Albany, NY – In a final discussion New York democrat Michael McNulty and Alan take up the topic of medicare and the recently passed prescription drug plan. McNulty disagrees with the new Mdeicare plan and expresses his hope that changes can be made before the plan goes into effect in 2006 - today in the Congressional Corner.
Albany, NY – Saddam Hussein may have been captured but the U.S. still has thousands of troops in Iraq. Connecticut's John Larson is on the House Armed Services Committee and talks about Saddam's capture and the continued role of our troops. John and Alan also discuss the recontruction effort and the different approaches to that effort, within the Bush Administration, today in the Congressional Corner.
Albany, NY – David Obey from Wisconsin is back in the Congressional Corner to continue his discussion with Alan about his work on the Appropriations Committee. Alan opens by asking David to pick up the topic of the increase of excess 'pork' in spending bills.
Albany, NY – New York's 22nd district representative Maurice Hinchey is concerned about the fate of Medicare. With the largest overhaul of the system set into motion since Lyndon Johnson signed the bill that created Medicare in 1965, Congressman Hinchey shares his concerns about senior citizens, social security and availablility of prescription drugs, today in the Congressional Corner.
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.