Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
An amendment to cut off government spending on NASCAR and pro-wrestling sponsorships put forward by Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-Minn., fell short in the U.S. House on Friday. (06/14/2013)
Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones was grilled by senators Tuesday during his confirmation hearing to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (06/11/2013)
Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones appears before a U.S. Senate committee, nominated as the permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (06/11/2013)
The Senate is poised to pass a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Monday that would expand government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts in the food stamp program. (06/10/2013)
The farm bill passed a major procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Thursday when a vote to end debate won approval by a wide margin. On Monday, the bill could receive a vote in the full Senate, where it is expected to pass. (06/06/2013)
President Barack Obama chose Jones for the post in January but his nomination has languished for months. (06/04/2013)
A scheduled hearing for Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones' nomination as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been postponed. (06/03/2013)
Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status. But if there's bipartisan condemnation, Republicans have begun to use the scandal to criticize Democrats who raised concerns about some groups that may have been abusing their nonprofit status. DFL Sen. Al Franken is one whom the right has criticized. (05/31/2013)
After four terms in Congress, Republican Michelle Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washington correspondent Brett Neely about Bachmann's decision to only serve out her current term. (05/29/2013)