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Fintech Beat: The "How" of the Global Economy

July 6th, 2022


Adyen's Sophia Goldberg joins Amias Gerety to answer the age old question: Are payments companies getting paid too much (or too little) for the value …

Political Theater: It’s a small White House after all

June 30th, 2022


The walls sure are thin in the West Wing. That is just one takeaway from the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to the House …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: For Pride Month, reflecting on progress and the road ahead

June 30th, 2022


As Pride Month ends, celebration is tempered by setbacks across the country, from laws that ban transgender athletes from competing in school sports …

Fintech Beat: BIS's Hyun Song Shin on Crypto, CBDCs, and Designing Money

June 29th, 2022


Hyun Song Shin, the BIS economic advisor, joins the show to talk about recent disruptions in crypto markets, and the advantages of CBDCs

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Political Theater: Send lawyers, footballs and money: the strange twists and turns of Washington's football team

June 24th, 2022


Washington's professional football team has a long history of controversy, and Congress and local governments spend a lot of time picking apart its …

CQ Budget: Military budget set to swell

June 24th, 2022


Two major congressional committees have now spoken on the fiscal 2023 Pentagon budget. Peter Cohn and John M. Donnelly discuss how the Armed Services panels will keep the pressure on appropriators to add tens of …

CQ Budget: Defense spending battle lines

June 17th, 2022


A bipartisan Senate defense authorization bill upped the ante on defense spending for the coming fiscal year. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter …

Fintech Beat: Market Swings, Software-Based Investing--and Community Banking

June 16th, 2022


Amias Gerety interviews M1 CEO Brian Barnes on relationship investing and automation in the fintech economy.

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Political Theater: "The Martha Mitchell Effect" gives voice to one of Watergate's great characters

June 16th, 2022


This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the Watergate break-in, a scandal that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This is one of history's great dramas, and we're still telling and hearing …

CQ Budget: Appropriations kickoff

June 10th, 2022


House appropriators are about to begin their markups on fiscal 2023 spending bills after taking a shortcut on a budget blueprint. CQ Roll Call's …

Politcal Theater: How ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ reflects a stranger, more vulnerable political time

June 9th, 2022


"Top Gun: Maverick," the legacy sequel to the 1986 movie "Top Gun," has soared at the box office since its Memorial Day weekend opening, making more …

Fintech Beat: There’s nothing Micro about a Billion Women: Mary Iskenderian on Microfinance

June 7th, 2022


Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the CEO of Women's World Banking, talks about her new book and the opportunities and challenges facing women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: For Asian Americans, celebration, challenges and action

May 24th, 2022


May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, has special significance in 2022, as both acknowledgment of contributions and reminder of a …

CQ Budget: Pandemic aid derailment

May 20th, 2022


Senate spending hawks blocked a $48 billion aid package for restaurants and some other small businesses. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey …

Political Theater: So, who exactly is the establishment in politics now?

May 19th, 2022


Tuesday’s primary races in states — be they Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Oregon — were good news for the establishment of both political …

Fintech Beat: Robinhood on Volatility, Regulation, and the New Retail Investor

May 17th, 2022


Chief Legal Officer Dan Gallagher joins Fintech Beat to talk about what changes in the economy and regulation mean for the company.

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CQ Budget: Senate fumble on Ukraine aid

May 13th, 2022


A lone senator's objection stymied bipartisan hopes for speedy passage of a $40 billion Ukraine aid measure. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter …

Political Theater: Six months out, why these congressional incumbents are vulnerable

May 12th, 2022


As the November midterm elections continue to come into focus, several Senate and House incumbents are vulnerable in their bids for re-election. Some …

Fintech Beat: Sheila Warren on Crypto Regulation, DeGlobalization, and Contagious Policy

May 10th, 2022


Julian Ha interviews Sheila Warren, the CEO of CCI, on Global Trends in Crypto Regulation.

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CQ Budget: Aid package puzzle

May 6th, 2022


Disputes over school meal waivers, immigration policy and business assistance are some of the moving pieces complicating aid measures for Ukraine and …

Political Theater: Mod (Com) Squad: The people modernizing Congress

May 5th, 2022


Reps. Derek Kilmer and Williams Timmons are under no illusion about the challenges to make Congress a more modern and efficient institution. But as the leaders of the House Selection Committee on the Modernization of …

Fintech Beat: Fintech For Farmers?

May 3rd, 2022


Chris Brummer sits down with AcreTrader Founder Carter Malloy.

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CQ Budget: Aid quandary for Congress

April 29th, 2022


New aid for Ukraine is tied up in a fight over pandemic relief and immigration policy. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn explain the tangle …

Political Theater: White House Correspondents' Dinner is back: Expect super-spreader jokes

April 28th, 2022


For the first time since 2019, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is back, stepping gingerly into the COVID-19 era, awkward jokes and …

Fintech Beat: John Hope Bryant on Entrepreneurialism and Financial Literacy

April 27th, 2022


John Hope Bryant, the famed American financial literacy entrepreneur and businessman, joins the podcast with QED's Amias Gerety to talk about Black Wealth, Entrepreneurs, and Financial Literacy

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Political Theater: Cash Rules All Politics? Maybe, maybe not. Breaking down the latest FEC fundraising numbers

April 20th, 2022


It's the year of our Midterm Election, 2022, and Q1 fundraising numbers are in. What's a million dollars get you these days? How are …

CQ Budget: Unfinished fiscal agenda

April 15th, 2022


Lawmakers face a jam-packed agenda after the April recess that includes pandemic aid, restaurant relief, a semiconductor manufacturing measure, fiscal 2023 appropriations, and possibly a resurrected "Build Back Better" …

Political Theater: Let's get specific about the generic ballot

April 14th, 2022


We're going to hear a lot about the congressional generic ballot as we get deeper into the 2022 midterm campaign. But, as Edwin Starr might ask, "What is it good for?" How much can we use it to make sense of the …

Fintech Beat: SEC's Allison Lee on Climate, Private Markets and Accredited Investors

April 13th, 2022


Allison Lee sits down to talk priorities and interests as she reaches her final stretch as Commissioner.

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CQ Budget: Pandemic aid package derailed

April 8th, 2022


A $10 billion aid package for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics fell victim to the politics of immigration. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Aidan …

Political Theater: There's no crypto in baseball! ... Oh, wait

April 7th, 2022


Major League Baseball is back — and it's got some cryptocurrency-sportsbook-anti-competitive-business-practice baggage. District Fray's Brandon …

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire co-hosts with Chris Brummer to talk Disclosure NFTs, Disclosure DAOs and More

April 7th, 2022


Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire joins the show to co-host and ask Chris Brummer anything and everything about his new white paper, "Disclosure, Dapps and DeFi."

