David Welna http://publicradioeast.org en An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network http://publicradioeast.org/post/angry-hearing-hill-cockamamie-twitter-network Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was incensed that he only learned about the creation of a Twitter-like network in Cuba through press accounts. He had the chance Tuesday to vent his frustration when USAID administrator Rajiv Shah appeared before Leahy's committee. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 David Welna 38419 at http://publicradioeast.org With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is http://publicradioeast.org/post/1b-aid-ukraine-congress-puts-money-where-its-mouth Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The House and the Senate both voted overwhelmingly today for aid to Ukraine and sanctions for Russia's annexation of Crimea. The bipartisan response to the crisis follows weeks of partisan wrangling. Differences between the two bills still have to be ironed out. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 David Welna 37472 at http://publicradioeast.org Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift http://publicradioeast.org/post/showing-signs-age-capitol-dome-gets-face-lift When you think of Washington, D.C., what's the first image to pop up?<p>For many, it's likely the U.S. Capitol — or more specifically, the iconic white dome that crowns the Capitol.<p>"It is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable symbols across the globe," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, whole job entails maintaining the Capitol dome.<p>As could be said of the Congress that meets below it, the century-and-a-half old dome has seen better days. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 David Welna 37395 at http://publicradioeast.org Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices http://publicradioeast.org/post/out-white-house-and-congress-two-proposals-change-nsa-practices Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Public outrage over NSA surveillance programs that collect data about Americans is forcing some big change. Documents revealing the security agency's methods have been trickling out in the press for months, thanks to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p>SIEGEL: One of the big revelations is that the government secretly collects records of phone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 David Welna 37308 at http://publicradioeast.org With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-inquiry-harry-reid-raises-stakes-senate-cia-clash When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared "I support Senator Feinstein unequivocally" the same day she thrashed the CIA on the Senate floor, the question of whether the pugilistic top congressional Democrat from Nevada would leap into that fight seemed less a matter of if than when.<p>A little more than a week later, Reid made his move.<p>He fired off a letter to CIA Director John Brennan informing the top spy that Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer would be performing a "forensic examination" of computers and a computer network meant for exclusive use by the Senate Intelligence Com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:44:00 +0000 David Welna 36947 at http://publicradioeast.org With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors http://publicradioeast.org/post/senate-cia-clash-goes-behind-closed-doors The dust is still settling on Capitol Hill after California Democrat Dianne Feinstein fired a verbal bazooka at the Central Intelligence Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/11/289060441/cia-tampered-with-senate-panel-s-work-feinstein-says">Tuesday morning from the Senate floor</a>.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee's chairwoman — normally a stalwart of Washington's spooks — essentially accused the spy agency of illegally and unconstitutionally spying on its congressional overseers.<p>Specifically, Feinstein charged that the CIA had searched computers used by her commi Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:22:00 +0000 David Welna 36527 at http://publicradioeast.org Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors Aid Package For Ukraine Moves Slowly Through Congress http://publicradioeast.org/post/aid-package-ukraine-moves-slowly-through-congress Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are agreeing on something these days, that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly for the fledgling and nearly broke government now ruling Ukraine. But it's been harder than expected for the House and Senate to agree on what should or should not be in that aid package. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 David Welna 36310 at http://publicradioeast.org House Backs Obama's Request To Back Loans For Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-backs-obamas-request-back-loans-ukraine The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 +0000 David Welna 35875 at http://publicradioeast.org Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military http://publicradioeast.org/post/hagels-hill-pushing-slimmer-military Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour on Capitol Hill, where the secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs were grilled today by lawmakers. The Pentagon leaders appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to defend the proposed cuts in military spending. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 David Welna 35769 at http://publicradioeast.org After 58 Years Of Service, John Dingell To Vacate House Seat http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-58-years-service-john-dingell-vacate-house-seat Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>I n 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus. "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets was a top hit on the music charts, and John Dingell became a member of Congress. Nearly six decades later, the Michigan Democrat, the longest-serving member of Congress is leaving. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:34:00 +0000 David Welna 35099 at http://publicradioeast.org Boehner Fights Back Against Tea Party, Again http://publicradioeast.org/post/boehner-fights-back-against-tea-party-again A high-stakes drama played out over the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill this week. