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:
Thursday, March 22, 2018
“This spending agreement brings the era of austerity to an unceremonious end," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaimed.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Lawmakers say Amtrak won't need the approval of the federal transportation department to start work.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Lawmakers say House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he won't block the money — but the president is another question.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
"New York and New Jersey need to step up and bear their fair share," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tells local lawmakers.
Monday, March 05, 2018
They ask: Why try to fix something that's working?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Trump told lawmakers to consider a laundry list of gun control ideas that Republicans have opposed.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The issue gets the base going, but a lawmaker says most voters have bigger concerns.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Experts estimate that 40 percent of gun sales don't require a federal background check of the buyer, but polls show that at least 80 percent of Americans support the requirement.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
With health care, taxes and immigration as key issues, the Staten Island congressional fight is also important for control of the U.S. House.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Now, it's easier for donors to give where they can have the most impact. That's making the race in New York's 19th District one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the nation.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The job could become much more important if Democrats take control of the House.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Democrats have leverage during government funding negotiations. But will they use it?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Once local lawmakers voted against the bill, they lost leverage to negotiate changes.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Four Senate Democrats said Trump should resign over sexual harassment and assault allegations, but only Gillibrand drew Trump's Twitter ire.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Local leaders make it sound like the financial Grim Reaper is coming for NY and NJ in the form of the GOP's tax bill. They may be right.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
One analyst says 26 of the top 30 counties affected are in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Both House and Senate bills allow parents to use education savings accounts for K-12 tuition.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Republicans in the House and Senate have a handful of significant differences to work out.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
GOP members from New York want changes to the tax bill, but they don't seem to be convincing House leadership.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Local Republicans tried to stop the train. They got run over.