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CQ Budget: Partisan fiscal clash resumes

April 1st, 2022


President Joe Biden's budget request for the coming fiscal year sets the stage for a replay of the partisan struggle over defense and nondefense …

Political Theater: Between the Lines: A Redistricting Roundup Report Card

March 31st, 2022


When it comes to really geeking out about politics and campaigns, nothing beats redistricting. Jason Dick and Michael Macagnone break down how the …

CQ Budget: What to expect in the Biden administration budget

March 25th, 2022


President Joe Biden's fiscal 2023 budget request, due Monday, will propose new spending levels for defense and nondefense programs at a time of …

Political Theater: Training the next generation of campaign reporters — in the field

March 22nd, 2022


Christina Bellantoni, a former Roll Call editor who is now professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California, is training …

CQ Budget: Tax breaks percolating

March 18th, 2022


While the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending package steered clear of tax legislation, lawmakers are preparing to push for several tax measures in coming months, including breaks for charitable donations, research and …

Political Theater: Supreme Court confirmations keep us guessing

March 17th, 2022


The stakes for Supreme Court nominations have always been high. But starting in 2016, when Senate Republicans refused to consider the nomination of Merrick B. Garland, the high court confirmation process has been …

CQ Budget: Omnibus spending deal done

March 11th, 2022


It came more than five months late, but omnibus appropriations for the current fiscal year made it across the finish line this week. CQ Roll Call's …

Political Theater: ‘Time becomes elastic’: the long legacy of Guantanamo Bay

March 9th, 2022


For the remaining prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility, “time becomes elastic,” in the words of filmmaker Alex Gibney. One long-time detainee, for instance, Abu Zubaydah, just had his petition to get …

CQ Budget: Countdown to a spending deal

March 8th, 2022


With one week to go before current government funding runs out, lawmakers are struggling to reach a deal on fiscal 2022 appropriations while accommodating a new White House request for additional Ukraine aid and …

Political Theater: Unified control, the political unicorn that never lasts

March 3rd, 2022


In the last 50 years, only six first-term presidents have been graced with their party in the majority in the House and Senate, and those majorities come under a lot of pressure in midterm elections. That brings us to …

Political Theater: ‘I just knew I had to be there’ — Jamie Raskin and the convergence of grief and politics

February 23rd, 2022


Rep. Jamie Raskin was already embroiled in a political struggle of titanic proportions when tragedy struck in late 2020: the death of his son, Tommy. …

Fintech Beat: Ro Khanna on dignity, big tech, and crypto

February 15th, 2022


Ro Khanna, whose district lies at the center of Silicon Valley, talks about his book "Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us" and how to decentralize opportunity beyond Northern California.

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CQ Budget: What's happening with infrastructure spending?

February 11th, 2022


Big spending increases for roads and other transportation projects approved in the bipartisan infrastructure law remain on hold until Congress passes …

Political Theater: The NFL’s missteps get amplified on its big stage

February 9th, 2022


This Super Bowl Sunday marks the conclusion of the one of the NFL’s mosts successful and entertaining seasons — and also one where its questionable …

CQ Budget: Two weeks and counting

February 4th, 2022


The path to avoiding a government shutdown is changing by the hour. And if an agreement on spending isn't reached in two weeks, the government will …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Should there be a Black history month?

February 3rd, 2022


Black history is often celebrated as though it were not American history. So many presidents have held up proclamations on behalf of Black history …

Political Theater: The color of money, 2022 midterms edition

February 2nd, 2022


Voting rights is about as hot a topic as it gets in politics right now, with the debate centered around whether voting laws pushed by Republicans …

Fintech Beat: Navigating housing inflation, homeowners, and data: A conversation with Finlocker's Brian Vieaux

February 1st, 2022


Brian Vieaux, the President of Finlocker, sits down to talk about the economy and how to reach prospective homeowners "before the point of thought."

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CQ Budget: Budget priorities clash in coming months

January 28th, 2022


Democrats have so much to do and so little time. Congress faces a Feb. 18 deadline to complete overdue appropriations but distractions are …

Political Theater: ‘I’m not going to be bullied out of here’ — members of Congress react to death threats

January 27th, 2022


There has always been a risk to being a public figure, particularly a member of Congress. Beyond the violence of events like the Jan. 6, 2021 attack …

Fintech Beat: Encore: Cryptodollars vs. Digital Dollars

January 25th, 2022


Nic Carter, a partner at Castle Island Ventures, and Fennie Wang, the former associate general counsel of MakerDao, discuss and debate the value of stablecoins and what they mean for central bank digital currencies.

CQ Budget: Getting something done

January 21st, 2022


President Biden and others have spoken this week about breaking apart the behemoth reconciliation package known as "Build Back Better" to pass pieces …

Equal Time: What do the census, voting rights and democracy have in common?

January 21st, 2022


Emails made public by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School recently showed that officials under President Donald Trump …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: 'Beat them in court, beat them in Congress and beat them at the polls'

January 21st, 2022


On the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden's inauguration, the administration woke up to it's fifth defeat in six months in passing legislation to ensure voting rights for all. Biden had promised to put voting …

Political Theater: Reshaping society, the Supreme Court way

January 19th, 2022


The White House and Congress get a lot of attention for their proposals to change public law, but the Supreme Court is having an outsize effect on society with its decisions, from determining where women can get …

Fintech Beat: The MLK Day Debrief: Equity crowdfunding at Seed at the Table

January 18th, 2022


Pierre Le Veaux talks about how Seed at the Table is transforming equity crowdfunding to create new opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs. …

CQ Budget: Movement on the appropriations process?

January 14th, 2022


Lead appropriators from both sides of the aisle are sitting down to chat. Polite chatter in the hallways of Congress has replaced boisterous …

Fintech Beat: What's the definition of emeritus? The Fintech Beat awards for 2021

January 11th, 2022


Host Chris Brummer discusses with fintech guru Dan Gorfine what the media missed, and should have ignored, in 2021.

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New year’s outlook for reconciliation package and appropriations

January 7th, 2022


CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman look ahead to negotiations around the roughly $2 trillion reconciliation package and appropriations …

Political Theater: January 6, 2021: In their own words

January 6th, 2022


For people just trying to do their jobs on Jan. 6, 2021, there wasn’t a lot of time to think. But bearing witness then and reflecting on it now are as important as ever during a time when the republic is so fragile. …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: The fight for Black and Brown children

January 5th, 2022


There is a double standard when it comes to the treatment of children of color. They are punished in schools more frequently. They are arrested more …

Fintech Beat: Encore: Why does crypto love Twitter?

January 4th, 2022


Lana Swartz discusses cryptotwitter and her book “New Money: How Payments Became Social Media".

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Political Theater: The 2021 Political Theater year in review

December 22nd, 2021


It’s that time of the year, when podcasts like Political Theater do their years in review. It’s a helpful frame. But 2021 in retrospect looks a lot …

Fintech Beat: The fintech job market for 2022

December 21st, 2021


Executive recruiter David Richardson joins the podcast to talk about where the fintech jobs will be in 2022.

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CQ Budget: Democrats look to new year to pass tax and spending package

December 17th, 2021


Democratic leaders hoped to pass a $2.2 trillion climate change and social safety package known as Build Back Better by Christmas. Instead, negotiations between President Joe Biden and West Virginia's Senator Joe …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: The politics of equity 2021

December 16th, 2021


In this wide-ranging, year-end conversation, Mary C. Curtis speaks with New York Times columnist Charles Blow about what he considers the dramatic …

Political Theater: CQ Roll Call's photographers on the year that was

December 15th, 2021


It has been, to put it mildly, a momentous year. It started off the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and has been defined by the continuing pandemic. But …

Fintech Beat: Why the FTC matters for fintech

December 14th, 2021


Duane Pozza, a former top FTC consumer protection official, explains where unexpected regulatory risk may lurk for privacy, competition, and crypto.

CQ Budget: Senate clears procedural debt limit measure

December 10th, 2021


The Senate cleared a bill to let Democrats increase the debt limit on their own, delaying the next bipartisan debate over the debt limit until after …

Political Theater: From COVID's first wave to now, what we learned

December 8th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives for years now and killed millions. What are the biggest changes it has caused? And could we have done …

Fintech Beat: What Circle Impact means for crypto's inclusion conversation

December 7th, 2021


Circle's Dante Disparte breaks down the company's inclusion plans and how the stablecoin giant is aiming to reshape crypto's conversation with minority banks, HBCUs and beyond.

