Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect our state.


Jane Norman

DC Bureau Chief

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Jacob Fischler

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ashley Murray

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

Jennifer Shutt

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Ariana Figueroa

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.


Bipartisan former members of Congress call for boost in funding to secure elections

BY: - March 25, 2023

In the last two years, Congress has appropriated a fraction of the funds needed to secure our elections in this "dynamic threat environment," the group said.

GOP bill establishing a federal parental bill of rights passed in U.S. House

BY: - March 24, 2023

The bill would codify federal education law to give parents and legal guardians access to school curricula, library books and other teaching materials.

A Rhode Island Democrat exits Congress, in search of an impact no longer found in D.C.

BY: - March 24, 2023

U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline said his advocacy back home will be more effective than his spot as a minority member of the U.S. House.

DOJ memo on threats to local school boards lambasted by Republicans at U.S. House hearing

BY: - March 24, 2023

A House panel debated whether a 2021 Department of Justice memo played a role in “chilling” parents’ First Amendment rights at local public school board meetings.

Members of Congress blast TikTok CEO as bipartisan support for U.S. ban looks possible

BY: - March 23, 2023

Rep. Frank Pallone told Fox News that a TikTok ban is “something we’d have to consider.”

Democratic report on U.S. debt default predicts disrupted benefits for seniors, veterans

BY: - March 23, 2023

The report says a debt default would increase costs on necessities, boost the jobless rate, and disrupt payments on hundreds of federal programs.

Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO

BY: - March 23, 2023

A bipartisan group of senators hinted they wanted to strengthen requirements about reporting hazardous cargo.

Moderna plan to hike COVID vaccine price to $130 a dose rebuked at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - March 22, 2023

The Moderna CEO argued that an expected drop in demand, changes to its distribution process and the overall benefit of the vaccine warrant the higher cost.

Trump’s possible arrest by Manhattan DA blasted by U.S. House GOP leaders

BY: - March 21, 2023

At the close of business on the East Coast, Trump had not been arrested, and widespread protests had not broken out.

Biden administration details potential cuts in education, food aid and more under GOP plan

BY: - March 20, 2023

Biden administration officials say GOP plans to cut at least $130 billion in domestic spending during the upcoming fiscal year could impact people’s everyday lives.

As opioids overdose deaths keep rising, report urges lawmakers to develop new approaches

BY: - March 17, 2023

The 600-page report encourages lawmakers to innovate ways to stem adverse effects of addiction and increasing drug overdose deaths among Americans.

U.S. Senate leader calls for safety audit into all major railroads after Ohio derailment

BY: - March 15, 2023

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized the railroad industry for lobbying for deregulation and asked the National Transportation Safety Board to analyze if those efforts have increased derailments.