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

teacher at board wearing a face shield mask for math class

Education secretary nominee says teachers should be prioritized for vaccines

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The president’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department said Wednesday that he wants teachers at the front of the line for vaccinations as local leaders debate reopening schools amid the pandemic. Miguel Cardona, a veteran educator from Connecticut, in his Senate confirmation hearing also faced questions from several Republicans about transgender students’ participation in […]

Thousands of white flags on a field representing COVID deaths

GOP senators score meeting with Biden and Harris to discuss more modest relief plan

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill […]

John Deere farm equipment in hay field Wisconsin farm

Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of confirmation hearing

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—Tom Vilsack, the president’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, will likely face questions about his treatment of Black farmers and his record on civil rights at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. President Joe Biden’s decision to tap the former Iowa governor, who also served as USDA chief during the […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Signage at an early voting center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON—Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect example of […]

Michele Catinella, a nurse practitioner at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from Carmen Pi, a Registered Nurse with American Medical Response on Dec. 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The facility, one of the first in the country to do so, vaccinated approximately 170 people including healthcare workers and elder care people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Feds try to ease vaccine backlog by enlisting retired nurses and doctors

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced a move Wednesday to bolster the number of people who can administer COVID-19 vaccines by making it easier for retired doctors and nurses to give those shots. The federal government also will allow current doctors and nurses to administer vaccines in states other than where they are licensed. The […]

A man protests against a pumpjack representing the oil industry.

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

BY: - January 27, 2021

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order, placing environmental issues at center of new administration's policies.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JANUARY 11: President-elect Joe Biden receives the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital. Biden received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine three weeks after his first dose, received a few days before Christmas. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments

BY: - January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid frustrations at the slow pace of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, President Joe Biden says his administration is boosting the number of doses sent to states each week and will be giving state officials more certainty on the number of doses they can expect in future shipments. Starting next week, a minimum of […]

House Impeachment Managers Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) (R) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) wear protective masks while walking to the House Floor during a vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The House of Representatives moved forward with impeachment following Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to use the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office after protestors breached the U.S. Capitol last week. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

‘To heal, we must remember’

BY: - January 26, 2021

Penn. Rep. Madeleine to argue for Trump impeachment in Senate trial

Pete Buttigieg at NAACP forum (Photo by Andrew Roth)

Buttigieg puts greenhouse gas reduction at center of Biden transportation policy

BY: - January 25, 2021

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg offered an unapologetic defense of President Joe Biden’s vision for improved transportation and greenhouse gas reductions during a Senate hearing to consider Buttigieg’s nomination for U.S. transportation secretary on Thursday.  “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central […]

President Joe Biden announces new COVID-19 prevention measures on Jan. 21

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 22, 2021

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

Protesting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines with sign reading: People over Pipelines

Biden yanks Keystone XL permit in first-day order, citing climate change

BY: - January 21, 2021

In one of his first official acts after taking office, President Joe Biden revoked the federal permit for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would have traversed eastern Montana on its way from the Alberta oilfields to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wednesday move at least temporarily halts the construction on the highly contentious […]

Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

BY: - January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden's immigration overhaul would grant citizenship to 11 million undocumented people, reversing Trump era policies