DC BUREAU

Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect our state.

STAFF

Jane Norman

DC Bureau Chief

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Jennifer Shutt

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Jacob Fischler

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ariana Figueroa

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

STORIES

The actions fall far short of calls from many congressional Democrats to take more aggressive actions to address the climate crisis. (Getty Images)

Biden lays out new funds for localities on climate, but no national emergency yet

BY: - July 21, 2022

With U.S. Senate negotiations over climate funding stalled, President Joe Biden on Wednesday directed additional spending to help states and cities manage climate disasters — resisting calls from many congressional Democrats to take more aggressive executive action like a declaration of a national climate emergency. Biden also announced steps executive agencies are taking to expand […]

Nashville's Mario Oranday and Andrew Baumgarten, recently engaged, fear same-sex marriage will be the next right to fall following the U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade. (Photo: John Partipilo)

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear.  The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the constitutional right to […]

Members of Congress participating in a Tuesday abortion rights protest between Capitol Hill and the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Jennifer Shutt)

Members of Congress arrested after protest for abortion rights in front of Supreme Court

BY: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen members of Congress were arrested Tuesday alongside abortion rights activists after they sat down and blocked an intersection between the U.S. Capitol building and the Supreme Court to protest conservative justices’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  The act of civil disobedience came as backers of abortion rights urge […]

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson has introduced a bill that would expand the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 seats. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Progressives renew call for U.S. Supreme Court expansion after abortion rights decision

BY: - July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. House Democrats Monday called for the passage of legislation that would add four justices to the Supreme Court, following the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that provided the constitutional right to abortion.  “It’s an ultra-right-wing Republican Supreme Court,” Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said during a […]

Georgia state lawmaker Renitta Shannon told a U.S. House testifying that as abortion is outlawed, mortality rates will climb.(Screenshot)

Pregnant patients without access to abortion face a ‘death sentence,’ U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses told a U.S. House committee on Wednesday that pregnant patients who can’t obtain abortions will face higher mortality rates if they are forced to carry their pregnancies to term.  “It is essentially a death sentence,” Michele Bratcher Goodwin, the chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, told lawmakers. Democratic state […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a video screen above members of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol during the seventh hearing on the January 6th investigation in the Cannon House Office Building on July 12, 2022. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images)

Trump tweet invited ‘wild’ mob to block transfer of power on Jan. 6, House panel say

BY: - July 13, 2022

 The U.S. House panel investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results described Tuesday how the president explicitly called on his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for a “wild” protest — resulting in an insurrection.  Trump exerted extraordinary influence over the mob, who marched to the Capitol on […]

Vice President Kamala Harris presenting a diploma to a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville on May 7. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vice president discusses abortion access with Democratic legislative leaders

BY: - July 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris met Friday with Democratic state legislators from Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana to discuss ways to protect reproductive rights.  “The U.S. Supreme Court took away a constitutional right,” Harris said, adding that the overturning of Roe v. Wade was one of the most pressing issues facing the […]

An abortion rally in downtown Nashville took protesters on a route to the state Capitol and the federal courthouse. Photo: John Partipilo

As abortion crisis engulfs red states, advocates press White House for a bolder plan

BY: - July 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Frustrated abortion rights advocates are imploring President Joe Biden to make sweeping moves to protect abortion access, saying now is the time for Democrats to be bold as Republican-led states rapidly implement restrictions and outright bans.  Stymied in the U.S. Senate by the filibuster, congressional Democrats are highly unlikely to approve legislation that […]

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19.(Drew Angerer/Getty Image)

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 4, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New […]

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Dr. Patrick Jackson holds the Bible. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Getty Images)

History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

BY: - July 1, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took barely three […]

Biden in January called for an end to the Senate filibuster to pass voting rights legislation during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus. Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder

Biden says he supports filibuster exception for abortion rights legislation

BY: - June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday said he supports an exception to the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, after the Supreme Court last week struck down the case that established abortion as a constitutional right.  “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

BY: - June 30, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that […]