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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Women could claim the most governors’ seats in U.S. history in November

BY: - October 5, 2022

Twenty-five women governor candidates were nominated by the two major political parties this election cycle, sharply up from 16 in 2018.

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. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

BY: - September 29, 2022

The package approved Thursday was formed around a short-term spending bill that must pass before Friday at midnight to keep the federal government open through Dec. 16.

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

BY: - September 29, 2022

A group of Democrats said the plan would weaken environmental protections and make it harder for communities to object to new construction.

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

The bill would provide aid to Ukraine, help communities recover from natural disasters and fund the federal government through mid-December.

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

Federal agencies would face new deadlines for reviews of energy projects such as pipelines under legislation proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin.

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.

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

The legislation would make it a felony to perform more than a dozen gender-affirming medical procedures on someone under the age of 18.

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.

U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

BY: - September 15, 2022

A drive to get at least 10 GOP senators to support the bill appears to have fallen short, leading to a delay until after the November midterm elections