DC BUREAU

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

STAFF

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.

STORIES

Sen. Joe Manchin

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes, and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

Bill guaranteeing right to birth control blocked in U.S. Senate by Republican

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats tried to pass legislation Wednesday that would guarantee women can continue using contraception if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the long-standing precedent, the way it did with abortion.  But Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst blocked their efforts by objecting to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey’s request for unanimous consent to […]

Gun company CEOs tell Congress they’re not to blame for mass shootings

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel on Wednesday that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Ahead of the hearing, the House Oversight & Reform […]

GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

BY: - July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights.  “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 22, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Elections officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors this week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

Trump ‘chose not to act’ as U.S. Capitol underwent attack, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - July 22, 2022

Donald Trump ignored White House staff, family members, and outside advisers who urged the president to call off the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to testimony before the U.S. House panel investigating the insurrection at its eighth and final hearing of the summer Thursday night. Instead, Trump sat in the […]

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear. Supporting Democrats included Reps. Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster. The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last […]

Same-sex marriage and contraception at risk after abortion ruling, U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Advocates told Congress on Thursday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a landmark abortion rights case is likely only the beginning, and could be followed by similar action by the high court on same-sex marriage, contraception, and more. Witnesses at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing advised that to prevent that from […]

Lisa Murkowski sits at a desk during a Senate hearing

U.S. Senate panel wrestles with questions about abortions needed to save a patient’s life

BY: - July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. Senate panel that oversees health care sharply disagreed Wednesday over how Congress should respond to confusion among doctors about compliance with state abortion bans.  State abortion restrictions, some of which were written long ago and don’t account for complicated medical situations, don’t make it clear when a […]

A man looks at the freezer section of a grocery store

U.S. inflation hits a 40-year high in June, but Biden points to decreasing gas prices

BY: - July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. inflation reached a 40-year high for June as prices for gas, food, and rent increased, according to the latest Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday. Consumer prices for all items increased 9.1 percent for the 12 months ending in June compared to last year, the biggest year-to-year […]

Trump tweet invited ‘wild’ mob to block transfer of power on Jan. 6, House panel says

BY: - July 12, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results described Tuesday how the president explicitly called on his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, for a “wild” protest – resulting in an insurrection. Trump exerted extraordinary influence over the mob, who marched to the Capitol on […]

Xavier Becerra

State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers

BY: - July 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration reminded doctors and other health care providers Monday that a federal law protects them if they provide abortion services to save a patient’s life or health in emergency situations – regardless of what state laws say.  U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a letter that the […]