Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill tonight that restores paid leave to several hundred members of Minnesota's National Guard who served in Kuwait and Afghanistan. (05/15/2012)
An influential conservative outside group ranks first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack as the least conservative of the four Republicans in Minnesota's delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives based on his voting record in 2011. (05/15/2012)
DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison introduced legislation Thursday to end all subsidies for fossil fuels. (05/10/2012)
Some federal funding for education on global warming would be cut under an amendment sponsored by Minnesota U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. (05/10/2012)
Typically, congressional committees write and debate legislation before sending it to the House and or Senate for a vote. But over the last decade, committees and their chairmen have become central cogs in the giant money machine of American politics. (05/09/2012)