Juana Summers


Juana Summers is an education reporter at NPR

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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.


For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee dropped "human rights" and "civil rights" from its name last month, sparking some controversy. But does the congressional name game even matter?


Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Thursday, February 05, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner says Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24 during his first papal visit to the United States.


House Votes Again To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Tuesday's vote gave House Republican freshmen their first chance at repealing the law, and this is the first full repeal vote since millions of Americans signed up for coverage under the program.


House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The House has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first such full repeal vote in two nearly two years. Some 19 million Americans would lose health coverage under the legislation. The bill, though, is not likely to pass the Senate, where a half dozen Democrats would have to go along with it. President Obama has also promised to veto legislation that undoes his signature achievement.


House Approves Measure That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Friday, January 23, 2015

A revolt by Republican women threw a monkey wrench into plans by House GOP leadership to pass a 20-week abortion ban to coincide with the annual march in Washington protesting the Roe v Wade decision.


House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

Thursday, January 22, 2015

House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.