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CQ Budget: So much to do, so little time

December 3rd, 2021


There is so much left for Congress to do before the end of the year — a vote on the debt limit and the sweeping climate and social spending package. But divisions are so sharp that even the smallest of tasks like …

Political Theater: Coal in your legislative stockings

December 2nd, 2021


The weather outside might not be so frightful, but Congress’ inability to do anything on time sure does suck. Here we are in December, and, as usual, …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: What do the battle against omicron and HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge have in common?

December 1st, 2021


Equity is top of mind this week. First, the omicron variant is now the topic of global conversation. How the story unfolded in the U.S. illuminates …

Political Theater: Ruben Gallego's warts and all account of life and death

November 23rd, 2021


Congressman Ruben Gallego’s new book, 'They Called Us "Lucky": The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War's Hardest Hit Unit,' isn’t your typical …

Fintech Beat: D-Cash: How the Eastern Caribbean created one of the first CBDCs

November 23rd, 2021


Timothy Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, shares how the central bank launched one of the world's first central bank digital currencies.

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CQ Budget: At last, House passes massive reconciliation package

November 19th, 2021


The House voted 220-213 Friday morning to send the Senate the $2.2 trillion reconciliation package -- capping off overnight drama when GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled passage while speaking for more than eight hours. 

Political Theater: What we're watching one year out from 2022 midterms

November 17th, 2021


The 2022 midterm elections are less than a year away, and CQ Roll Call politics team has been keeping an eye on vulnerable members, races to watch, …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: 'What has come of America?'

November 17th, 2021


Civil rights leader and National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial says he is "damn worried" about the state of American democracy. Mary C. Curtis sits down with Morial to talk about voting rights, …

Fintech Beat: Encore: Bank charters, fintech charters, and crypto

November 16th, 2021


Michele Alt, Dan Awrey and Caitlin Long provide an overview of the world of bank charters and fintech charters — and what they mean for crypto.

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Budget deep dive: Will the reconciliation bill pass soon?

November 12th, 2021


The House could vote as soon as next week on the roughly $2 trillion reconciliation package, sending it to the Senate where it's provisions could be …

Political Theater: Infrastructure Week: No longer a punchline

November 11th, 2021


It's a good time to be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. With President Biden about to sign an infrastructure bill into law, Buttigieg is one …

Fintech Beat: The Fintech Weeks of 2021

November 9th, 2021


Conan French, senior advisor at the Institute of International Finance, sits down with Fintech Beat to talk about the major regulatory themes and …

Budget deep dive: Reconciliation at risk

November 5th, 2021


Financing concerns left moderate Democrats queasy about voting for a budget reconciliation package to expand the safety net and combat climate change. The plan hinges on new taxes, prescription drug cost savings, and …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: 'U.S. immigration policy is racist'

November 4th, 2021


Many in the nation were shocked when horrifying photographs appeared of immigration officers on horseback rounding up Haitian asylum seekers at the …

Political Theater: The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately elections of 2021

November 3rd, 2021


Gubernatorial elections this week in Virginia and New Jersey showed a huge swing toward Republicans in two states previously thought of as solidly …

Fintech Beat: Minority banks and the technology stack

November 2nd, 2021


Nicole Elam, CEO of the National Bankers Association, and Larry Parks discuss what digital transformation looks like for minority-owned and rural …

Budget deep dive: The skinny on the stripped down reconciliation framework

October 29th, 2021


President Biden presented House Democrats with a $1.75 trillion reconciliation framework text this week. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David …

Political Theater: Joe Manchin: Man of the moment

October 27th, 2021


In an evenly divided Senate, every senator has the ability to be a kingmaker. But West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has taken it to the next level. At a time when Democrats in the majority are assembling their Build …

Fintech Beat: China's Mu Changchun on the digital yuan

October 26th, 2021


Mu Changchun, director-general of China's central bank digital currency project, talks about the country's "wait and see" innovation path and the design of the digital yuan.

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CQ Budget: What's the meaning of compromise?

October 22nd, 2021


When it comes to reconciliation, reducing the original price tag by $1.5 trillion has left a lot on the floor. President Joe Biden signaled Democrats are close now, or at least closer, to a final package. A Medicare …

Political Theater: Just what is wrong with Congress

October 21st, 2021


The legislative branch consistently misses statutory deadlines, lurching from crisis to crisis, all while sniping at one another in a way that would …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Why universal pre-K may help stem crime

October 20th, 2021


As Congress deliberates this week on what should be included in the reconciliation bill, child care and specifically universal pre-K is being …

Fintech Beat: Fintech’s free will

October 19th, 2021


Jenny Xia Spradling, the co-founder of Free Will, recounts her journey, why she walked away from her first startup, and how her new big venture has enabled over $1 billion of donations to nonprofits.

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Budget deep dive: What’s next for the reconciliation bill?

October 15th, 2021


Democrats have two weeks to meet a self-imposed deadline to pass a reconciliation bill, but a rift between moderate and progressive Democrats over …

Political Theater: 'Dopesick’ humanizes the overwhelming losses of the opioid epidemic

October 13th, 2021


The team behind the Hulu mini-series “Dopesick,” discusses with Political Theater how they approached a story of monumental tragedy and loss, putting …

Budget deep dive: Debt limit crisis averted, for now

October 8th, 2021


The Senate approved a short-term debt limit patch Thursday night, raising borrowing authority by $480 billion, but the compromise agreement between Senate leaders doesn’t provide much time to reach a longer-term …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: 'White folks don't care about dead Black and Brown people like they ought to'

October 7th, 2021


It has been more than a year since the killing of George Floyd sparked cries for police reform and even defunding. But it has all but stalled on the …

Political Theater: The view from Howell: Michiganders weigh in on Biden agenda

October 7th, 2021


President Joe Biden took his pitch for enhanced infrastructure and social safety net spending to Howell, Mich., this week. CQ Roll Call Senior Writer …

Fintech Beat: Black and Brown perspectives on crypto and inclusion

October 5th, 2021


Dante Disparte, Tonya Evans and Carmelle Cadet, three of the most visible minorities in crypto, talk about digital assets and financial inclusion.

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Budget deep dive: President Biden's domestic agenda at stake

October 1st, 2021


The House could vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday, but progressive Democrats plan to vote against the measure unless the Senate …

Political Theater: Supreme Court takes on big issues — and more scrutiny

September 29th, 2021


The Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 4, and the stakes are sky high for the justices, who will hear cases that could usher in sweeping …

Fintech Beat: Innovating the gig economy

September 28th, 2021


Matt Spoke, the CEO of Moves Financial, talks about what it takes to innovate for the gig worker and change labor's relationship to capital.

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Budget deep dive: Stopgap funding faces uncertainty in the Senate

September 24th, 2021


The House passed a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 3, but it still needs to pass the evenly divided Senate. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: 'It's always urgent when it's about vote, voice and power'

September 23rd, 2021


Climate change — a major concern of this week’s United Nations General Assembly — affects people across the globe through immigration, food production and the economy, to name a few. But as Ashley K. Shelton tells Mary …

Political Theater: The Circus’ comes back to (this) town

September 22nd, 2021


The Circus is back in town. At least Showtime’s political documentary series "The Circus" is back, resuming its sixth season this past Sunday. And …

Fintech Beat: The bill to bring crypto clarity?

September 21st, 2021


Congress is trying to bring clarity to crypto. In this episode, we discuss the most ambitious proposal to date with former CFTC General Counsel Patrick McCarty.

