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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.

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U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

By: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats – Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

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Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

By: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

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Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

By: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans […]

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Sinema won’t support changes in the Senate filibuster, in setback for voting rights

By: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday appeared to end a drive by Democrats to change the Senate’s filibuster rules and pass major voting rights legislation. Sinema said during a Senate floor speech that she believed any changes to the filibuster would continue to create political division, despite her concerns over a wave […]

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Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

By: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel – the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members – will go to hospitals […]

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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

By: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well.  During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

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Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

By: - January 6, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 6 at 3:39 p.m. with new comments. WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification […]

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Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

By: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral […]

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Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

By: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]

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House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

By: - December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON – Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.   But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

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Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

By: - December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans – including women – for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to […]