Brett Neely Feature Archive

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)
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)