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:

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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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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House Democrats Say Trump Has Yet To Reach Out

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The president wants Democratic votes, but Democrats say he needs to stop alienating their constituents on immigration and health care.

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Rep. Dan Donovan Says He'll Vote Against GOP Health Care Bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Opposition from conservative and moderate Republicans could sink the Obamacare repeal.

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Health Care Deal Might Create A $2.3 Billion Budget Problem For New York

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The amendment is meant to win the support of upstate Republicans, but it's being greeted with howls of opposition across the state — and a snide reference to the 'Medicaid fairy.'

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Menendez Corruption Appeal

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sen. Bob Menendez' attorney says the New Jersey Democrat will be cleared when a trial begins later this year.

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Democrats And Republicans Find Faults With Trump's First Budget

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Members of Congress said they're not on board with Trump's plan to dramatically reshape the federal government.

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Rep. Lance Now Says He'll Vote Against Health Care Repeal

Thursday, March 16, 2017

More moderate Republicans are saying they can't vote for the bill.

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