Brett Neely Feature Archive

Nearly all the large, comprehensive bills now before Congress -- bills that require votes and compromise from both sides of the aisle to pass -- appear to be on the rocks. (07/25/2013)
The Republican-controlled U.S. House has passed a bill written by U.S. Rep. John Kline that would overhaul the nation's education laws. (07/19/2013)
That agreement over filibusters in the United States Senate Tuesday could have implications for Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones. (07/16/2013)
It's that time of year again when congressional campaigns have to report their fundraising in the past quarter. (07/16/2013)
The 6th District Republican congresswoman's presidential campaign, which ended in January 2012 after a sixth place showing in the Iowa caucus, continues to chip away at its debts, according to a federal filing on Monday. (07/15/2013)
It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill. (07/12/2013)
President Barack Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been sent to the full Senate. (07/11/2013)
The fate of the immigration overhaul in Congress rests with Republicans in the U.S. House, where Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the vast majority of GOP lawmakers want to tackle the immigration issue piece by piece, largely focusing on border security. (07/11/2013)
The farm bill could be split into two pieces in the U.S. House and get a vote this week. (07/09/2013)
Minnesota college students applying for federally-subsidized student loans this fall will see their interest rate double to 6.8 percent. (07/08/2013)
For decades, Congress rolled food stamps and farm subsidies together into one giant bill. The tactic generated lots of rural and urban votes from politicians in both parties. Everyone got something out of the deal. That longtime marriage, though, is in trouble. With federal money tight, old alliances are starting to fray. (07/08/2013)
Minnesota college students are likely to see interest rates on student loans double starting July 1 as Congress remains deadlocked on the issue. (06/27/2013)
The Defense of Marriage Act is no more, and some of Minnesota's members of Congress say it's time to move on and focus on other issues. (06/27/2013)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (06/25/2013)
The U.S. House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. (06/20/2013)