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.

Protesters from Pa., nationwide rally at U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

By: - December 1, 2021

Supporters of abortion rights and abortion opponents jostled in front of the court, chanting and shouting through bullhornsbullhorns

Immigration protections in Biden’s domestic bill face test in the Senate; Pa. lawmakers react

By: - November 25, 2021

House Democrats sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to include a pathway to citizenship in the final bill.

House Dems pass Biden’s $1.85T domestic policy bill; Pa. lawmakers split on party lines

By: , , and - November 19, 2021

The sprawling 'Build Back Better' legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Bob Casey has called for swift action.

Pa.’s Capitol Hill Republicans vote against censuring Arizona’s Paul Gosar over threatening video

By: and - November 18, 2021

Eight of of Pa.'s 9 GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a frequent Democratic crossover vote, opposed the measure, which also stripped Gosar of his committee posts

At D.C. rally, parents GOP lawmakers vow nat’l push to get critical race theory out of schools

By: - November 17, 2021

'We’re ready for a new era in education,' U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. said. 'Other people now know what I’ve known for a long time—parents are a force to be reckoned with.'

‘America is moving again’: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill, bringing billions to Pa.

By: , , and - November 15, 2021

The bill, which channels billions of dollars in funding to the Keystone State, 'will undoubtedly move Pennsylvania forward,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.

U.S. House sends $1.2T infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

By: , and - November 6, 2021

All nine Democratic members of Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill delegation voted in favor, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District.

Biden pitches new $1.75T spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

By: - October 28, 2021

Clean energy program, other major Biden initiatives, stripped from framework to satisfy moderate Democrats.

Teacher and students in a classroom.

GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

By: - October 8, 2021

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District, is among the GOP lawmakers protesting the DOJ's move.

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

By: - October 6, 2021

School board meetings have also been under attack for mask mandates to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

By: - October 3, 2021

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has stressed her commitment to keeping in provisions relating to children, such as universal pre-K.

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

By: - September 20, 2021

The opinion by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian, was a setback for the Biden administration and Democrats who would have to reach 60 votes in the Senate for any immigration reform, rather than a simple majority through reconciliation, a process reserved for matters that affect spending, revenues, the deficit or the debt limit. The Senate is evenly split between the parties.