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Budget deep dive: Where things stand on reconciliation

September 17th, 2021


House Democrats wrapped up markups for the 13 sections of the reconciliation package this week, sending the draft text to the Budget Committee where …

Political Theater: Can Congress stay bipartisan on Olympic oversight?

September 15th, 2021


Congress is deeply split, but not when it comes to the Olympics. Former U.S. women's national gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of female gymnasts provoked bipartisan action to toughen oversight …

Fintech Beat: Exit interview with Brian Quintenz

September 14th, 2021


Former CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz joins Fintech Beat to talk about his tenure and the recent confrontations between the crypto industry and government.

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Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: Reconciliation, infrastructure and the social safety net

September 9th, 2021


President Joe Biden made clear from his first day in office that social justice issues are at the top of his economic agenda. A "human" infrastructure bill remains on Congress's to-do list, which includes subsidies for …

‘Detainee 001’ and the untold story of the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh

September 8th, 2021


Filmmaker Greg Barker’s new documentary, “Detainee 001” comes at a turning point in U.S history and its timing could not be more ideal. The story of …

Political Theater: Was the sad, messy end in Afghanistan inevitable?

September 1st, 2021


President Joe Biden this week declared that the longest war in U.S. history was over, and that after evacuating thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, there was no vital national security interest that justified …

Fintech Beat: Encore: Innovating informal economies through COVID-19

August 31st, 2021


The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s lead for digitalization in West Africa provides an insider’s account of the region's innovation curve, …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: MLK III: ‘Listen with your ears, hear with your heart’

August 26th, 2021


Martin Luther King III joins Equal Time to talk with Mary C. Curtis about his father’s “I have a dream" speech, voting rights today and personal memories of his father. Fifty-eight years after his father's iconic words, …

Political Theater: The politics of public health

August 25th, 2021


Health inequities between different racial and ethnic groups existed well before COVID-19, but the pandemic has revealed just how stark the …

Does the Fed innovate?

August 24th, 2021


Sunayna Tuteja, The Federal Reserve's Chief Innovation Officer, gives her first interview since taking the post and offers insight on the Federal Reserve, and what it takes to move from the private sector to government.

Political Theater: Everything you always wanted to know about Title 42 but didn't know what to ask

August 19th, 2021


A little known public-health directive, Title 42, allows border agents to swiftly “expel” migrants who cross the border -- without considering their asylum claims. It was implemented in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases …

Fintech Beat: Crypto goes to Washington

August 17th, 2021


Kristin Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at the infrastructure bill and crypto-lobbying in Washington. 

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Budget deep dive: Uncertainty surrounds budget resolution for as it heads to House

August 13th, 2021


The House is set to take up the fiscal 2022 budget resolution the week of Aug. 23, but moderates are threatening to block the tax and spending …

Fintech Beat: Curated fintech

August 10th, 2021


Venture capitalists Tyler Griffin and Ryan Falvey break down how the next generation of fintech is leveraging technology to both scale and serve …

Political Theater: What’s so special about special elections?

August 9th, 2021


Special elections to the House this year have offered more evidence that local and state contests have been nationalized, even down to the …

Budget deep dive: Playing chicken with the debt limit

August 6th, 2021


An upcoming decision on whether to raise or suspend the debt limit is shaping up to be one of the more challenging legislative battles this year. CQ …

Political Theater: ‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’ explores path, legacy of 44th president

August 4th, 2021


The HBO documentary series “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union,” arrives at a tumultuous time in American politics. It explores the formative …

Fintech Beat: Bank charters, fintech charters, and crypto

August 3rd, 2021


Michele Alt, Dan Awrey and Caitlin Long provide an overview of the world of bank charters and fintech charters — and what they mean for crypto.

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Budget deep dive: Senate infrastructure deal secured

July 30th, 2021


The Senate voted this week to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation with $550 billion in new spending over the next 5 years. CQ Roll Call’s …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: ‘This is about whether or not we will have a democracy or an autocracy,’ Clyburn on voting rights

July 30th, 2021


Voter nullification, authoritarianism, and the end of democracy, that’s what Rep. James E. Clyburn says are the very real consequences of not passing …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: 'The flag would still be flying today'

July 29th, 2021


Six years ago, Malcolm Graham lost his big sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, in the Charleston shooting that took nine Black churchgoers' lives. Now a …

Political Theater: The ADA at 31: Still striving to remove barriers

July 28th, 2021


This week, the White House celebrated the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, touted as a bipartisan success that …

Fintech Beat: The sustainable investing start-up

July 27th, 2021


Fintech Beat sits down with Stefania Di Bartolomeo, CEO of Physis Investment, to talk about impact investing and the rising tide of startups aiming …

Budget deep dive: First appropriations bills head to House floor

July 23rd, 2021


The House is taking up seven appropriations bills as one package next week, bringing debates about federal funding for abortion, environmental policy …

Political Theater: How DACA went from temporary plan to forever battle

July 22nd, 2021


Initially conceived as a temporary solution for vulnerable immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has become an intractable …

Fintech Beat: Dan Tarullo and Caitlin Long on capital rules for crypto

July 20th, 2021


Former Federal Reserve Board Governor Dan Tarullo and Avanti founder Caitlin Long discuss the Basel Committee’s proposed guidance on capital rules …

Budget deep dive: Budget reconciliation package outline set at $3.5 trillion

July 16th, 2021


Senate Democrats agreed this week to work toward a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which would fund major programs President Joe Biden proposed …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: The education gap

July 15th, 2021


Slavery, Jim Crow laws and COVID-19 all have contributed to a yawning gap between white public school students and students of color. While the 1950s …

Political Theater: Trump, voting access defining 2022 midterm election outlook

July 13th, 2021


Midterm elections have patterns, but the political calculus we use sometimes needs a little adjusting. A delayed redistricting cycle, former …

Fintech Beat: Regulated liabilities and the internet of value

July 13th, 2021


Digital assets have very different technical features. What is regulation's role in their interoperability? Citi's Tony McLaughlin and Jai Messari …

Budget deep dive: What awaits Congress before summer recess

July 9th, 2021


Both chambers are expected to debate and vote on a fiscal 2022 budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, while the Senate is planning to …

CQ Future: Politics

July 9th, 2021


It has been a little more than a year since we launched CQ Future. At the time, the pandemic was in full swing, as was the Black Lives Matter …

Political Theater: The Supreme Court: It’s all about the politics

July 7th, 2021


Supreme Court justices like to portray themselves as legal actors, not political ones, but the high court has never been able to stay out of the …

Fintech Beat: Barry Eichengreen on CBDCs and the dominance of the US dollar

July 6th, 2021


This week we celebrate our 100th episode with an encore presentation of our conversation with Barry Eichengreen on whether a foreign CBDC could …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: 'The intrinsic value of whiteness'

June 30th, 2021


The country’s history of redlining, racially restrictive covenants, zoning regulations and more has embedded racism in its housing policies. Simply …

Political Theater: Decluttering the Capitol of its white supremacists

June 29th, 2021


Just before the Independence Day recess, the House is moving anew to remove statues of people in the Capitol who were part of the Confederacy or were …

Budget deep dive: Bipartisan infrastructure plan reached

June 25th, 2021


The Biden administration has reached an agreement with a group of bipartisan senators on an infrastructure package, but issues remain. CQ Roll Call’s …

CQ Future: Ransomware attacks

June 25th, 2021


Ransomware attacks, in which hackers shut down computer systems and demand payment to undo the damage, are growing more brazen. The attacks have hit local governments as well as companies. Will the U.S. be able to get a …

Political Theater: When 60+ votes isn’t enough in the Senate

June 24th, 2021


Why does something that seems pretty common sense and has wide bipartisan support get stalled in the Senate? A case study is the current debate over …

Fintech Beat: John Rogers and Robert Smith on Black banks and the digital economy

June 22nd, 2021


John Rogers Jr., the co-CEO of Ariel Investments, the oldest Black-owned asset management firm, and Robert Smith, Vista Equity’s CEO and the …

Budget deep dive: Democrats go big with new spending proposal

June 18th, 2021


Senate Democrats are preparing to draft a fiscal 2022 budget resolution with up to $6 trillion in reconciliation spending during the next decade. CQ …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Who is afraid of critical race theory?

