Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220-to-210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill.
The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission.
Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security.
Samuel Aguilar, Georgia State Director of the immigration reform advocacy group FWD.us, applauded the Biden administration for taking action to change the direction of the country’s approach to immigration right out of the gate.
Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South, including Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta.