Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
In an affidavit released online, Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff Andy Parrish says the congresswoman approved the payments to Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson, who managed Bachmann's campaign in that state. (04/22/2013)
For most of last year's presidential candidates, the election ended on Nov. 6 or earlier. Not for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Last week, one of the Republican lawmaker's closest former political advisers, Andy Parrish, said he would provide evidence that the campaign made secret payments to an Iowa state senator. (04/22/2013)
A second Iowa campaign adviser to Republican former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the Minnesota congresswoman improperly paid an Iowa state senator to work on her 2012 campaign in the months before last year's Iowa caucuses. (04/18/2013)
Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, disappointing Minnesota's two Democratic senators. (04/17/2013)
President Barack Obama's 2014 budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Wednesday. That plan includes a provision that reduces future deficits by slowing the rate Social Security benefits grow over time. Reaction to the proposal, known as "chained CPI," was mixed in Minnesota's congressional delegation. (04/10/2013)
Since the mass killing of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. four months ago, opinion polls have shown strong support for gun control measures. This week, the Senate could begin debating expanded background checks for gun buyers although it is still unclear if the legislation will overcome a possible Republican filibuster. (04/09/2013)