Albany, NY – We close out the week in the Congressional Corner with John Larson. As a member of the Armed Services Committee he recently visited Iraq and has been speaking with Alan about the cost of rebuilding and the involvment of other UN nations. John points out the need to bring our troops back home and Alan inquires about how the development of the situation is playing out politically in the US.
Albany, NY – The Constitution State Representative Nancy Johnson returns to the Congressional Corner for a final conversation with WAMC's David Galletly. Today Nancy tells us about some work she has been doing in the area of Guest Worker Visa's and she also shares some thoughts on what it's like being a woman in Congress.
Albany, NY – Connecticut's Rob Simmons is back in the Congressional Corner today to talk about war time spending, paying down the national debt and taxes. Robert compares spending from World War Two and The Cold War to what is being invested in Iraq and on fighting terrorism today.
Albany, NY – Robert Simmons, representing Connecticut's second district, returns to the Congressional Corner to examine the roll of the UN in rebuilding Iraq. Today in this final conversation, he and Alan take a look at the history, success and failures of the United Nations.
Albany, NY – Before returning to his work for the Granite State, Charles Bass spends one last day in the Congressional Corner. Media ownership is on the table today. Alan and Charles discuss the recent move by the Senate to block the FCC regulations that were passed in June of this year.
Albany, NY – Vermont's Independent Bernard Sanders is back in the Congressional Corner today to discuss the Patriot Act and civil liberties since the events of September 11th. He and Alan take a look at parts of the Patriot Act that members of the House - from both sides of the isle - are opposed to, and what they've been doing about it
Albany, NY – Nancy Johnson is back in the Congressional Corner with our own David Galletly. Today they discuss two projects that Nancy has been working on. David asks about the Medicare Conference and the resulting bill that will be presented to the President this year and then we hear about how we can expect the Upper Housatonic Valley to be designated as a National Heritage Area.
Albany, NY – Last week in the NY Times there was a full page advertizement opposing what is called The Sanders Amendment, dealing with pension plans, to a Treasury Appropriations Bill. The amendment's author, Bernie Sanders joins Alan in the Congressional Corner today to talk about the pension plans of American workers, his amendment and the opposition he faces.
Albany, NY – Connecticut's John Larson and Alan pick up where they left off yesterday in their discussion about the work that needs to be done in Iraq and the American companies that have been awarded contracts to rebuild there. Alan opens by asking John if it's possible that the administration's "go it alone mentality" had to do with securing contracts for American companies.
Albany, NY – John Larson joins Alan for one more discussion in the Congressional Corner and today they tackle a domestic issue - the National Do Not Call List. Some 51 million Americans have signed up for the National Do Not Call List and the FCC has already been receiving a steady stream of complaints about violations. John and Alan discuss the right to privacy, the right to free speech and the issue that might be next - SPAM in our email.