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:

What The Congressional Budget Deal Means For Us

Thursday, March 22, 2018

“This spending agreement brings the era of austerity to an unceremonious end," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaimed.

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After Trump Veto Threat, Congress Sets Aside Less Money For Hudson River Tunnel

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lawmakers say Amtrak won't need the approval of the federal transportation department to start work.

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With Funding Deadline Near, Local Lawmakers Say They'll Seek A Tunnel Deal With Trump

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lawmakers say House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he won't block the money — but the president is another question.

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Transportation Secretary Says President Trump Is Targeting a New Hudson River Train Tunnel

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.

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New York Congressmen, First Responders Want to Block 9/11 Health Care Program Changes

Monday, March 05, 2018

They ask: Why try to fix something that's working?

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Democrats Contemplate Gun Control Push, Get Boost From President Trump

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Trump told lawmakers to consider a laundry list of gun control ideas that Republicans have opposed.

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Democrats Disagree About Importance of Gun Control in 2018 Races

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The issue gets the base going, but a lawmaker says most voters have bigger concerns.


Schumer: Democrats' Priority Is Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales

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. 

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An Outlier In City Politics, Staten Island At The Center Of National Political Trends

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.

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Hudson Valley Congressional Race a Proving Ground for New Fundraising Tools

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.

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Nadler Chosen as Top Democrat for House Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The job could become much more important if Democrats take control of the House.

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Activists Want Democrats to Force an Immigration Fix by the End of the Year

Monday, December 18, 2017

Democrats have leverage during government funding negotiations. But will they use it?


Why New York and New Jersey Have Little Say in Tax Deal

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Once local lawmakers voted against the bill, they lost leverage to negotiate changes.


Gillbrand Calls Trump Attack a 'Sexist Smear'

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.

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This Week in Politics: Believe the (Bad) Hype

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.

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How the GOP Tax Bill Could Affect New York and New Jersey Home Prices

Thursday, December 07, 2017

One analyst says 26 of the top 30 counties affected are in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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Tax Bill Could Give Private School Parents a Break on Tuition

Monday, December 04, 2017

Both House and Senate bills allow parents to use education savings accounts for K-12 tuition.

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What to Watch as the Tax Bill Heads to the Final Step in Congress

Monday, December 04, 2017

Republicans in the House and Senate have a handful of significant differences to work out.

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New York Republicans Ask For Trump's Help Fixing Tax Bill

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.

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House Passes Tax Bill Over Objections of New York and New Jersey Republicans

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Local Republicans tried to stop the train. They got run over.