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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Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

BY: - February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON —States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine would differ from the two current shots by Pfizer and Moderna in several critical ways. By […]

Digital generated image of huge COVID-19 vaccine bottle standing on purple surface with people waiting in long line for vaccination.

Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers told Congress Tuesday that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks. Pfizer will increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses by mid-March, an increase from the 4 to 5 million doses shipped weekly in early February, […]

Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on Dec. 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Haaland is the first Native American nominated to serve on the presidential cabinet. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Biden pick for Interior secretary likely to face rocky confirmation hearing

BY: - February 19, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans may use next week’s Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states. GOP Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will […]

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 18: A member of the health care staff from the Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) prepares to test people for the coronavirus in the parking lot of its Doris Ison Health Center on March 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration

BY: - February 18, 2021

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration administration, including testing in schools, homeless shelters and regional coordinating centers

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Census delay in releasing population data throws states into chaos

BY: - February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available. The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this […]

In this screenshot taken from a congress.gov webcast, the U.S. Senate votes, 57-43, to acquit on the fifth day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 13, 2021. Source: congress.gov via Getty Images

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOPs vote to convict

BY: - February 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment.  In the 57-43 vote, seven Republicans joined every Senate Democrat and independent in […]

Raise the minimum wage Fight for $15 protest in front of McDonalds with signs and press conference

Proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage would boost paychecks

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the U.S. but particularly in much of the South, researchers and experts predict. Florida recently voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, but the Sunshine State is an outlier. Georgia, […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Disabled people carry signs as they protest cuts to Medical and Medicare on September 21, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Dozens of disabled people staged a protest against proposed cuts to Medical, Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Expanding BadgerCare in Wisconsin could become an even sweeter deal

BY: - February 11, 2021

U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice holdout states, including Wisconsin, to expand Medicaid coverage with the prospect of billions of dollars in federal cash. This money would be on top of the already large net benefits the state would realize under existing law through expansion. Wisconsin is one of just a dozen states […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

President Joe Biden signing executive orders in the Oval Office

Biden sticks with massive $1.9T relief package despite GOP push for less

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who […]

Milwaukee immigration protest 2017

Biden rolls back Trump policy on separation of migrant children from their parents

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday evening that will reverse controversial policies from the previous administration, including one that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Biden made it clear during the signing that he was not creating new immigration policies with the executive orders, but reversing those crafted […]

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 […]