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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa is a reporter at the States Newsroom, in the Washington, D.C, bureau.

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

By: - 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 flipping GOP-held […]

Biden in final debate vows an immigration overhaul in his first 100 days as president

By: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden acknowledged that the […]

Barrett nomination advances to the U.S. Senate floor with a GOP-only vote

By: - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as Democrats boycotted the hearing in a show of protest. The 12 Republicans on the panel speedily voted on Barrett’s nomination and sent it to the Senate floor. The full Senate will […]

Florida-Puerto Rico connection highlighted as the island makes a new bid for statehood

By: - October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—The long-debated possibility of statehood for Puerto Rico is gaining traction—a development sure to be watched closely by the more than 1 million members of the Puerto Rico diaspora who make their homes in Florida. Yet even though Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a backer of statehood, as are top Democrats in the House […]

Few precedents for presidential candidates unable to stay on the ticket

By: - October 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s diagnosis with COVID-19 just a month before Election Day raises the question of what happens in the unlikely case a nominee is unable to continue as a candidate for the presidency. The answer is murky at best, and complicated, with little precedent to follow. Trump arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical […]

President Trump taken to Walter Reed National Medical Center for “the next few days”

By: and - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump was to taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland Friday, where White House officials said he is expected to stay for “the next few days” for treatment of COVID-19. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany described Trump, who disclosed his diagnosis earlier Friday, as having mild symptoms and […]

U.S. House passes new pandemic relief bill, but talks lag on a bipartisan deal

By: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer. But the package, passed on a 214-207 vote, with 18 Democrats splitting from their party, is […]

Trump tells far-right group to ‘stand back and stand by’ during presidential debate

By: - September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump directly addressed a far-right group, the Proud Boys, during Tuesday nights debate with Democrat Joe Biden, telling them to “stand back and stand by.” But the president failed to answer a question about why Americans should trust him to deal with issues of racial justice. For his part, Biden recalled Trump’s “both […]

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

By: - September 26, 2020

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 said […]

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

By: - September 25, 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, […]

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

By: - September 22, 2020

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 again. The […]

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

By: and - September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two key Republican 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. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley ended the suspense with a statement Monday night saying there’s no “ambiguity” about what direction for […]