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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.

Dems move to strip committee assignments from Greene

By: and - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Rules Committee is set to meet on Wednesday to consider a resolution that would strip Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments. If approved for debate by the panel, the resolution would move to the floor of the Democratic-controlled House for a vote. It is […]

Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of confirmation hearing

By: - February 1, 2021

Updated, 12:21 p.m., 2/3/21 WASHINGTON — Tom Vilsack, the president’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, will likely face questions about his treatment of Black farmers and his record on civil rights at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. President Joe Biden’s decision to tap the former Iowa governor, who also […]

Hawley pushes ethics probe of U.S. Senate Dems who filed complaint over his role in the insurrection

By: - January 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Seven U.S. Senate Democrats urged the chamber’s ethics panel to investigate Sen. Josh Hawley’s role in the pro-Trump assault on the Capitol, and the Missouri Republican is now asking the committee to probe them. In a Monday letter, Hawley argued that the seven Democrats filed an improper complaint last week against him and Sen. Ted […]

Biden immigration overhaul would open door to citizenship for 11M people

By: - January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in a […]

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

By: , and - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States. At noon, he took the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol, attacked police […]

A congressman and his aides armed themselves with scissors in the face of a mob. Now he wants Trump prosecuted.

By: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle slipped a pair of scissors into his pocket as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. He didn’t tell his staff members because he didn’t want to alarm them — but also didn’t realize his three staffers made the same call. They, too, had each grabbed a pair of scissors as […]

2 Mich. Republicans join in bipartisan, historic 2nd Trump impeachment

By: , and - January 13, 2021

Updated, 6:13 p.m., 1/13/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time, charging him with inciting violent rioters last week who rampaged through the U.S. Capitol, temporarily derailing the tally of presidential votes and leading to at least five deaths. Nine of Michigan’s 14-member delegation voted to impeach […]

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

By: - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Almost a week after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice held their first press conference on Tuesday to announce that they are directing prosecutors to issue a slew of sedition and conspiracy charges against pro-Trump insurrectionists. More than 170 cases have been opened […]

Updated: 3 Dem lawmakers have COVID-19 after sheltering with maskless Republicans during Capitol melee

By: - January 11, 2021

Updated 11:45 a.m., 1/12/21 WASHINGTON — The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, and blamed Republicans who refused to wear masks in a secure room where lawmakers were kept during the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, (D-Wash.) said those […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump insurrection

By: - January 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

Congress certifies Biden as president, 3 Michigan GOP reps. object to electoral votes in 2 states

By: and - January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — After a day of insurrection and deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers early Thursday certified Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election. But as they moved toward the certain outcome of victory for Biden, some Republicans backed away from their earlier objections to the certification. That […]

U.S. Capitol on lockdown after pro-Trump crowd storms inside

By: and - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump supporters derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with both chambers abruptly recessing after demonstrators clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. A House office building was evacuated, and the Capitol and surrounding office buildings were locked down as […]