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.

Biden: Trump ‘certainly supported an insurrection’ on Jan. 6

By: - December 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that there was “no question” former President Donald Trump was responsible for supporting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol more than two years ago. Biden’s comments followed Tuesday’s ruling by Colorado’s Supreme Court that ordered Trump barred from appearing on the state’s 2024 presidential ballot, on the grounds of […]

Hopes dim even more for immigration agreement in US Senate before holidays

By: - December 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators late Monday said they are closer to an agreement on changes to immigration policy in order to clear a multibillion-dollar global security package, but any timing on a deal or details of that framework remained elusive. “While the job is not finished, I’m confident that we’re headed in the right direction,” […]

Potential immigration deal involving White House angers progressive and Latino advocates

By: - December 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — Immigration advocates and Democrats are frustrated that the Biden administration is negotiating an immigration deal with U.S. Senate Republicans that could resurrect a pandemic-era tool used by the Trump administration to expel millions of migrants. The consideration of a statutory authority similar to Title 42 has angered progressive and Latino lawmakers, who have […]

US Senate postpones winter break as lawmakers try to craft an immigration deal

By: and - December 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House headed home Thursday for a three-week winter break without completing work on several must-pass bills, but senators are now scheduled to return to Capitol Hill on Monday as leaders in the upper chamber and the White House look for an agreement on immigration policy. The last-minute scheduling change […]

Immigration talks in Congress lag as Latino lawmakers urge rejection of GOP proposals 

By: - December 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — Negotiations over immigration policy made small progress Wednesday, but not enough to strike a deal and ease the passage of billions in global security aid before Congress leaves for a three-week recess. Meanwhile, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they are frustrated that some proposals under discussion would make major changes in […]

White House to meet with dozens of Democratic state legislators on gun violence prevention

By: - December 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that its Office of Gun Violence Prevention will meet Wednesday with nearly 100 Democratic state legislators in an effort to reduce gun violence and offer federal support. As part of the meeting, known as the Safer States Initiative, the Biden administration will aim to provide states with more tools […]

Zelenskyy pitches Congress on Ukraine military aid, but it’s tied to stalled border talks

By: , and - December 12, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after their afternoon meeting. WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy struggled Tuesday to convince members of Congress to approve billions in additional aid to his country at a crucial moment in the nearly two-year war with […]

Biden meets with leaders of tribal nations, signs order easing access to federal funds

By: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that would make it easier for tribal nations to access and invest federal funding on their own terms. “It’s hard work to heal the wrongs of the past and change the course and move forward,” Biden said. “But the actions we are taking today are […]

Border talks stuck as Senate nears vote on package for Israel, Ukraine aid

By: - December 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — The success of the U.S. Senate in passing a $106 billion global security supplemental aid package hinges on a bipartisan agreement about U.S. border security, but any deal was at an impasse Tuesday. “There will not be a national security bill unless and until there is serious and significant changes in security at […]

Congress is haggling over border security: Where does it stand?

By: - December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — As Congress negotiates the White House’s $106 billion supplemental aid request for Israel, Ukraine and U.S. border security, fights over immigration policy have tied up the request. The White House sent its proposal, which includes nearly $14 billion in supplemental border security funding, to Congress in late October, but it will likely look […]

U.S. House votes to bar use of public lands for housing migrants

By: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Thursday passed a bill to bar the use of public lands for temporary housing for migrants applying for asylum. The bill, H.R. 5283, passed with a majority of Republicans in support, 224-203. Nebraska’s three Republican House members supported the bill. It’s dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats hold […]

Gun violence as a public health crisis explored by U.S. Senate Democrats

By: - November 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday discussed how to treat gun violence as a public health crisis, in hopes of building upon last year’s federal gun safety legislation. “Across the country, gun violence is a public health epidemic,” Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks. […]