June 17th, 2021


Even as the U.S. will likely have a federal holiday to mark Juneteenth — an important date not a part of many history books — battles over teaching …

Late spring fever: Congress emerges from pandemic depths

June 15th, 2021


This week, the House and Senate were both in session for the first time since before Memorial Day, and it feels like Spring Fever, with pandemic …

Fintech Beat: ESG or crypto: Which is the unstoppable force?

June 15th, 2021


The World Economic Forum’s Sheila Warren and Global Digital Finance’s Jeff Bandman discuss whether ESG — and by extension, climate, governance and diversity considerations — will impact the future of crypto.

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Immigration: The fate of DACA

June 14th, 2021


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the ninth anniversary of the Dreamers act. CQ Roll Call's Suzanne Monyak reports on …

Budget: Money found

June 11th, 2021


The White House has laid out how they’ll use the funds allocated to the previous administration's border wall efforts. CQ Roll Call's Paul Krawzak …

Spending season begins with uncertainty

June 11th, 2021


House Democrats are preparing to approve a roughly $1.5 trillion total discretionary spending level in a deeming resolution so appropriators can …

CQ Future: Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)

June 10th, 2021


Amazon is at the center of a firestorm from employee activists and shareholders who want the company to pay more attention to environmental justice — …

Foreign policy: Biden heads to Europe

June 9th, 2021


Europe is still deeply disquieted by the illiberal direction the U.S. has taken, despite Biden's victory. President Biden will have to calm jittery …

Tech: Facing cyber threats

June 9th, 2021


House lawmakers, angry about ransomware, and hearing the Colonial Pipeline CEO, urge the Biden administration to be more aggressive in fighting cyber …

Political Theater: Why is West Virginia the center of the political universe?

June 9th, 2021


For a small state, West Virginia has outsize political influence. The Mountain State's two senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley …

Budget: Biden's budget in the spotlight

June 8th, 2021


Senators grilled the acting OMB director, Shalanda Young, on Tuesday over the administration's proposed fiscal 2022 budget. Their questions provide a …

Immigration: Finding lost children

June 8th, 2021


President Biden's task force to reunite families separated under the Trump administration says it lacks records on more than 2,100 kids, according to …

Defense: Biological Threat Reduction Program

June 8th, 2021


President Biden took Congress by surprise by proposing a severe cut in funds for the program designed to improve safety and security of biological …

Tech: Digital divide

June 8th, 2021


The pandemic made clear that the digital divide is profound--especially when it comes to tribal lands. CQ Roll Call's Dean DeChiaro reports.

Learn …

Fintech Beat: The startup innovating the fintech of food stamps

June 8th, 2021


The CEO of Propel, a startup dedicated to helping low-income Americans improve their financial health, sits down to talk about how his venture capital-backed startup is innovating how food stamp recipients manage their …

Demographics: What makes a city?

June 7th, 2021


As OMB considers tinkering with the official population threshold of "city" for the first time in 70+ years, leaders in 144 cities fear they may lose …

Budget deep dive: Appropriators prepare for abortion funding fight

June 4th, 2021


Democrats plan to remove the Hyde amendment from the House appropriations measure, igniting a battle with Republicans. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Why do Black American women die having babies?

June 3rd, 2021


The United States has the highest -- yes, the highest -- maternal mortality rates in the developed world. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. That is in keeping …

Budget: To reconcile or not

June 2nd, 2021


The Senate parliamentarian says use of a special procedure to pass multiple filibuster-proof bills should be reserved for "extraordinary …

Health: Vaccine update

June 2nd, 2021


The president is determined to reach his target of 70 percent of the nation vaccinated by July 4. CQ Roll Call's Emily Kopp reports on the latest …

Demographics: Diverse voters

June 1st, 2021


The most diverse electorate in the country’s history headed to the polls in 2020, but pollsters and party officials aren't quite sure how to tap that …

Political Theater: ‘The Courier’: How friendship trumped Cold War politics

June 1st, 2021


The United States and Russia have a tense political relationship, which will be on display later this month when President Joe Biden has called …

Health: To mask or not

June 1st, 2021


While the pandemic begins to lift there are still many questions about moving forward. CQ Roll Call's Lauren Clason reports on lingering questions …

Fintech Beat: Encore: All you need to know about Ant Group (and its cancelled IPO)

June 1st, 2021


Fintech Beat is off for Memorial Day, so we decided to look back at an episode with Hong Kong University professor Douglas Arner where we talked …

Budget: Top ten things to know about FY '22 budget

May 28th, 2021


President Biden released the FY 2022 budget Friday afternoon and there is a lot of proposed spending -- $6 trillion to be exact. CQ Roll Call's …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: USDA and Black farmers

May 27th, 2021


Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sits down with Mary C. Curtis to discuss Black farmers and the USDA plan to provide debt relief to socially …

CQ Future: Amtrak

May 27th, 2021


Amtrak, the nation's rail system, has been on the brink for years. It went on life support during the pandemic and survived thanks to a $2 billion infusion from the government. But things may change. "Amtrak Joe," as …

Congress: Getting Black women to run for the Senate

May 27th, 2021


The Senate was left without any Black women when Vice President Kamala Harris left the chamber to join the White House. CQ Roll Call's Bridget …

Political Theater: "I have to be an optimist"

May 26th, 2021


This week marked the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, a year defined by a subsequent international …

Budget: Return of the earmark

May 26th, 2021

House Democrats from swing districts are nearly all in on earmarks. CQ Roll Call's Jennifer Shutt reports on what this means.

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Health: Medicaid expansion?

May 25th, 2021


Federal incentives to expand Medicaid coverage may not be enough to convince the final 12 holdout states, as lawmakers and advocates in several …

Fintech Beat: Platform gamification, video games and addiction

May 25th, 2021


Therapist and social worker Andrew Fishman joins the show to talk about video games, addictive apps and investing platforms. 

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Immigration: Refugees won't fill quota

May 24th, 2021


The Biden administration will not be able to admit the 62,500 refugees allowed under this year's cap. CQ Roll Call's Caroline Simon explains why.

