Juana Summers


Juana Summers is an education reporter at NPR

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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.


Garner Case Behind Him, Donovan Takes Oath Of Office In Congress

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ex-Staten Island DA Dan Donovan may be best known for investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in a chokehold. But now Donovan is trying to forge a new path in Congress.


Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"It's not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit," said House Speaker John Boehner. Democrats advocated for an amendment that would fund advanced technology.


GOP Split Over Bill To Let Immigrants In U.S. Illegally Serve In Military

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children to serve. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.


Baltimore Residents Recover After Night Of Violence

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

After a night of violent riots broke out in parts of Baltimore City Monday, local residents were focused on rebuilding and getting a handle on things after a tense night.


Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Monday, April 27, 2015

Six years ago, a task force caused a firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need routine mammograms. The controversy was so great, that Congress passed legislation overriding the recommendation.


After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Friday, April 24, 2015

After a long delay and a lot of partisan rancor, much of which had nothing to do with her, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. She could be sworn in as early as Monday.


Senate Attempts To Revise No Child Left Behind Measure

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure — once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right — has since become a great divider.


#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

Friday, March 27, 2015

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.


After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.


Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.


Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The budget proposal unveiled this week is already running into trouble over military spending. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Republicans who back a bigger defense budget say they oppose it.


Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday after questions were raised about mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.


Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

Monday, March 16, 2015

As Americans move toward more favorable views of pot, politicians are, too — in some cases.


A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Craft beer is a rapidly growing industry, and Washington lawmakers have noticed. Two proposed bills would lower the federal excise tax for small brewers.


How To Oust A House Speaker (Hint: Don't Even Try)

Saturday, March 07, 2015

A group of conservative representatives in the House are unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner and they want to replace him. Can they do it?


House Votes To Fund DHS Without Immigration Curbs

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The hard-core conservatives in House Speaker John Boehner's Republican caucus wanted to use a Department of Homeland Security funding bill to undo President Obama's executive actions on immigration.


Homeland Security Funding Bill Caught Up In House

Friday, February 27, 2015

With Senate passage of a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, all eyes turn to House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate's bill does not contain language blocking President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which many House conservatives have insisted upon.


Rep. Boehner: House Has 'Done Its Job' On Homeland Security Funding

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner says the ball is in the Senate's court to stave off a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which is set to run out of money Friday.


Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Congress has a Friday midnight deadline to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. But even though Republicans are now in charge of both chambers, the challenge of getting legislation through remains.