Brett Neely Feature Archive

Republicans heard little to move them towards compromise, and DFLers were cautious about progress given the deep divide on Capitol Hill. (01/25/2012)
Hollywood appears to have lost a fight over two bills that would have tightened penalties for online piracy. Minnesota's eight U.S. House members came out against those bills, which the state's two Senators backed despite the difficult political position. (01/20/2012)
Two Republicans in Washington D.C. with deep ties to Minnesota are playing major roles with one super PAC you'll likely hear more about as the November election draws near: the Congressional Leadership Fund, which aims to maintain the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. (01/16/2012)
DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum isn't afraid of opposition. But this time, she's going against her own party on several issues that are close to home. (12/22/2011)
Efforts to authorize a replacement for the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River are running out of time in Congress. Bills in the U.S. House and the Senate, sponsored by Minnesota lawmakers, have not been scheduled for votes before the end of the current session of Congress. (12/16/2011)
When Republicans took control of the U.S. House in January, they vowed to end the practice of bundling spending bills together, and promised a return to "regular order" where each bill would be considered at a measured pace and on its own merits. (12/16/2011)
The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., to prevent welfare recipients from getting access to their benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. (12/15/2011)
The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee -- and some farmers -- are pressing officials from MF Global Corporation to try to explain what's become of the money it is holding for farmers around the country. (12/13/2011)
Vote in Congress on a new bridge over the St. Croix River may not come this year. (12/12/2011)
A bill to close a loophole that allows members of Congress to use inside information to trade in stocks had been picking up steam, but has now hit a roadblock. (12/09/2011)
Lawyers for Minnesota's Mayo Clinic will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that patents underlying a blood test are too broad and inhibit doctors from treating patients. In a case that could have big implications for patent law, the high court will weigh whether Mayo infringed upon a patent held by Prometheus Labs San Diego. (12/07/2011)
A federal program that helps low income families pay their heating bill is coming under intense budget pressure. (11/30/2011)
Some budget analysts say Minnesota may now fare better than other states compared to how the state would have been treated by a budget agreement. (11/22/2011)
Congress agreed this week to continue counting the tomato sauce on pizza as a serving of vegetables for school lunches. Schwan Food Co. was at the heart of the lobbying battle and convinced several Minnesota lawmakers to follow its lead. (11/18/2011)
Ordinarily Congress - let alone Cabinet members - wouldn't get involved in whether or not to build a bridge between two states. But everything about finding a replacement for the aging Stillwater lift bridge is complicated. (11/17/2011)