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


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.

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.

Ashley Murray

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

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.

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.


Tim Ryan: Dept. of Defense should be ‘held responsible’ for PFAS in Oscoda water

BY: - May 5, 2019

As one of 22 Democratic candidates presently running for president, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) appears to recognize that it’s an uphill battle to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. Ryan, an Ohio congressman since 2003 who’s now making a long-shot bid for president, was in Grand Rapids last night. He was the keynote speaker […]

Andrew Yang pitches universal basic income in downtown Detroit

BY: - May 5, 2019

Businessman and longshot 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang appeared in Detroit’s Cass Corridor Saturday night, making the argument for his campaign’s signature policy of a universal basic income (UBI) for every American. Yang argued that Democrats’ failure in 2016 to sufficiently respond to the economic hangover the 2008 recession left in its wake led […]

Levin, Moolenaar unveil bill stopping deportation of Iraqi nationals

BY: - May 4, 2019

U.S. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.)  and U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) on Friday announced that they will introduce a bill on Tuesday halting the detainment and deportation of Iraqi nationals who have orders for removal. They unveiled the legislation at a press conference attended by U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) […]

Klobuchar pledges infrastructure support during Detroit speech

BY: - May 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Friday touted her support for improving the nation’s infrastructure, support for Obamacare and criminal justice reform during her first campaign visit to Michigan since announcing her candidacy for president.   “I’m sure you are sick and tired of having all the infrastructure in the country on the back of […]

DeVos whacks Big 3 in Manhattan Institute speech

BY: - May 2, 2019

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at a dinner held in her honor by the free-market urbanist think tank the Manhattan Institute on Wednesday. She included pointed words about Detroit’s major automakers in her traditional pitch for the expansion of America’s charter school system. The West Michigan billionaire compared Detroit’s big three automakers — Ford, […]

U.S. House passes climate bill in a rebuke to Trump

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday approved legislation that would force the administration to remain in the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s plans to exit the pact. The bill from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) was passed largely along party lines by a vote of 231-190. The Michigan delegation was split on partisan […]

Michigan snags 4 presidential candidates in 4 days

BY: - May 2, 2019

Four Democrats hoping to be the one who beats President Donald Trump next year will be swinging through Michigan over the course of four days starting Friday. As the Advance previously reported, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will headline the NAACP’s annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit on Sunday. That will be her […]


Michigan Republicans are ready to ‘turn the page’ on Mueller report. Democrats are not.

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan Republicans are eager to put Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report behind them, but Democrats say the investigations are just getting started. The redacted report on Russian election interference in 2016, released in late April, has been the epicenter of a heated political debate on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers have returned […]

Whitmer orders examination of Michigan auto insurance rates

BY: - May 1, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to look into Michigan’s sky-high auto insurance rates. In a news release on Wednesday, the Democratic governor directed the agency to examine how insurance providers in Michigan use non-driving factors like ZIP codes, credit scores and educational attainment as a way of […]

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TSA has too few pipeline security officials, Upton and Dingell say

BY: - May 1, 2019

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) say there are not enough federal officials within the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assigned to help protect the nation’s 2.7 million miles of pipelines carrying oil, gas and other hazardous liquids. Upton, ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee on the U.S. House Committee on […]

Michigan takes center stage in congressional hearing on auto insurance

BY: - May 1, 2019

A U.S. House panel hearing Wednesday on discrimination in auto insurance and loan rates took a familiar turn, with Michigan playing a key role. The debate in the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations was similar to discussions in Michigan’s Legislature, with Republicans pointing fingers at Michigan’s one-of-a-kind no-fault system for high […]

Michigan Senate GOP appeals gerrymandering case to SCOTUS

BY: - May 1, 2019

Updated: 5/2/19, 10:16 A.M. The Republican majority in the Michigan Senate has, as promised, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court’s order that new legislative maps be drawn. This comes after a federal ruling last week that determined multiple districts in the state had been gerrymandered to the benefit of the GOP. The […]