Brett Neely Feature Archive

A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations after preliminary assessments showed recent floods and storms caused more than $108 million in damage. (07/06/2012)
The House Agriculture Committee is unveiling its approach to a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by some $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program. (07/05/2012)
Preparing for the possibility that the Supreme Court could strike down a provision that requires all Americans to buy health insurance. (06/25/2012)
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)