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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.

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

By: - September 21, 2022

The bill raises the threshold for an objection made by any U.S. senator and representative to a state's electoral vote.

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

By: - September 20, 2022

The new report found 50 groups have played a role in at least half of the book bans enacted across the country during the last school year.

Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told

By: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Farmers and academics at a Wednesday hearing stressed the need for members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to support regenerative agriculture farming practices in the upcoming farm bill in order to protect topsoil. U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chair David Scott said he held the hearing to discuss ways policymakers and the Department […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

By: - September 2, 2022

The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older

Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns

By: - September 1, 2022

The refusal to talk to the press or let them cover events is a trend that worries experts who study democratic stability not only in the United States, but across the world

Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

By: - August 24, 2022

While many Democrats and progressive advocates were pleased with the announcement, it falls short of the student debt relief campaign platform that Biden ran on

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

By: and - August 7, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote on the spending bill, which aims to lower health care costs, address climate change, and revise the tax code.

U.S. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and energy bill clears first hurdle to passage

By: and - August 6, 2022

The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure.

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

By: - August 4, 2022

The declaration means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns.

U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence

By: - July 29, 2022

The push for banning semi-automatic firearms came after they were used in mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo.

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - July 21, 2022

President Biden is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses.

Progressives renew call for U.S. Supreme Court expansion after abortion rights decision

By: - July 19, 2022

A group of House Democrats want more justices added to the U.S. Supreme Court following the high court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.