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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney - Part 1

    The new Congress is getting settled in Washington with a long to-do list. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s anxious to stay busy on behalf of his district.

WAMC News
12:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Regional Congressmen Work Towards Bipartisanship

President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with a Member of Congress as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

President Obama chastised Congress for its partisan bickering and lack of progress in tackling the nation’s imperatives during his State of the Union address.

“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” the president said. “They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”

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New York News
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Congressman Bill Owens Discusses New Session

Congressman Bill Owens

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens has been sworn in to a new term as the new 113th Congress convenes.  On today’s Community Corner the Congressman talks about some changes he faces as he enters his new term - from a newly drawn district to a change in his committee assignment.

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US News
5:39 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

113th Congress Votes to Curb Filibusters

The House has adopted Republican-written rules for the chamber as partisan differences surfaced on the first day of the 113th Congress.

The Senate put off discussion of its rules so that the Democratic leader could develop a proposal to curb filibusters, and try to win support from minority Republicans.

Traditionally, the House rules package reflects the majority party's legislative positions and is opposed by the minority. The package passed Thursday in a mostly party-line vote of 228-196.

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New England News
7:57 am
Mon June 25, 2012

CT Officials Seek to Stop Student Loan Increase

Several members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are calling for a stop to a planned interest rate increase on student loans.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro will be joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for a news conference Monday at the Legislative Office Building. They're trying to draw attention to how the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans is set to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

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Hudson Valley News
11:51 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Accusations Fly Between Congressional Candidate and Staffer

Congressional candidate Joel Tyner, in an undated photograph from his website.

Joel Tyner’s campaign treasurer has resigned and has made serious accusations against the 19th district congressional candidate ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Misha Fredericks says she couldn't continue as Joel Tyner's campaign treasurer, with Tyner's cash-on-hand claim off by thousands of dollars. Sensing trouble and fearing being investigated for embezzlemant, Fredericks filed a letter with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday.

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New England News
7:52 am
Wed May 23, 2012

MA Towns Push against Citizens United

Nearly 60 Massachusetts cities and towns are urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

A total of 56 cities and towns from across the state have passed resolutions on the issue, with more expected to vote on similar resolutions in the coming weeks.

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North Country News
8:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

VT House Passes Corporate Personhood Resolution

The Vermont House has passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to start the process of amending the federal Constitution to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision expanding the rights of corporations to influence political campaigns.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The 92-40 vote on Thursday came after more than two hours of debate in which supporters said corporate money has come to distort the political process in the United States. Opponents called the effort an assault on First Amendment freedoms.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Congressman Neal Endorses Liberal Group's Agenda

Members of Progressive Democrats of America rally in front of Springfield MA office of US Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
WAMC

            After almost two years of lobbying, a band of liberal political activists have persuaded Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal to endorse some of their legislation.. This as the veteran congressman faces a Democratic primary challenge in a newly drawn district.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New York News
8:09 am
Fri March 30, 2012

NY's Schumer to Run 2013 Presidential Inaugural

U.S. Senate

Congress has chosen U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York to be chairman of the presidential inauguration next year, regardless of which candidate wins. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details…

The Democrat was chosen by congressional leaders for what is seen as a coveted and historic post in Washington.

Schumer will organize the Jan. 21 event at the U.S. Capitol.

He says the ceremony is designed to bring Americans together after a presidential election and show off some of America's best products.

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