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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.

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

By: and - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

Dusk at the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia where the U.S. House voted to grant statehood to the federal district despite GOP opposition from Kansas lawmakers. The measure is likely to stall in the U.S. Senate. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

By: - December 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of […]

What’s in the $900B emergency relief bill — and what’s out

By: and - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress is set to pass a massive bipartisan emergency relief bill that’s intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes: DIRECT CHECKS — $166 billion in another round of economic impact payments that will go directly to Americans. — $600 stimulus checks for individuals […]

Tyson workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

By: - December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19. Tyson fired seven managers at the Waterloo pork processing plant following an independent investigation into the betting allegations and a wave of national […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas suit that tried to overturn election results

By: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according […]

Republican Roger Marshall was elected in November to the U.S. Senate after defeating Democrat Barbara Bollier by leaning on Kansas' heavy GOP voter registration to overcame a financial disadvantage. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

More than half of U.S. House Republicans back Texas suit claiming election ‘irregularities’

By: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than 100 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday backed a longshot Texas lawsuit that seeks to delay the certification of presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground states that President-elect Joe Biden won. In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

By: - November 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written […]

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

By: - November 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters during a COVID-19 briefing in April 2020 at the White House with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to his left. Pompeo is a potential candidate for president in 2024. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Pompeo, Senate Republicans chime in on Trump claims of stolen election

By: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some Republicans in Congress are agreeing with President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, and backing legal challenges to voting results in states won by President-elect Joe Biden. “For the integrity of the electoral process, and the system that we have chosen to effectuate our democracy, we have […]

Georgia voters could determine control of the U.S. Senate

By: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January, opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State.  One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is already set. While […]

Democrats reel after losses, setbacks in Congress

By: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s election was a disaster for congressional Democrats, who were expected to pick up nearly a dozen GOP seats in the House but instead lost races while also failing to flip Senate seats held by vulnerable Republicans. The outlook for Democratic control of the Senate did not improve the day after the election, […]

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, endorsed state Sen. Kellie Warren in the GOP primary for attorney general. Others in the Republican field include former Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former U.S. prosecutor Tony Mattivi. The primary is Aug. 2. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Where Kansas fits in the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate

By: and - October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House, capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House — an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through […]