending package that omits aid for COVID tests, treatment

BY: - March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a massive government $1.5 trillion funding package that includes increases for domestic and national security programs and billions in aid to Ukraine. Before the Senate passed the package Thursday night, Democrats and Republicans were locked in a stalemate over additional pandemic relief.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that without […]

United States Capitol by night, Washington, USA reflected in a pond

COVID aid stripped from U.S. spending bill after protests states would lose relief money

BY: - March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Wednesday pulled more than $15 billion in emergency COVID-19 aid from a government funding bill after infuriated Democrats said their states would get shut out of promised cash from a 2021 pandemic relief package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that it was “heartbreaking” to remove the COVID-19 funding, […]

Mount Rushmore, originally known to the Lakota Sioux as Six Grandfathers, c. 1905, before construction of the memorial. Native Americans still dispute U.S. control over the area, based on the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which granted the Black Hills to the Lakota people in perpetuity. NPS/Wikipedia

National parks leader pledges more inclusion of Native Americans in land management

BY: - March 9, 2022

The federal government will make greater efforts to include Native American tribes in decisions involving federal lands, National Park Service Director Charles F. Sams III told a House panel Tuesday. In his first appearance before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee since he was confirmed as parks director in November, Sams said President Joe Biden’s […]

Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi

Congress reaches deal on massive spending package with billions for Ukraine

BY: - March 9, 2022

This story was updated 3/9/2022 at 5:52 p.m. with the removal of supplemental COVID-19 aid. WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans forged agreement early Wednesday on a spending package that will fund the government for the next eight months, as well as provide billions in emergency funding for the war in Ukraine.  The announcement means Congress […]

President Joe Biden delivers remarks the East Room of the White House.

Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

BY: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine.  President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

U.S. Capitol | Jane Norman, States Newsroom

U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief

BY: - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief.  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday afternoon that both political parties were “very close” to reaching […]

Rioters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 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)

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases

BY: - March 7, 2022

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, four men affiliated with the Kansas City chapter of the right-wing Proud Boys gathered on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, along with thousands of others urged on by then-President Donald Trump. The crowd pushed ahead and overwhelmed the few Capitol Police officers guarding the entrance, toppling […]

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 […]