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 David Welna 34387 at http://publicradioeast.org Boehner Fights Back Against Tea Party, Again House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-vote-clean-debt-limit-bill Tuesday saw a rarity in Congress these days: a "clean" bill.<p>The House passed one to raise the debt limit, a move that avoids a possible default later this month.<p>In the past, House Republicans have used this debate to extract concessions from President Obama and congressional Democrats.<p>But not this time. House Republicans demanded nothing in return. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:56:00 +0000 David Welna 34120 at http://publicradioeast.org House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill House Sets Vote On Raising Debt Limit http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-sets-vote-raising-debt-limit House leaders have had weeks to come up with a plan to deal with the nation's debt limit. Now, the day before they want to leave town for a break, it appears they've essentially decided to throw in the towel. They plan to put a bill on the House floor raising the debt ceiling for a year without any conditions attached. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:28:00 +0000 David Welna 34087 at http://publicradioeast.org House Has 6 Working Days Left To Raise Debt Ceiling http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-has-6-working-days-left-raise-debt-ceiling Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The U.S. Treasury is now in its fourth day of resorting to what it calls extraordinary measures to ensure all the nation's bills get paid. Officials estimate they can keep doing that for only 16 more days without risking a default on the debt. But the House of Representatives has only six working days left to raise the debt ceiling, and this morning, House Republicans were back behind closed doors, gauging support for a plan to do that. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 David Welna 34045 at http://publicradioeast.org GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle' http://publicradioeast.org/post/gop-still-looking-pieces-debt-limit-puzzle Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Today at the stroke of noon in Washington D. C. the U.S. Treasury statutory authority to borrow money will expire.<p>GREENE: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there are ways to move some funds around to prevent a debt default, but only for the next three weeks. It's now up to Congress once again to raise the debt limit. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:05:00 +0000 David Welna 33770 at http://publicradioeast.org After 3-Day Retreat, GOP Battle Plan Still Only An Outline http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-3-day-retreat-gop-battle-plan-still-only-outline House Republicans headed back to Washington on Friday from a resort along the frozen waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They were there for a three-day retreat aimed at mapping out a legislative strategy for this midterm election year.<p>One of the most pressing issues they face is the need next month for Congress to raise the nation's debt limit. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 David Welna 33323 at http://publicradioeast.org After 3-Day Retreat, GOP Battle Plan Still Only An Outline Farm Bill Clears House, On Its Way To Senate http://publicradioeast.org/post/farm-bill-clears-house-its-way-senate Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Republican-run House of Representatives accomplished a feat of across-the-aisle cooperation today. A minority of House Democrats joined a majority of Republicans to pass a five-year renewal of the Farm Bill. The bill had been mired in partisan disputes for nearly two years. The most divisive issue was the food stamp program. It is by far the Farm Bill's biggest expenditure, and Republicans wanted to shrink it. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 David Welna 33139 at http://publicradioeast.org House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-gop-leaders-begin-move-immigration Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another priority of the president's that's likely to come up tonight is an immigration overhaul. The Senate last year passed a comprehensive bipartisan bill that promise eventual citizenship for millions currently in the country without legal status. While House leaders don't appear ready to go that far, they do seem ready to start a conversation.<p>And joining me from the Capitol is NPR congressional correspondent David Welna. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:52:00 +0000 David Welna 33048 at http://publicradioeast.org 8 Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat http://publicradioeast.org/post/eight-republicans-and-nunn-battle-georgias-open-senate-seat Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss won't be seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate this year, and his decision to bow out has eight other Republicans, including three congressmen, scrambling for his seat.<p>Democrats, meanwhile, have their hopes pinned on the daughter of a well-known and widely admired former senator. It's turned a Senate race Republicans hoped would be a cakewalk into something far less predictable.<p>Georgia has gone from a bastion of conservative Democrats to a place where, for the first time since Reconstruction, all statewide offices are now held by Republicans. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:33:00 +0000 David Welna 32713 at http://publicradioeast.org 8 Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown http://publicradioeast.org/post/pretty-good-budget-deal-looks-good-enough-avoid-shutdown For the first time in years, the House of Representatives is expected to approve a massive new spending bill Wednesday that keeps federal agencies operating until a new fiscal year starts in October.<p>The so-called "omnibus" package of all 12 annual spending bills is a compromise; it has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:05:00 +0000 David Welna 32035 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown