Brett Neely Feature Archive

The Senate today completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. (06/21/2012)
The U.S. House has approved a $28-million settlement with Minnesota's Chippewa tribe. (06/19/2012)
On paper, Minnesota's First Congressional District appears to be ripe territory for Republicans. But DFL Congressman Tim Walz stands a good chance of winning a fourth term, balancing a relatively liberal voting record in a somewhat conservative rural southern Minnesota district. (06/19/2012)
The U.S. Senate narrowly beat back an attempt to end government support for the sugar industry by a 50 to 46 vote on Wednesday. (06/13/2012)
Minnesota representatives react to today's passing in the U.S. House of a bill that repeals a new tax on medical devices. (06/07/2012)
The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance. (06/07/2012)
The legislation put forward by Rep. Erik Paulsen would overturn a tax on medical devices that was part of the 2010 health care overhaul. (06/06/2012)
A bill sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to eliminate a planned tax on medical devices has put Democrats on the state's congressional delegation in a bind. (06/04/2012)
The U.S. House Ways and Means committee has approved a bill sponsored by Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen that would repeal a tax on medical devices. (05/31/2012)
This week Congress is likely to pass significant legislation that will affect major Minnesota companies such as Medtronic and St. Jude Medical. (05/27/2012)
Just in time for Memorial Day, President Barack Obama has signed a law restoring paid leave time to Minnesota National Guard soldiers. (05/25/2012)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's opponents accuse her of letting spending get out of control, but she points out that she has supported some big spending cuts. (05/21/2012)
Legislation heading to President Barack Obama's desk would restore paid leave to deployed National Guard members, including more than 2,000 members of Minnesota's Red Bulls Brigade. (05/17/2012)
The U.S. House is debating the annual Department of Defense bill, which includes a measure that would halt a Pentagon effort to increase the use of biofuels. (05/17/2012)
Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is part of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. (05/16/2012)