Friday, February 28, 2014
Getting information from Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security is not just difficult for journalists and private citizens—even members of Congress have a hard time getting answers. Brooke speaks with Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas' 16th District about the oversight needed to ensure more transparency from DHS.
And a crowdsourcing project to Shed Light on DHS!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.
The new bill will ...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
A day after the funeral for missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring a bill to allocate $10 million in federal funds to make tracking devices available for people with autism.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative (D-Minn.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the author of My Country, 'Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing, 2014), talks about his experience as the first Black Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress and as one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
After seven weeks of negotiations, America's nuclear talks with Iran are reaching a critical phase. If all goes well, Iran will get $7 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to roll back its nuclear program. But much to President Barack Obama’s consternation, the Senate is considering new Iranian sanctions. P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesperson and a professor at George Washington University, examines the power struggle between the White House and the Senate.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This year, Congress is determined to find a permanent solution for the dysfunctional Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, otherwise known as the S.G.R. Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997,the S.G.R. was intended to restrain Medicare’s spending on physician services, but it hasn’t exactly worked as planned. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Jennifer Haberkorn, health care reporter for Politico, and Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Monday, December 30, 2013
By Charlie Herman : Business and Economics Editor
A tax break enacted at the start of the financial crisis to help Americans whose home values have dropped sharply comes to an end tomorrow because Congress didn't extend it.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Members of Congress are enjoying their first, full Christmas recess since President Obama took office. Over the last five years, the legislative branch has delayed its holiday break or returned early for major votes over Christmas and New Year's, on divisive issues like health care, the fiscal cliff and unemployment benefits. In 2013, Congress managed to fight its battles earlier in the year. Gregory Downs, professor of history at the City University of New York, reviews of the highlights of the year in Congress and looks ahead to changes in 2014.
Friday, December 13, 2013
What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
There must be something in the water in Washington, D.C.—it's another day and another bipartisan deal has gone through. House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a budget deal a whole 35 days before the January 15 deadline when the government would run out of money. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, breaks down what's in the deal.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
By Martin DiCaro : WAMU
WAMU - Washington —
The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to 18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to replenish the pot of money that pays for rail and road improvements.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
By Martin DiCaro : WAMU
The deadly derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York Sunday may be adding a sense of urgency to the efforts of freight and passengers railroads to adopt technology that could prevent similar accidents.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.