Ailsa Chang http://wrur.org en VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://wrur.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 7323 at http://wrur.org GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip http://wrur.org/post/gop-mccarthy-voted-majority-leader-scalise-chosen-whip Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 6886 at http://wrur.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://wrur.org/post/superheroes-go-washington-and-theyve-got-political-advice Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.<p>It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.<p>But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 6093 at http://wrur.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Senate Follows House Lead In Passing Debt Limit Raise http://wrur.org/post/senate-follows-house-lead-passing-debt-limit-raise Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Congress has averted a default by raising the country's borrowing limit. The Senate passed the legislation this afternoon after overcoming an attempted filibuster. The bill pushes the debt ceiling deadline to March of 2015 and it now heads to the White House for the president to sign. As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, Democrats needed five Republicans to join them. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 5442 at http://wrur.org Does Congress Have Enough Political Will To Reduce The Debt? http://wrur.org/post/does-congress-have-enough-political-will-reduce-debt Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When Congress reached a bipartisan budget deal last December, there was much fanfare about the compromises made by both parties. And immediately afterwards, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle began working to reverse one of the spending cuts - a small reduction in military pensions. One plan to restore those pensions is up for a vote today in the Senate. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 5416 at http://wrur.org When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill http://wrur.org/post/when-lobbyists-literally-write-bill It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word.<p>In an example a week and a half ago, the House passed a measure that would roll back a portion of the 2010 financial reforms known as Dodd-Frank. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 4412 at http://wrur.org When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill Clock Keeps Ticking Toward Government Shutdown http://wrur.org/post/clock-keeps-ticking-toward-government-shutdown Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The brinksmanship is familiar, but nobody quite knows how the fight over a government shutdown will end.<p>GREENE: Congress has to pass a bill by midnight to keep the government in full operation. House Republicans demanded that all funds be denied to Obamacare in exchange for keeping the government running 45 days. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 3823 at http://wrur.org Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep http://wrur.org/post/republican-tactics-slow-down-obamacare-prep As Republicans try to figure out how to defund President Obama's health care law, some members of the party are attacking Obamacare on other fronts, too.<p>One House committee is investigating groups that were contracted to educate people about how to enroll, and the tactics are slowing down preparation for the rollout of the health care exchanges scheduled next Tuesday.<p><strong>Investigating The "Navigators"</strong><p>Lisa Hamler-Fugitt was staring at her computer at work right before taking off for the long Labor Day weekend when a nondescript email from the House Energy and Commerce Comm Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 3786 at http://wrur.org Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep Republicans Push Back On Obama's D.C. Court Nominees http://wrur.org/post/republicans-push-back-obamas-dc-court-nominees If President Obama has his way, he will get to fill three more of the 11 slots on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second most powerful court in the country. Obama already has filled one vacancy with Sri Srinivasan, who was confirmed back in May.<p>On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved another nominee for the D.C. Circuit, law professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard.<p>That means two of the president's picks — Pillard and Patricia Millett, who was approved by the Judiciary Committee on Aug. 1 — are now waiting for a full Senate vote. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 3685 at http://wrur.org Republicans Push Back On Obama's D.C. Court Nominees Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill http://wrur.org/post/syria-resolution-could-be-hard-sell-capitol-hill Twenty-four hours after President Obama announced on Saturday that he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol.<p>For days, most of the discontent among members of Congress has been about not being included in the deliberations on Syria, about not getting the chance to vote. Now that they've gotten their way, each member of Congress will have to go on the record.<p>"Right now, I would say, if the vote were today, it would probably be a no vote," Republican Rep. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 3408 at http://wrur.org Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill