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.

New plan for Venezuelan migrants will accept some into the U.S., send others to Mexico

By: - October 13, 2022

The agreement between Mexico and the U.S. will allow up to 24,000 qualifying Venezuelan migrants to travel by air to an authorized port of entry.

Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms

By: - October 11, 2022

Democrats said Tuesday they remained hopeful Congress could create a legal pathway to citizenship before the end of the year for Dreamers.

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

By: , and - October 7, 2022

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP has a "50-50 shot" of winning back the Senate.

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

Biden's move is intended to address the country’s “failed approach to marijuana,” a senior administration official said Thursday

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

By: - October 5, 2022

The case considers whether Alabama’s new congressional map violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the collective voting power of Black voters.

Biden to battered Florida: ‘We’re going to do everything we can for you’

By: - September 30, 2022

President Biden promised to help Florida as it starts to recover from Hurricane Ian, which might turn out to be the state's worst storm.

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