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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.

3 Democrats test positive for COVID-19 after sheltering with maskless Republicans during Capitol riot

By: - January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, and blamed Republicans who refused to wear masks in a secure room where lawmakers were kept during the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, (D-Wash.), said those Republicans “mocked colleagues and staff” […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

By: - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol

By: and - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — After a day of insurrection and deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers early Thursday certified Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election. But as they moved toward the certain outcome of victory for Biden, some Republicans backed away from their earlier objections to the certification. That […]

Democrats prepare to take over U.S. Senate control after double victories in Georgia

By: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats were poised Wednesday to gain control of the U.S. Senate after securing historic wins in two Georgia runoff elections against Republican incumbents. Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler Tuesday and Democrat Jon Ossoff was declared the winner in his race against incumbent Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday, giving each party 50 […]

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

By: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did […]

U.S. Capitol on lockdown after pro-Trump demonstrators storm inside

By: and - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — A violent mob derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with the House of Representatives and Senate abruptly recessing after President Donald Trump’s supporters clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. Both legislative chambers were evacuated amid the chaos of pro-Trump rioters […]

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

By: and - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

By: - December 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education — Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it’s been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students this past year,” […]

Trump loyalist Perdue fights for not just his seat but the future of the GOP

By: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Sen. David Perdue during his six years in Congress served as a close ally of President Donald Trump. But with Trump in defeat, it now falls to the senior Georgia senator to preserve not just his own seat in January’s runoff election but also control of the U.S. Senate as the GOP’s last […]

What’s in the $900B emergency relief bill — and what’s out

By: and - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress is set to pass a massive bipartisan emergency relief bill that’s intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes: DIRECT CHECKS —$166 billion in another round of economic impact payments that will go directly to Americans. —$600 stimulus checks for individuals that begin […]

Biden to nominate Buttigieg for transportation secretary

By: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday he will nominate former presidential primary rival Pete Buttigieg to serve in his Cabinet as secretary of transportation. “What I admire about Pete, is he’s always clear about who he is, what he believes and how he wants to bring people in, not exclude them,” Biden said at an appearance […]

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

By: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four 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 elections,” according […]