Brett Neely Feature Archive

At a hearing convened by U.S. Sen. Al Franken Wednesday, Obama administration officials defended keeping secret the details of government electronic surveillance programs. (11/13/2013)
A dispute over a 2010 California law concerning the treatment of egg-laying chickens looks like it may add to the complications for congressional negotiators trying to reach agreement on a new five-year farm bill this week. (11/12/2013)
Republicans in Minnesota are using the troubled roll-out of the Affordable Care Act to attack Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is among a group of Democratic incumbents up for re-election next year. (11/08/2013)
After two years of starts and stops, lawmakers begin formal negotiations Wednesday on the farm bill, but the talks are being overshadowed by negotiations that aim to undo automatic cuts to the federal budget. (10/30/2013)
During the recent federal government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress went to war over GOP efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act. (10/23/2013)
Hours after Nolan's GOP challenger, Stewart Mills, said he raised $244,000 in his first quarter on the campaign trail, Nolan's campaign announced it had raised just $129,000. The two campaigns' bank accounts were closely matched with Nolan holding $261,000 and Mills holding $234,000. (10/16/2013)
In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training. (10/13/2013)
The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. (10/09/2013)
Ellison is one of seven lawmakers who were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for blocking a street during a rally on the National Mall to urge Congress to vote on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. (10/08/2013)
House and Senate members are paid $174,000 annually, which means their gross pay is $6,692 every two weeks. Their pay is unaffected by a shutdown because, despite what the public likely thinks, they are considered essential employees of the government. (10/04/2013)
There's not much progress towards a resolution to the partial federal government shutdown as it enters its third day. But one possible area where Democrats and Republicans could find some common ground appears to be on the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act. (10/03/2013)
Like many people in the United States, members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington are frustrated that the shutdown furloughed thousands of federal employees - among them many of the police and support personnel that keep the massive Capitol complex running. (10/02/2013)
The stage is set for a government shutdown at midnight. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with MPR's Washington-based reporter Brett Neely about the situation on Capitol Hill. (09/30/2013)
While the Republican party is firmly united behind the idea that the healthcare law should be repealed, its establishment and grassroots wings are divided over how to undo the law. U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota have come under fire from some tea party activists. (09/26/2013)
The U.S. House is set to approve a Republican-backed measure today that will keep the federal government funded but defund the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul. (09/20/2013)