Energy: Remaking electricity

May 24th, 2021


Tucked in the Biden administration’s public works proposal is a requirement that could remold the country’s electricity network, decarbonize the grid …

Immigration: Separated families

May 24th, 2021


A new DHS Inspector General report found that immigration authorities failed to give hundreds of migrant parents the chance to reunite or take their …

Health: Parental leave and COVID-19 vaccines

May 21st, 2021


The Biden administration and some employers have not extended COVID-19 vaccine paid leave policies to parents helping kids get shots. As CQ Roll …

Budget deep dive: Looking ahead at a busy appropriations season

May 21st, 2021


June and July are going to be busy for lawmakers as Congress looks to tackle a budget resolution, appropriations bills, debt limit …

Congress: Disunity among Democrats

May 21st, 2021


Cracks among House Democrats came to the fore this week with policy disagreements on police reform, Israel and taxes. CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller …

Budget: Paying for human infrastructure

May 20th, 2021


The Treasury department released a report Thursday on how tax enforcement initiatives will work and how Treasury plans to arrive at $700 billion in …

Political Theater: "There’s a number of people who still take it for granted"

May 20th, 2021


Few political issues are as polarizing as abortion, and now abortion opponents are on the cusp of a potentially epic win after decades of incremental …

ESG: Pushback on executive pay

May 20th, 2021


Shareholders are beginning to say no to high compensation for chief executive pay. CQ Roll Call's Laura Weiss reports on what is fueling this new …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: "We can't give in to Jan. 6"

May 20th, 2021


In a fiery and no-holds-barred conversation, Mary C. Curtis speaks with former RNC chair Michael Steele on the future of the GOP, why he cannot …

Defense: Extremism in the military

May 19th, 2021


As Congress and the Pentagon struggle to understand the extent of extremism in the military--and what to do about it-- experts and those with direct …

Immigration: Citizenship eligibility for those born overseas

May 19th, 2021


The State Department has changed its U.S. citizenship policy on children born abroad, scrapping a previous genetic requirement imposed under prior …

Transportation: GOP's infrastructure authorization

May 19th, 2021


House Republicans Wednesday made an opening bid on their version of an infrastructure proposal and released a $400 billion, five-year authorization of highway, transit and safety programs.

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Labor: Federal paid family leave

May 18th, 2021


A Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday showcased testimonies in support of a national program for paid family …

Congress: Campaign dollars and childcare.

May 18th, 2021


Three years ago, the Federal Election Commission changed the rules so that contributions could pay for child care for those running for office. As CQ …

Health: Children's mental health

May 18th, 2021


The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation's mental health, and children are no exception. CDC data shows visits by 12-to 17-year olds to the ER …

Fintech Beat: Demystifying DeFi

May 18th, 2021


Rebecca Rettig, the General Counsel of Aave, breaks down open-source, non-custodial protocols, and the operational mechanics of decentralized finance.

Health: U.S. sending COVID-19 vaccines overseas

May 17th, 2021


The White House announced today it would export 20 million additional COVID-19 vaccination doses overseas to help stem the global pandemic. CQ Roll …

CQ Budget: Infrastructure week, again

May 14th, 2021


Negotiations on a bipartisan infrastructure compromise gained new momentum after President Biden met this week with GOP senators. The one thing …

CQ Future: 'Big tech'

May 14th, 2021


Is “Big Tech” too big to dismantle? That is the question on our minds. It appears to be the one industry that has galvanized both Democrats and the GOP as they try to dismantle these behemoths, albeit for different …

Budget: Restaurants need more help

May 13th, 2021


A new $28 billion fund opened up two weeks ago to help restaurants get back their footing after the pandemic. But as CQ Roll Call's David Lerman …

Political Theater: When the theater of politics turned all politics into theater

May 13th, 2021


When we started this podcast in January 2018, we were not thinking about whether it would make it to 200 episodes. Then again, we didn’t think we get …

Environment: Climate change across the globe

May 12th, 2021


U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday to talk about efforts to form a global …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Righting economic wrongs of the past

May 11th, 2021


Cecilia Rouse is the first Black woman to chair the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House think tank, of sorts, on economic policy. Yes, she …

Fintech Beat: The GameStop hearings — and what comes next

May 11th, 2021


Dennis Kelleher, the CEO of Better Markets and point man for investor advocacy in D.C., provides an insider account of the GameStop hearings — and what comes next at the SEC.

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Budget deep dive: Budget season preview

May 7th, 2021


Lawmakers are bracing for a hectic few months, with President Biden’s budget request expected by Memorial Day, House committee markups in June, and a potential reconciliation bill for Biden’s infrastructure, education …

Political Theater: History and drama: Republicans’ 2022 balancing act

May 6th, 2021


Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, history and redistricting favor House Republicans. But even with built-in advantages, there are some wild …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: The tax lady cometh

May 6th, 2021


What do paying taxes and racial equity have to do with one another? As it turns out, quite a lot since American tax policy is written in a way that …

Penn Wharton: Biden's families plan would cost $2.5 trillion

May 5th, 2021


New analysis from Penn Wharton finds that President Biden’s family aid package — which would expand child care, education and more — would cost more …

Fintech Beat: Singapore’s fintech chief breaks down Partior, its blockchain-based cross-border payments system

May 4th, 2021


Sopnendu Mohanty, Singapore’s fintech chief, breaks down Partior, the “watershed” blockchain-based platform for cross-border payments announced by …

Budget deep dive: Biden goes even bigger on spending

April 30th, 2021


President Joe Biden outlined his plan for spending big on key areas in his prime-time address to Congress, calling for over $4 trillion in new …

CQ Future: Refugee policy

April 30th, 2021


"It is deeply broken." That is the overall assessment of the process and policy to let refugees into the country from the former head of the agency …

Political Theater: He's not gonna wait

April 29th, 2021


Mark McKinnon, long-time political adviser and current co-host of the Showtime political documentary series The Circus joins Political Theater to …

Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: DNC Chair Jaime Harrison

April 28th, 2021


Jaime Harrison gained national attention last year when he broke fundraising records running against South Carolina incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. …

Fintech Beat: Crypto custody 101

April 27th, 2021


Ed Nalbantian and Mark Rasmussen join the podcast to compare crypto custody in the EU and US—and whether custodians have to return forked …

Budget deep dive: Senate Republicans push for $568 billion counteroffer on infrastructure

April 23rd, 2021


Senate Republicans unveiled a five-year, $568 billion infrastructure proposal on Thursday that they hope can be a starting point for negotiations with Democrats. Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders says the proposal …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: "More people are afraid of the police than community violence"

April 22nd, 2021


It’s been 30 years since the world saw Rodney King on video being beaten by Los Angeles police officers. Since then, the list of Black people killed …

Political Theater: The future of the Democratic Party

April 21st, 2021


It's no secret that in the corridors of power there is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party. While Joe Biden won the presidency, there …

Fintech Beat: The fintech jobs market

April 20th, 2021


Executive recruiter David Richardson joins the show to talk about where the fintech jobs are, and what sectors have been most impacted by the industry's explosive growth. 

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Health: NIH lifts Trump-era restrictions on fetal tissue research

April 16th, 2021


The National Institutes of Health announced it would loosen restrictions on using fetal tissue in biomedical research and revert to the process in …

Budget deep dive: Democrats torn over strategy for passing $2T infrastructure plan

April 16th, 2021


Democrats are struggling to decide whether to pursue a bipartisan infrastructure bill or go it alone through another budget reconciliation process. Some are advocating a two-step strategy that combines both approaches, …

CQ Future: Money in politics

April 16th, 2021


The political money game is changing. Small donor fundraising is at an all-time high, while corporations are holding off on donating in the wake of …

Health: HHS moves to reinstate aid to family planning clinics that perform abortions

April 14th, 2021


The Biden administration released a proposed rule on Wednesday that would reinstate eligibility for federal family planning funds to organizations …

Census: States barrel ahead with redistricting

April 14th, 2021


A handful of states are looking to draw their legislative maps amid the wait for census data, raising concerns about transparency in the process. …

Political Theater: Joe Biden's bold moves on race relations

April 14th, 2021


The United States is amid a period of self-reflection and contentious debate on race relations and President Joe Biden is leaning into it.

Rashawn …

Health: Broader vaccine eligibility may exacerbate racial inequities

April 13th, 2021


States and the federal government are trying to stop the COVID-19 vaccine equity gap from growing as vaccine eligibility opens up to all adults — but …

Fintech Beat: Mapping fintech in Latin America

April 13th, 2021


Venture capitalists Ben Savage and Jonathan Whittle join Korefusion’s Alejandro Gonzalez Sanchez to break down investing in the immense region, and how it differs from the rest of the world.

