Albany, NY – The 2.27 trillion dollar budget has been approved. The Congressional Quarterly's David Hawkings joins Alan today in a discussion about the tax cut it includes and the promises made by Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist about that cut. First, Alan asks David about his depth of knowledge about legislative affairs and his career choice.
Albany, NY – During their first conversation, Alan and Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts' 2nd District, talked about the role of the Democratic Party in this war in Iraq. Today they discuss the Republican Party's role and the influence of some party members on foreign policy. Alan opens with a question about what has been called 'The Wolfowitz Doctrine'.
Albany, NY – Senior Editor of Legislative Affairs at the Congressional Quarterly, David Hawkings returns to the Corner today to address a variety of topics including Syria, The Wolfowitz Doctrine and patriotism in Congress. The first topic on the table is the 78.5 billion dollar emergency spending bill and the cost of war.
Albany, NY – John Olver of Massachusetts joins our own Alan Chartock in the Congressional Corner this week to talk about the energy bill and fossil fuels. Alan also gets a quick look at what's in store for some members of the House in this break from session.
Albany, NY – Alan Chartock's latest guest in the Congressional Corner is New Hampshire Representative Charlie Bass. They look mostly to the past today with a discussion about Model A Fords and Linden Johnson. Charlie opens the discussion with a comment about which side of the bed Alan must get up on.
Albany, NY – Republican Nancy Johnson returns to the Congressional Corner today to give us an idea of what it's like to be a Representative that doesn't always vote with her party. Alan opens by asking Nancy how it feels to be a Moderate Republican in the House these days?
Albany, NY – Nancy Johnson, representing Connecticut's 5th district , joins Alan in the Congressional Corner to take a look at the details of what lead up to this war. Alan asks Nancy for her thoughts on the war in Iraq and what she hears from her constituents.
Albany, NY – Last year Richard Neal of Massachusetts won an award for his work in Congress to bring peace to Northern Ireland. He joins Alan in the Congressional Corner today to discuss Bush's recent trip to Belfast. Alan asks Richard what his thoughts are about Bush's involment in the peace process in Ireland and makes some comparisons to the peace process in Isreal.
Albany, NY – Republican John Sweeney has been named Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. This is a Homeland Security subcommittee and John and Alan discuss heading up such a committee at a time like this.
Albany, NY – At midweek we have Democrat Richard Neal joining Alan Chartock in the Conressional Corner to discuss the Democratic Party's roll during and after this war. But first Alan poses a question or two about his and Richard's home turf of Massachusettes.