Samantha Dietel

Samantha Dietel

Samantha Dietel is a reporter intern in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has previously covered the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City as a reporter for the Columbia Missourian.

New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman censured by U.S. House after he pulled fire alarm

By: - December 7, 2023

Bowman said Wednesday on the House floor that the GOP’s censure resolution “continues to demonstrate their inability to govern and serve the American people.”

Oklahoma senator challenges Teamsters president to fight at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - November 14, 2023

A GOP senator from Oklahoma challenged the head of the Teamsters union to fight at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday.

Congressman proposes national museum of LGBTQI+ history and culture

By: - November 6, 2023

The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, currently has 21 museums and the National Zoo.

Women in Congress call for more action on breast cancer prevention, treatment

By: - October 26, 2023

In the U.S., breast cancer is the second-most-common cancer among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight Republicans are running for U.S. House speaker. Here’s your guide to the field.

By: and - October 23, 2023

The chamber has been in turmoil since eight Republicans voted with all House Democrats to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the post last month.

As consumers flock to organic foods, lawmakers urge more federal grants for farmers

By: - October 6, 2023

A new bill would boost funding for a program that allows organic farmers and producers to apply for grants to help support their businesses.

Foreign ownership of U.S. farmland probed at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - September 27, 2023

A federal report says Canada was the largest foreign investor of U.S. agricultural land in 2021 with 12.8 million acres, or 31% of foreign-held acres.

Sen. Bob Mendendez speaking

Menendez urged to step down by a growing number of U.S. Senate Democrats

By: and - September 26, 2023

Sen. Bob Menendez has vehemently denied the federal bribery charges and has reiterated that he does not intend to resign.

‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war’: Zelenskyy asks Congress to help Ukraine

By: and - September 21, 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to reiterate the need for continued aid to support his country’s fight against the Russian invasion.

Democrats push to extend child care grant program

By: - September 14, 2023

A new bill would extend the child care stabilization grant program, which Congress established in 2021 to help child care providers meet additional costs during the pandemic.

U.S. Senate hearing on book bans probes censorship attempts in local libraries

By: - September 12, 2023

Multiple U.S. senators said the federal government is limited in its ability to address or restrict book banning.

Congress and nonprofit working to put women’s suffrage monument on National Mall

By: - September 6, 2023

A House committee passed a bill in July that would allow the monument to be constructed on the National Mall, but provides no federal funding.