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Health: White House resists pressure to space out COVID-19 vaccine doses

April 12th, 2021


A debate is raging among some top infectious disease experts as calls are growing to administer as many first doses of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines as …

Defense: Biden ends abuse-prone overseas military budgets

April 12th, 2021


The Biden administration’s fiscal 2022 defense budget request would eliminate the so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account, a seemingly …

Climate: Biden sets bold agenda with release of budget

April 12th, 2021


The Biden administration underscored its focus on climate change in the first glimpse of its fiscal 2022 budget proposal, calling for tens of …

Budget: Kicking off appropriations season

April 9th, 2021


President Biden proposed a 16 percent increase in federal spending Friday on domestic priorities, including a hefty raise for education. CQ Roll …

Budget deep dive: Boosting domestic spending

April 9th, 2021


The Biden administration on Friday released its wish list for discretionary spending for fiscal 2022. The proposal would boost non-defense spending …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Jim Crow 2.0

April 8th, 2021


After a heated and contentious presidential election in 2020, voting rights are under attack. Georgia just passed a law that makes it harder for those who may be disenfranchised to cast their ballots. Other states are …

Political Theater: The future of the GOP

April 7th, 2021


Rep. Mike Johnson is emblematic of the Republican Party of which he is now, in his third House term, and a leading member. He joined fellow Republicans in January in backing the former president's campaign to overturn …

Fintech Beat: Why startup employees don’t exercise their stock options

April 6th, 2021


Frederik Mijnhardt, CEO of Secfi, joins Fintech Beat to explain why 80 percent of startup employees don’t exercise their stock options — and what that means for drivers of wealth in the innovation economy.

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Budget deep dive: Why a $2 trillion infrastructure plan is a heavy lift

April 2nd, 2021


The Biden administration says its $2 trillion infrastructure plan would boost the economy, fight climate change and address racial inequity. But …

CQ Future: The GOP

April 1st, 2021


President Donald Trump is ensconced at Mar-a-Lago and everyone — on all sides of the aisle — is curious to know what his influence will be on the GOP. We turn to Rep. Mike Johnson, Republican of Louisiana, who has risen …

Transportation: Biden wants more money for highways

March 31st, 2021


The president is on a spending spree and is asking for an additional $85 billion for surface transit. CQ Roll Call's Jessica Wehrman has details.

Transportation: What's in Biden's infrastructure plan

March 31st, 2021


President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes money to repair roads, bridges and beef up transit, but what it doesn't do is mention the gas tax. Not everyone is happy. CQ Jessica Wehrman has more on what's …

Political Theater: Governing in a hurry

March 31st, 2021


Unified control of the White House and Congress does not happen all that often. We are in one of those periods now, with President Joe Biden and his …

Fintech Beat: Encore: The tax man

March 30th, 2021


Tax season is upon us, so Fintech Beat wanted to take the opportunity to look back at an episode with one of the IRS’s top crypto cops to discuss how the agency views crypto and what it does with crypto seizures.

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Defense: Semiconductors are tiny, essential and in short supply

March 29th, 2021


Semiconductors are necessary for our economy and our national security and the pandemic has reemphasized a pre-existing issue in the U.S. supply. CQ …

Legal affairs: Biden administration looks to revive the sentencing commission

March 29th, 2021


The Biden administration has reached out to key lawmakers and the criminal justice community for guidance on a slate of appointments to revive the …

Foreign Policy: Building equity from within

March 26th, 2021


Democrats are working to build support around a set of proposals, some legislative, that would order a series of structural changes to the State …

Health: COVID-19 vaccine rates pick up

March 26th, 2021


The Biden administration announced today that J&J, Moderna and Pfizer are on target to meet first quarter goals. And half of the states will open …

Agriculture: USDA, Vilsack under scrutiny for record of discrimination

March 25th, 2021


Secretary Tom Vilsack and a Black former Agriculture Department official he once forced out of her job testify on the department’s treatment of Black …

Taxes: Proposals take aim at large companies

March 25th, 2021


Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, is spearheading a package of tax proposals designed to raise $1.5 trillion from multinational corporations and large …

Finance: Senate passes bill to extend PPP

March 25th, 2021


The Senate will extend the paycheck protection program another two months. CQ Roll Call's Caitlin Reilly reports on what this means.

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Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Back to the Future: The ERA

March 25th, 2021


The Equal Rights Amendment known as ERA — yes that ERA — is back.

The House passed a bill last week that would extend the deadline to ratify the …

Defense: Vaccines lag for military families overseas

March 24th, 2021


Military families stationed overseas say they are not getting vaccines. They are beginning to reach out to Congress for help. CQ Roll Call's Mark …

Political Theater: 11 years later, the Affordable Care Act is still ‘a big f-ing deal’

March 24th, 2021


This week marks the 11th anniversary of Barack Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act, something Joe Biden, then the vice president, now the president, famously described as a “Big F-ing Deal.”

He was right. It is …

Fintech Beat: Non-Fungible Tokens: Hope or hype?

March 23rd, 2021


Nic Carter and Amy Luo explain how NFTs work, and what their meteoric rise means for the mainstreaming of blockchain technology and securities law.

Budget deep dive: The return of earmarks in Congress

March 19th, 2021


The House Republican Conference will allow its members to submit earmark requests, ending a decade-old prohibition. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and …

CQ Future: Vaccine passports

March 19th, 2021


The EU is considering requiring citizens to get a vaccine passport to move freely around Europe. After more than a year of lockdowns, some may …

Health: J&J vaccine delays pose challenges

March 18th, 2021


Johnson & Johnson is under pressure to deliver its promised 20 million vaccine doses by the end of the month, as several state public health officials indicate the manufacturer is falling behind. Emily Kopp has …

Political Theater: What Deb Haaland at Interior means for Native Americans

March 18th, 2021


Native Americans have long had a contentious relationship with the Interior Department. Now one of their own is at the helm of it, Deb Haaland, an …

Fintech Beat: Roboadvising 101 with Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff

March 16th, 2021


Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff joins Fintech Beat to explain the operational mechanics and economics of roboadvising, and how the technology in the …

CQ Future: Restaurants

March 12th, 2021


We began this series last year to examine how the COVID 19 crisis has influenced public policy decisions. This week we reprised some of our podcasts …

CQ Future: Working mothers

March 11th, 2021


We began this series last year to examine how the COVID 19 crisis has influenced public policy decisions. This week we are reprising some of our …

Political Theater: Making sense of Congress, one year into the pandemic

March 11th, 2021


One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Political Theater takes stock of the changes in Congress and how it operates, which of those will be lasting, …

Equal Time: What the pandemic taught America about racial injustice

March 11th, 2021


It's been one year since the global pandemic hit. Most Americans had no idea what was in store. The numbers of those impacted by COVID-19 are staggering. More than half a million American lives have been lost to the …

CQ Future: Public Transport

March 10th, 2021


We began this series last year to examine how the pandemic was influencing public policy decisions. This week we are reprising some of our episodes …

Budget deep dive: House to vote on Senate-amended coronavirus bill

March 9th, 2021


The House is set to vote on the revised $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill as soon as Wednesday with the votes expected be on party lines. CQ Roll …

Fintech Beat: An interview with the developer who owns $400 million in Bitcoin — but forgot his password

March 9th, 2021


Coil CEO Stefan Thomas talks to Chris Brummer about how he stored 7,002 Bitcoins in a digital wallet, only to forget the password. Plus, what lessons …

CQ Future: Telehealth

March 9th, 2021


We began this series last year to examine how the pandemic was influencing public policy decisions. This week we are reprising some of our episodes …

CQ Future: Housing

March 8th, 2021


We began this series last year to examine how the pandemic was influencing public policy decisions. This week we are reprising some of our episodes …

CQ Future: The Latino vote

March 5th, 2021


The Latino vote played a big part in President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in November, especially in battleground states like Arizona and Nevada. In others, Latino voters helped oust Democratic incumbents. …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: A window into the life and work of Stacey E. Plaskett

March 4th, 2021


When Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett took center stage last month as a House manager in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, America took note. A star was born.

