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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

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

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges, including FAMU

By: - June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers. Committee Chairman David Scott, (D-Ga.), said that their testimony would help members of the committee work to make the […]

Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

By: - June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON—The mayors of U.S. cities stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, Ariz., all said that their cities are […]

Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among U.S. House Democrats

By: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday faced a backlash from Democratic colleagues and leaders in the House after she tweeted a video of a virtual exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. But some House Democratic allies also rose to Omar’s defense, saying that critics within […]

Local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating certain toxic chemicals as hazardous materials

By: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards. In addition, two Democratic U.S. senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military […]

Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom

By: - June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations. “It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make […]

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s voting record in the spotlight following Biden remarks

By: - June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House on Wednesday said that comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” were not a criticism of moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. Biden did not name the senators, but they were widely considered to be […]

Bill of rights for residents of manufactured housing introduced in Congress

By: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne is pushing for tenants’ rights to extend to residents of manufactured housing communities to protect them from predatory rent hikes. The Iowa Democrat introduced two pieces of legislation last week. One bill aims to establish a set of minimum standards and protections for tenants of manufactured housing communities, which are typically single […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned by House GOP leader

By: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according to CNN, and […]

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

By: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster sits on the House committee crafting the transportation portion of President Joe Biden’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, but he’s not pushing any pet projects for inclusion. Instead, Webster sent a letter to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s chairman and ranking Republican, asking that any funds designated […]

Republican A.G.s object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism

By: - May 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Twenty Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the United States. The A.G.s argue in a May 19 letter […]

Congressional Republicans urge State Department to declassify documents related to origins of the coronavirus

By: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee are pushing for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to declassify documents from a research facility in China relating to the origins of the coronavirus. Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, the top Republican on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, along with other GOP lawmakers wrote a letter to Blinken […]

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Homeless students slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told

By: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Witnesses before a U.S. House panel on this week advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are homeless and in foster care during the pandemic. “While housing is critical, housing alone does not close the educational gap faced by students who have experienced homelessness,” Jennifer Erb-Downward, […]