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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.

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.

Courts take the lead role as U.S. immigration policy remains in limbo

By: - July 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the Biden administration, immigration reform has stalled despite campaign promises to reform the system, with the most recent movement on immigration policy doled out by the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower federal courts. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Biden administration in a 5-4 decision on June 30 that […]

U.S. House panel presses gun makers to testify before Congress

By: - July 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The chair of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday said she has requested that CEOs of three gun manufacturing companies appear before Congress to testify at a hearing later this month on gun violence. Chair Carolyn B. Maloney of New York said she has asked for appearances by Marty Daniel of […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

By: - June 24, 2022

Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

By: - June 23, 2022

The court ruled that New York’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution