Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is one of four House Democrats who are the target of a Republican campaign this week to draw attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal while also getting a hit in on the federal affordable care act. (05/28/2013)
Minnesota's 6th Congressional District is setting up to feature the most expensive and closely watched congressional race in Minnesota next year. (05/28/2013)
In a mostly party-line vote Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill introduced by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, R-2nd District, that would tie student loan interest rates to market rates. (05/23/2013)
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)