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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.

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 publicity. But labor advocates […]

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

By: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from Georgia and three other 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 […]

Most GOP U.S. House members back Texas suit casting election doubt

By: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than 100 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday backed a long-shot 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 105 of his Republican colleagues in […]

U.S. House spending bill averts shutdown, relief talks drag on

By: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—The House on Wednesday voted to pass a stopgap spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and giving a group of bipartisan lawmakers another week to negotiate a coronavirus relief package. In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on the stalled relief […]

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases

By: - December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON—Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South, including Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta. Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement […]

Ga. Rep. Scott first African American chair of U.S. House Ag Committee

By: - December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Democratic caucus on Thursday ratified Rep. David Scott’s selection to chair the Agriculture Committee, making him the first African American and the first Georgian to lead the panel. “I was born on my grandparents’ farm in rural Aynor, South Carolina, during the days of segregation, and the hardships, of those, on whose […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

By: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Tuesday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal that would […]

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

By: - November 24, 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 been inadequate […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to reinstate DACA for starters

By: - November 24, 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 into law. […]

Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite surge in COVID-19

By: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in COVID-19 cases […]

Newly elected Greene condemns face masks at U.S. House frosh orientation

By: - November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON—Newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won a northwest Georgia congressional district Nov. 3, denounced the usefulness of wearing masks to other House freshmen at their orientation session here on Friday. “I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive,” Greene, a Republican who supports the far-right conspiracy group QAnon, tweeted. Greene added that people in Georgia don’t […]

Republicans in Congress chime in on Trump claims of a stolen election

By: - November 11, 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 got to […]