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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.

Eviction notice

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

By: - August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Wildfire

‘It’s a tinderbox situation’: Western governors ask Biden for better wildfire prevention

By: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and […]

election officials proceed with the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on Nov. 6, 2020,

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

By: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

By: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate […]

Tracy Stone-Manning has been selected as the nominee to lead the BLM.

U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

By: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP opposition over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources […]

PFAS gel

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

By: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 […]

PFAS gel

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

By: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and […]

Poor People's Campaign march in D.C.

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

By: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. […]

PFAS gel

U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation, backers say

By: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is in the process of […]

Crowds gather at Yellowstone National Park

Bipartisan team leads push to expand veterans’ free access to national parks

By: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of bipartisan legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands.  “No one is more worthy of experiencing open access to the incredible places that these […]

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

By: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the […]

Vice President Kamala Harris

Vice President Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

By: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]