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:

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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Schumer, Senate Democrats Ask For Meeting With Republicans About Health Care Bill

Friday, June 16, 2017

Republicans are writing the bill behind closed doors.


House Not Pushing Senate on New York Medicaid Change

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The change was key to passage in the House, but upstate Rep. Chris Collins says he hasn't spoken with Senators about his own amendment, and he doesn't know if it will be in their bill.


Trump Raising Money for New Jersey Ally Who Helped with Obamacare Repeal Effort

Friday, June 09, 2017

Tom MacArthur helped wrangle a House deal on the repeal — but don't call it a thank-you gift.


Gillibrand Presses Feds on Medical Care for Immigrant Detainees

Monday, June 05, 2017

The New York Democrat has sent a list of questions to the Department of Homeland Security, following reports that at least 8 immigrants in detention have died since October.


Trump's Proposed Budget Prompts Local Leaders To Sound Alarm

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump’s budget would boost military spending and reduce taxes at the expense of a wide array of domestic programs that affect the region.


'The MacArthur Amendment' Bites Its Author Back

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Jersey congressman broke the deadlock over the GOP health care bill. But the backlash from colleagues prompted him to step down as co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group.


Ethics Complaint Filed Over Frelinghuysen Fundraising Letter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A government watchdog says Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen abused his position by highlighting a bank employee's liberal activism.

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Trump's Rise Gives Gillibrand a Long-Awaited Opportunity

Monday, May 15, 2017

Once overshadowed by the woman she replaced, Hillary Clinton, and New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand has emerged as a vocal leader of the opposition to President Trump.

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At Town Halls Across the Country, Constituents Show Discontent

Friday, May 12, 2017

A series of town halls across the country this week saw constituents erupt in anger over the Congressional efforts to reform health care. 

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New Jersey Liberals Give Republican an Earful

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur, an architect of the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill, held a town hall meeting in a Democratic stronghold.

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Fewer Town Halls As House Heads Home For A Break

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

But two Republicans from New Jersey who cast key votes will hear from constituents.

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Republicans Vote for Trumpcare While Hoping Something Better Comes Along

Friday, May 05, 2017

Whether the Senate can fix the bill to the House's liking is a big question.


New Jersey Lawmakers Play Key Role In House Health Care Vote

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Caught between constituents and leadership, Frelinghuysen flips on health care repeal.

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Spending Deal Will Keep Hudson Tunnel Project Moving

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The compromise is a direct rebuke of President Trump.

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Frelinghuysen Getting Squeezed Over Health Care Vote

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Health care repeal has caught the New Jersey Republican between liberal constituents and national conservatives.

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Gateway Project Still Hoping for Federal Funding, But There's a Back Up Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gateway Program to add a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River is moving forward, despite a proposal by President Trump to do away with federal funding.

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Senators Disagree About Legality of Syrian Airstrikes

Friday, April 07, 2017

Senate Democrats say President Trump needs Congressional approval if he wants to escalate the Syrian conflict.


New Jersey Activists Get a Meeting With Frelinghuysen

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

BlueWave NJ and NJ 11th For Change brought three buses of voters to Frelinghuysen's D.C. office.

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