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

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Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which are homemade […]

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Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring

BY: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that eligible pharmacies and participating organizations will begin distributing the tests in the coming months to individuals on either original Medicare or in […]

Tom Vilsack

USDA to send out $1.4 billion to boost rural economies in the states

BY: - February 3, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the agency is investing $1.4 billion into rural economies through job training, business loans, and the expansion of technical assistance.   Vilsack said the programs will help create wealth in rural communities. “The rural economy, which plays an important role in our national economy, has historically […]

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White House plans speedy delivery to states of COVID vaccine for littlest kids

BY: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is preparing to ship COVID-19 vaccines to the states as quickly as possible, should the Food and Drug Administration approve an emergency use authorization for kids under 5.  White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Wednesday that approval of the specially formulated vaccine would make 18 million young children […]

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U.S. sending 2,000 North Carolina-based troops to Europe amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

BY: - February 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is preparing to deploy thousands of soldiers to Europe in the coming days, though those troops aren’t expected to fight in Ukraine should Russia attack that country.  Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Wednesday that 1,000 soldiers based in Germany will move to Romania and that 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg […]

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Federal OK sought for two-dose COVID vaccine for kids under 5

BY: - February 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday asked the federal government to begin the approval process for a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5. The companies said in a joint statement they began the rolling submission process for an emergency use authorization at the request of the Food and Drug Administration “in response to […]

Gov. Chris Sununu

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

BY: , and - January 31, 2022

WASHINGTON – Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government. But the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues of the moment – voting laws and […]

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Federal judge cites climate effect in canceling Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

BY: - January 28, 2022

A federal judge invalidated leases to drill for oil and gas in a broad swath of the Gulf of Mexico, telling the Biden administration to weigh climate impacts before allowing development. The ruling late Thursday handed a victory to environmental groups that had challenged the Interior Department’s move to comply with a separate court order […]

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States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

BY: - January 28, 2022

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, a photo of Washington state Election Director Lori Augino marked with crosshairs, her address, and the words “your days are numbered” was posted on a website alongside photos of numerous other state election officials described as “enemies of the people.”   Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in […]

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Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

BY: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday, giving President Joe Biden his first, and possibly only, opportunity to make a nomination for the lifetime appointment.  At the White House, Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February and recommitted to nominating the court’s first Black female […]

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Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

BY: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday.  The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]