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

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 […]

Pete Buttigieg at NAACP forum (Photo by Andrew Roth)

Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT

BY: - December 28, 2020

Pete Buttigieg as the incoming pick for U.S. transportation secretary would take office at a time when both state and local officials are deeply frustrated that not enough is being done to maintain and improve the country’s transportation networks. But nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. For example, two presidents have vowed […]

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 […]

. Kelly Loeffler revs up a crowd at a November rally in Marietta soon after she was pushed into a Jan. 5 runoff against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder

Conservative cred, Trump fealty touted by Loeffler in struggle to hold her seat and the Senate

BY: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Kelly Loeffler was appointed to the U.S. Senate one year ago by a Republican governor who picked her over a conservative congressman pushed by President Donald Trump. The selection of Loeffler, a 50-year-old wealthy Atlanta businesswoman and political newcomer, for the vacancy created by longtime Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s retirement was seen as […]

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

Congress seals the deal on emergency relief after dispute over Fed lending settled

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to ensure that several temporary Federal Reserve lending programs will end this year. Working through that disagreement over the Fed was a […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 19, 2020

WASHINGTON—In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying to funnel federal funding toward them. […]

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 […]

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

Congress close to emergency relief deal including direct payments, added unemployment benefits

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus relief deal appears within reach following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. But CNN reports that Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said it’s possible a brief government shutdown could occur over the weekend because it […]

A Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe (Getty Images)

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for states’ rollout

BY: - December 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine authorized for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech was expected to […]

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 […]