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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.

Migrants at Mexico border

U.S. House Democrats applaud end of Trump-era policy on migrants at the border

By: - April 6, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the so-called Title 42 policy, enacted on public health grounds at the beginning of the pandemic, will end on May 23. 

Tulane students on campus

Pause on federal student loan repayments extended by Biden through Aug. 31

By: - April 6, 2022

The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments until the end of August.

U.S. Immigration asylum documents

Biden administration to halt pandemic policy blocking migrants who claim asylum

By: - April 1, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday the government will terminate a Trump-era policy that prevented migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis, including the coronavirus pandemic.

Raphael Warnock at an Atlanta pharmacy

Insulin price cap approved by U.S. House as Georgia’s Warnock pushes for Senate passage

By: - March 31, 2022

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill on a bipartisan 232-193 vote that would limit the price of insulin, as congressional Democrats met throughout the day with health care advocates to make their case for the proposal. 

Biden signs law named for Emmett Till that makes lynching a federal hate crime

By: - March 29, 2022

Nearly 70 years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi by two white men, President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime.

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

Biden lays out a ‘fund the police’ budget plan

By: - March 28, 2022

President Joe Biden’s budget request to Congress unveiled Monday asks for $30 billion for state and local governments to add more police officers across the nation. 

Migrants at border crossing

New process for asylum cases at the border unveiled by Biden administration

By: - March 24, 2022

The Biden administration announced Thursday steps to expedite asylum cases at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to resolve a years-long backlog, but policy advocates worry the streamlined process could prevent asylum seekers from obtaining legal representation if their cases are denied.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

GOP senators attack and interrupt in final day of questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee

By: - March 23, 2022

Republicans grilled Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson with questions she had already answered about seven cases — out of hundreds she handled as a federal district court judge.

U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy

Here’s what senators said on the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings

By: and - March 21, 2022

The 22 members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee each had 10 minutes on Monday to make opening statements about the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dillard University

Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress

By: - March 17, 2022

A top FBI official told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday that the agency believes a single juvenile is behind most of the bomb threats made to more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

U.S. Senate backs shift to permanent daylight saving time

By: - March 15, 2022

If the bill, the Sunshine Protection Act, clears the House, it would mean most states would stay on daylight saving time throughout the year — giving them an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. 

President Joe Biden

Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

By: - March 14, 2022

President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic and resources from his infrastructure investment program.