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.

Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

By: - December 6, 2022

The success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days.

Biden signs bill that staves off railroad workers strike

By: - December 2, 2022

The trade group that represents railroad carriers estimated that a railroad strike would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion per day

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

By: - December 1, 2022

Until the arguments are heard in February and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction ordered in the lawsuit by the six GOP-led states

U.S. Senate votes to avert freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

By: - December 1, 2022

Democrats fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for railroad workers, a sticking point in contract negotiations.

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

By: - November 22, 2022

President Joe Biden said the extension will give “the Supreme Court time to hear the case in its current term.”

Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomes new House members, reflects on Latino vote

By: - November 18, 2022

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Friday welcomed the highest number of Democratic Latino lawmakers elected to Congress.

U.S. Senate Democrats make a last-ditch push for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

By: - November 16, 2022

Democratic U.S. senators aim to pass a bipartisan bill next month to help Dreamers become citizens but don’t have enough GOP support yet.

U.S. district court strikes down use of Title 42 to expel migrants

By: - November 15, 2022

A judge blocked the government from continuing Title 42, a controversial pandemic-era health policy used to expel migrants at the southern border.

Six GOP-led states win national injunction against Biden student debt relief plan

By: - November 14, 2022

A federal appeals court indefinitely blocked the Biden administration's student debt relief program after a challenge by six GOP-led states.

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday. 

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

By: , and - November 9, 2022

It might be days — or even weeks — before we know what party will control the Senate starting next year.

Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control

By: - October 18, 2022

President Biden told supporters that if Republicans take control of Congress, they will try to pass a national ban on abortion.