Ailsa Chang http://news.stlpublicradio.org en VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 38270 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gop-mccarthy-voted-majority-leader-scalise-chosen-whip Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 37369 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org House Panel Wants More Done To Undermine Boko Haram http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/house-panel-wants-more-done-undermine-boko-haram The House Foreign Affairs Committee got a briefing on the threat from Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has kidnapped and is holding hundreds of Nigerian girls captive. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 36350 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/women-capitol-hill-may-be-better-crossing-party-lines There's a long-held assumption that women are more likely than men to collaborate. As the number of women in Congress has increased, however, so has the partisanship and gridlock. So does a woman's touch actually help on Capitol Hill?<p>There's a lot of academic research that supports the idea that women are better at building bipartisan coalitions. Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 35953 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done Senate Follows House Lead In Passing Debt Limit Raise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senate-follows-house-lead-passing-debt-limit-raise Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Congress has averted a default by raising the country's borrowing limit. The Senate passed the legislation this afternoon after overcoming an attempted filibuster. The bill pushes the debt ceiling deadline to March of 2015 and it now heads to the White House for the president to sign. As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, Democrats needed five Republicans to join them. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 33673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Does Congress Have Enough Political Will To Reduce The Debt? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/does-congress-have-enough-political-will-reduce-debt Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When Congress reached a bipartisan budget deal last December, there was much fanfare about the compromises made by both parties. And immediately afterwards, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle began working to reverse one of the spending cuts - a small reduction in military pensions. One plan to restore those pensions is up for a vote today in the Senate. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 33584 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org House To Vote On GOP Solution To Canceled Insurance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/house-vote-gop-solution-canceled-insurance Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The first part of October was a political disaster for the Republican Party. After being blamed for the government shutdown, the GOP approval rating fell to historic lows.<p>MONTAGNE: The weeks since have become a political disaster for Democrats. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 31468 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-lobbyists-literally-write-bill It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word.<p>In an example a week and a half ago, the House passed a measure that would roll back a portion of the 2010 financial reforms known as Dodd-Frank. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 31343 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill Obama's Nominations Blocked Again In Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obamas-nominations-blocked-again-senate Senate Republicans have once again blocked President Obama's nominees. Despite a deal in July to let several of the president's picks go through, the rancor has returned with a fresh batch of appointments. Two nominations failed within less than an hour on Thursday, and Democrats may once again threaten to change Senate rules so Republicans can't easily derail another nomination. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 31087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What Furlough? GOP Lawmakers Choose How Much Burden To Bear http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-furlough-gop-legislators-keep-staff-working As the government shutdown enters its fifth day, House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to spar over who's being more unreasonable in this fight.<p>GOP members now find themselves on the defensive, as they face questions about forgoing pay and forgoing staff during the widespread furloughs.<p>Hundreds of thousands of federal workers were forced to figure out this week just how many paychecks they could afford to skip. In a show of solidarity, at least 150 lawmakers said they'd give up their pay, too. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 30437 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What Furlough? GOP Lawmakers Choose How Much Burden To Bear