David Welna http://wutc.org en An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network http://wutc.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 35895 at http://wutc.org With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is http://wutc.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 20:36:00 +0000 David Welna 35394 at http://wutc.org Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices http://wutc.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 35292 at http://wutc.org Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors http://wutc.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 34846 at http://wutc.org Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military http://wutc.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 21:35:00 +0000 David Welna 34430 at http://wutc.org House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill http://wutc.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 22:34:00 +0000 David Welna 33552 at http://wutc.org House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill House Sets Vote On Raising Debt Limit http://wutc.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 33534 at http://wutc.org GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle' http://wutc.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 33362 at http://wutc.org After 3-Day Retreat, GOP Battle Plan Still Only An Outline http://wutc.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 22:46:00 +0000 David Welna 33120 at http://wutc.org After 3-Day Retreat, GOP Battle Plan Still Only An Outline House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration http://wutc.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 22:30:00 +0000 David Welna 32984 at http://wutc.org 8 Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat http://wutc.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 32799 at http://wutc.org 8 Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown http://wutc.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 32472 at http://wutc.org 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help http://wutc.org/post/war-over-poverty-deep-divide-how-help All this week, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared over and over on the Senate floor that there's a downside to the recovering economy.<p>"It's true," he said. "The rich are getting a lot richer, and the poor are getting poorer."<p>That observation may not be surprising, coming from a Democrat. Less expected, perhaps, is a similar lament made the same day by the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.<p>"We all know the stock market's been doing great, so the richest among us are doing just fine," McConnell said. "But what about the poor? Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:46:00 +0000 David Welna 32342 at http://wutc.org The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet http://wutc.org/post/mccain-lays-al-qaida-surge-iraq-obamas-feet Forces allied with al-Qaida are battling to retake two major cities in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province: Ramadi, the capital of the province, and Fallujah, the city where U.S. troops prevailed after fighting two major battles.<p>There have been no American forces in Iraq since 2011, when President Obama ordered the last troops to leave. Now the man who lost the presidential race to Obama five years ago is pointing a finger at the president for al-Qaida's resurgence.<p>Some 1,300 U.S. troops died in the area during the Iraq War, and Sen. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:24:00 +0000 David Welna 32241 at http://wutc.org McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress http://wutc.org/post/campaign-jobless-benefits-begins-congress The Senate gets back to work Monday after a two-week holiday break. Just as Majority Leader Harry Reid promised, the first piece of legislation getting a vote will be a three-month extension of the long-term unemployment benefits that ran out a week ago for 1.3 million jobless Americans.<p>Though the Senate unemployment measure is bipartisan, it's not clear it has enough votes to beat a GOP filibuster. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:58:00 +0000 David Welna 32095 at http://wutc.org The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress