John O'Connor

Washington correspondent

John O'Connor is WNYC's Washington correspondent. He has previous covered education for Florida radio stations and politics for newspapers in South Carolina and Maryland.

John O'Connor appears in the following:

As He Seeks Return to Congress, Michael Grimm Tweets a Photo With Steve Bannon

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The former Staten Island Congressman tweeted a photo of himself with Trump advisor Steve Bannon, setting up a possible battle for the President's endorsement in the congressional race.


Rep. Espaillat Wants Federal Help to Resettle Puerto Ricans in NY

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Northern Manhattan Democrat says those who want to leave the battered island should get help to do so.


Why the Latest Health Care Bill Could Kill Your Tax Benefits

Friday, September 22, 2017

The latest bill goes even further to restrict abortion services. And that could cause trouble in New York.


For Frelinghuysen, Budget Clout Also Comes With Scrutiny

Monday, September 18, 2017

Money for the Gateway tunnel is a win. But will Republican budget cuts come with a political price?


Schumer's Hot-Mic Take on Trump: "He Likes Us"

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A hot mic picked up one New Yorker talking about the advice he gave to another at a White House dinner.

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Booker Backs Sanders' Universal Health Care Plan

Monday, September 11, 2017

A growing number of Democratic 2020 hopefuls are backing single-payer health care.


Schumer's Big Week Has Republicans Worried

Friday, September 08, 2017

Democratic minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer has pointed the spotlight at others. But he's got the attention of Republicans attention now.

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New Jersey Republicans Want a DACA Replacement

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

With Republicans in control — and on the hook — New Jersey's lawmakers have come around on immigration.


What's Next After Charlottesville? Members Of Congress Aren't Saying

Friday, August 18, 2017

Just one local Republican has suggested a response from Congress.


Chuck Schumer and the Art of Managing Democrats

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Senate Minority Leader is focused on 2018, when 10 of his members are up for re-election in states that President Trump won.


Republicans Reject Schumer's Tax Priorities

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Second verse, same as the first. Republicans plan to go their own way in Congress' next big debate.


Chuck Schumer's Unity Strategy

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed in dramatic fashion early Friday morning — in part because Sen. Chuck Schumer convinced Democrats to stick together. 

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Senate Democrats Block a GOP Health Bill, But More Debate Looms

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bolstered by a late Tuesday vote, Democrats are girding for more debate and more amendments this week that would repeal Obamacare.


Democrats Focus on Economic Issues to Rebuild After Election Losses

Monday, July 24, 2017

Maybe New York City and rural Virginia aren't that different after all.


Rank And File May Go Their Own Way On Health Care

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Centrist Republicans and Democrats are ready to come up with their own fix for Obamacare.

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How New York And New Jersey's 2018 Congressional Races Are Shaping Up

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Several incumbents could face off against well-funded challengers.

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Draft House Budget Includes $900 Million For Gateway Project

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If the money is included in the final House budget, work can start replacing a failing New Jersey bridge.


While GOP Health Bill Remains in Limbo, See How it Affects You

Monday, July 10, 2017

While Senate Republicans appear no closer to an agreement about how to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats are voicing their support for a public option.


The Three Key Choices Sen. Schumer Made to Save Obamacare

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's a temporary reprieve, but allies and experts say if Democrats are able to save Obamacare, it could depend on some strategic decisions made by Sen. Chuck Schumer.


Schumer, Democrats Play Hardball to Delay Republican Health Care Bill

Monday, June 19, 2017

The more time they have before voting on it, the more Democrats have a chance to build opposition against the GOP bill.

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