Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota produced more than a billion gallons of ethanol last year, making it the fifth-largest ethanol maker in the country. Much of that production was spurred on by a federal requirement known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, which took effect in 2007, but is now coming under new scrutiny in Congress. (04/09/2013)
The founder of the CaringBridge Web site says she's running for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. (04/02/2013)
Congressional ethics investigators are looking into the activities of Rep. Michele Bachmann's failed bid for president. The allegations against the congresswoman come from a former ally. (03/28/2013)
Later this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing two days of arguments about the future of same-sex marriage in America. Members of the public are allowed to sit in on arguments, first come, first served. So people have been lining up for days on Capitol Hill, sleeping on the pavement to save their space. (03/26/2013)
Congressional investigators have launched a probe into possible campaign finance violations by Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. (03/25/2013)
Election Day 2014 is more than a year and a half away, and most voters probably want to ignore the next blizzard of political ads for as long as possible. Not so, for some Democrats in Washington and Minnesota. They believe that all three of Minnesota's U.S. House members could be vulnerable to the right challenger and have set their sights earlier than usual on finding candidates and helping them raise money. (03/22/2013)
Morning Edition's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Brett Neeley about where Minnesota's delegation comes down on different aspects of the never-ending budget battles in Washington. (03/18/2013)
Al Franken's going back to his comedic roots as he ramps up his re-election efforts. The former Saturday Night Live writer's campaign announced today that late night comic Conan O'Brien will host a major fundraiser for Franken in Los Angeles next month. (03/15/2013)
Minnesota's three House Republicans were on hand during a rare meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday. (03/13/2013)
It's been almost a week since the across-the-board federal budget cuts started going into effect. Many of the more than 21,000 federal employees who live and work in Minnesota are starting to get furlough notices. Some are putting off big purchases and travel in expectation of losing as much as a month of pay between now and September. (03/08/2013)
Automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester begin to take hold today. Minnesota's members of Congress are mostly back here in their home state and not in Washington trying to undo the $85 billion in cuts that members of both parties describe as harmful. (03/01/2013)
Details are emerging about the possible impact on Minnesota of the automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to begin on March 1. (02/24/2013)