Brett Neely Feature Archive

The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill that would have ended government protections for the domestic sugar industry, including Minnesota sugar beet growers. (05/23/2013)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken is in "good shape for re-election" 18 months out from Election Day 2014 with approval ratings above 50 percent and a big leads over all of his potential opponents, according to the Democratic polling firm, Public Policy Polling. (05/21/2013)
Investigators with the FBI are expected to interview a former staffer of Rep. Michele Bachmann next week. (05/20/2013)
The U.S. House is set to vote next week on a bill introduced by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., that would keep interest rates for federal student loans from doubling July 1. (05/19/2013)
The U.S. Senate will take up the farm bill this week. That legislation sends at least a billion dollars a year to Minnesota in the form of crop subsidies and food stamps and conservation programs. (05/19/2013)
At a news conference in Washington Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and other tea party movement members complained about the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Services' improper targeting of certain groups. (05/17/2013)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Congress needs to dig deeper into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service harassed conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. (05/16/2013)
The House and Senate Agriculture committees are debating a new farm bill this week. The current legislation directed more than $1 billion to Minnesota last year in the form of food stamp benefits and subsidized crop insurance for farmers. Those two expensive programs are the most controversial portions of the new bill Congress is considering. (05/15/2013)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken is pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission to overhaul the way it regulates the credit ratings industry. (05/13/2013)
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a bill early next week that would green light water projects across the country, including a massive flood control system in the Fargo-Moorhead region. (05/09/2013)
The U.S. House passed legislation today that would make significant changes to overtime pay. The vote was 223 to 204. (05/08/2013)
A hearing in the U.S. House Tuesday looked at a legal decision by the city of St. Paul to withdraw from a Supreme Court case and the role of Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez in that decision. (05/07/2013)
The U.S. House will vote on legislation co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline this week that could make a significant change to how hourly workers get paid. He says the measure would allow people to have more flexibility in how they're compensated for working overtime. (05/06/2013)
President Barack Obama has declared five southwest Minnesota counties as a major disaster area after an April ice storm. Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock counties had an estimated $26 million in damage and costs for responding to the storm. (05/03/2013)
The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers, a change designed to deliver billions of dollars of lost tax revenues. Both of Minnesota's senators support the bill, saying it will help brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy and Target, which are based in Minnesota. (04/24/2013)