U.S. Congress

Family leave for New Yorkers, and possibly all American workers, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The idea is being embraced by state legislators and by one of New York's representatives in Congress.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Farm Bill sets the nation’s food, nutrition and agriculture policy agenda. It’s generally a five-year bill. The overdue legislation that is being negotiated in Congress expired in 2012 and its provisions have been retained through continuing resolutions.  The new Farm Bill was expected to receive a final vote shortly after Congress returned to session, but negotiations have stalled.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with reporters from Vermont and the region in his Burlington office Friday morning to talk about his Congressional priorities.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined with 186 of his Democratic colleagues in the House this week to send a letter he authored to the president urging support for passage of a clean debt limit. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Democrat about his efforts to keep the country from defaulting.

This year’s U.S. presidential and congressional contests are expected to be the most expensive elections in the nation’s history. Despite the still struggling economy, millions of dollars are being poured into campaign war-chests and the accounts of political action committees, leaving many wondering, “Where does the money come from?”