Albany, NY – We close out the week in the Congressional Corner with Connecticut's Robert Simmons. He and Alan open the conversation with a look at the large second district that Robert represents. They move on to talk about some projects that will benefit his district and the Spending Bills that that the funds for those projects will come from.
Albany, NY – The Senate has delayed their vote on the omnibus spending bill the House just recently passed untill they reconvene in the new year. New York's Maurice Hinchey joins us in the Congressional Corner today to talk about some of the intricacies of this huge spending bill.
Albany, NY – Connecticut's Robert Simmons and our own Alan Chartock wrap up their conversation today in the Congressional Corner. Iraq is the topic at hand and Rob and Alan discuss the term 'occupation' and the comparisons made by some to Vietnam.
Albany, NY – Robert Simmons, a former CIA operative, is back in the Congressional Corner this morning and explains to Alan why he feels that "espionage is necessary to the survival of our democracy." But fist Alan opens with a question about a different aspect of his carreer - working in the state Legislature.
Albany, NY – Richard Neal is returns to the Congressional Corner today to discuss the recent ruling in his state of Massachusetts - on gay marriage. Richard and David also discuss the remaining federal spending bills to be voted on when the House reconvenes as well as bi-partisanship in Congress.
Albany, NY – Alan Chartock is back in the Congressional Corner and today he speaks with his own Representative, John Olver of Massachussets first district about the energy bill. John is not in favor of the bill and expresses his concerns about job creation and rollbacks of environmental protections.
Albany, NY – John Olver is back in the Congressional Corner today as he and Alan prepare for Thanksgiving. He and Alan address a number of traditional topics from football to the yearly presidential pardoning of one lucky turkey today in the Congressional Corner
Albany, NY – We open the week in the Congressional Corner with a final conversation between Alan Chartock and his representative, Massachussetts' John Olver. Today's topics tie into the Bay State as Alan and John discuss the newly passed Medicare bill, it's effects on the city of Springfield's purchasing of prescription drugs from Canada and the recent ruling on gay marriage in the state.
Albany, NY – Representative Richard Neal was the Mayor of the City of Springfield, Massachusetts before taking his seat in Congress in 1988. That city is one of the first in the nation to purchase prescription drugs from Canada for it's employees. The new medicare bill, recently passed by both Houses, will prohibit this practice. David Galletly is in the Congressional Corner with Richard and asks him about the bill, prescription drugs and the future of medicare.
Albany, NY – The Bay State's Richard Neal is back in the Congressional Corner turning our attentions to the recent elections in Ireland. Neal serves as a Co-Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs and today gives us a look at US interests in Northern Ireland what the elections in Ireland mean for the Good Friday agreement.