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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.

Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage

By: - September 28, 2020

Members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for $4 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help students in rural and low-income areas gain access to high speed internet. A digital divide that emerged as a major problem when schools shut down amid the pandemic last spring has persisted into the new academic year, […]

Trump nominates Barrett for SCOTUS, Michigan GOP Senate nominee says he backs process

By: and - September 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” […]

Trump reportedly passes over Michigander for Amy Coney Barrett on SCOTUS

By: and - September 25, 2020

President Donald Trump plans to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to several media reports. Trump had indicated this week that Michigander Joan Larsen, who Trump nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, was on his short […]

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at immigrant facility

By: - September 23, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility […]

U.S. House passes deal on stopgap funding, avoids government shutdown

By: - September 23, 2020

U.S. House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday night to pass a three-month funding stopgap, averting a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic and a short time before the November elections. In a 359-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 8337, which extends federal government funding until Dec. 11, when lawmakers would have to renew it […]

2 more senators side with GOP leaders’ push for Supreme Court vote

By: and - September 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two key Republican U.S. senators indicated Monday they won’t stand in the way of a furious effort by the Senate GOP to confirm a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before Inauguration Day. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday and said that her last wish was not to be replaced until a […]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday

By: - September 21, 2020

Updated, 1:36 p.m., 9/21/20, with Michigander Joan Larsen on Trump’s list President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died […]