In the latest episode of Equal Time, Mary C. …

Political Theater: If you want partisanship, you’ve got it

March 3rd, 2021


Look no further than Congress to hear gripes about gridlock and the lack of bipartisanship. But based on whom the voters are sending to Washington, it’s not a big shock: Barely a statistically significant number of …

Budget deep dive: Senate to take up $1.9 trillion aid bill

March 2nd, 2021


Now that the House has passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, the Senate will take it up this week in what is likely to be a party-line vote. But the Senate may make changes to the bill, such …

Fintech Beat: Did social media 'manipulate' GameStop?

March 2nd, 2021


Emory law professor Kristin Johnson joins former Commodity Futures Trading Commission general counsel Patrick McCarty and Columbia University’s Josh …

Health: Awaiting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

February 26th, 2021


In a meeting Friday that marks the final hurdle before the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be approved for use, the FDA's independent advisers are …

Foreign: At last, a State Department authorization bill

February 26th, 2021


In the first House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of the new Congress, a State Department authorization bill passed for the first time in almost …

Health: Senators grill Murthy and Levine on COVID-19 response plans, opioids

February 25th, 2021


Vivek Murthy and Rachel Levine, nominees for two of the Biden administration’s top health posts, told senators they would follow scientific …

Equal Time: Seeking environmental justice: the impact of climate change on communities of color

February 25th, 2021


The recent extreme climate event in Texas slammed many cities and towns throughout the state, but, as is the case in most natural disasters, …

Changing demographics: Major issues tribal communities are facing

February 24th, 2021


Tribal leaders delineated the major issues facing Native American communities nationwide this week, including health care access and climate change …

Political Theater: ‘Mad’ about you: Madeleine Dean’s Philadelphia story

February 24th, 2021


It’s been a busy few years for Rep. Madeleine Dean, the Pennsylvania Democrat elected to the House in 2018. The lawyer and professor was part of a historic wave of women elected who put the chamber back in Democratic …

Immigration: Biden loses in court again over deportation freeze

February 24th, 2021


The Biden administration’s 100-day deportation moratorium was blocked indefinitely in court on Tuesday night. CQ Roll Call immigration reporter …

Health: Becerra touts record as GOP targets HHS nomination

February 23rd, 2021


President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, on Tuesday appeared for his first of two Senate confirmation hearings before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and …

Interior: Haaland's nomination hearing and the Keystone XL pipeline

February 23rd, 2021


New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland would be the first Native American to serve as secretary of the Interior Department if she is confirmed by the …

Health: Vaccine signup struggles highlight state and federal challenges

February 23rd, 2021


The Biden administration’s new programs to get COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies, long-term care centers and other sites are meant to ease state vaccine distribution — but in some cases they are having the opposite …

Budget deep dive: Tanden in hot water over confirmation

February 23rd, 2021


Neera Tanden, the nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is facing an uphill battle to get confirmed after multiple senators, including …

Fintech Beat: Kyckr gives the scoop on anti-money laundering compliance

February 23rd, 2021


Kyckr CEO Ian Henderson joins the show to share the company's latest report canvasing where anti-money laundering enforcement has taken off and why. Plus: Do local authorities tend to target international companies?

Legal Affairs: Top policies highlighted in Garland's hearing

February 22nd, 2021


Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing was a preview of coming policy fights in Congress. Among those are gun control, …

Transportation: Buttigieg pushes for equity in major overhaul

February 22nd, 2021


Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is emphasizing a push for racial equity in the nation’s transportation system. CQ Roll Call transportation …

Lobbying: Will Congress bring back earmarks?

February 22nd, 2021


The buzz on K Street is a likely return of earmarks on Capitol Hill. CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley explains the history of why earmarks …

Health: COVID negotiations could drive behavioral health policy

February 19th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for behavioral health resources and existing inadequacies in the mental health system. CQ Roll Call …

CQ Future: US-Russia relations

February 19th, 2021


To hear former U.S. national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia Eugene Rumer tell it: “I’m not sure we even had a Russia policy during the …

Finance: The first of the Gamestop hearings

February 18th, 2021


Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev was the main focus of Thursday's House Committee on Financial Services hearing — the first of many on the Gamestop stock transactions last month. But what is perhaps more interesting are the …

Tech: The fight for broadband

February 17th, 2021


Democrats in Congress are pushing for billions of dollars to go to a program that provides discounted laptops and hotspots to schools. CQ Roll Call …

Health: Biden invests $1.6 billion in COVID-19 tests, genomic sequencing

February 17th, 2021


The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will make investments in COVID-19 testing and tracing while waiting for lawmakers on Capitol …

Political Theater: Maybe everyone just wants to move on

February 17th, 2021


Despite the high drama and hard feelings associated with the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, it’s unclear it will have an …

Defense: Breaking down Pentagon proposals to curb white supremacists in military

February 16th, 2021


Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., told CQ Roll Call that he'll be proposing a bill Thursday to codify the Pentagon recommendations for preventing white …

Immigration: Visa programs face tougher road in upcoming overhaul proposal

February 16th, 2021


Democratic lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation later this week to overhaul the immigration system. CQ Roll Call immigration reporter …

Budget deep dive: Teeing up COVID-19 relief package for debate next week

February 16th, 2021


The House Budget Committee is set to assemble the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package this week through the budget reconciliation process. CQ Roll …

Fintech Beat: Silicon Valley Bank on financing startups, ESG and the future of risk

February 16th, 2021


Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker and top lawyer Michael Zuckert join Fintech Beat along with Kate Waldock and YeshaYadav to discuss the ins and outs of one of the most influential banks in the innovation economy.

Immigration: Border crossings on the rise

February 11th, 2021


The latest data on border arrests show an increase last month, raising concerns that more asylum seekers and immigrant-hopefuls are heading to the …

Equal Time: What's next on immigration, an issue that's personal, political -- and complicated

February 11th, 2021


Immigration policy is one of President Biden's top priorities. He has signed five executive orders and issued another four statements and …

Political Theater: Political Theater goes to 'The Circus'

February 10th, 2021


Showtime’s political documentary series “The Circus” wants to capture, in the words of co-host John Heilemann, the “big, giant chaotic, nightmarish …

Environment: Biden's choice to head EPA advances to Senate floor

February 9th, 2021


The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted Tuesday to advance Michael Regan, President Joe Biden's nominee for EPA administrator, to the …

Lobbying: K Street uses its muscle to try to open schools

February 9th, 2021


Parents with advocacy chops are tapping into their political prowess to get schools in the DC area to open their doors to students. CQ Roll Call's …

Budget deep dive: House Democrats tinker with $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

February 9th, 2021


House Democrats are barreling ahead with the budget reconciliation process, with committees spending the week marking up their portions of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. But major changes are …

Tech: Congress takes aim at Section 230

February 9th, 2021


Democratic Sens. Mark Warner, Mazie Hirono and Amy Klobuchar introduced a new bill Friday and CQ Roll Call's Dean DeChiaro has more details.

Learn …

Budget: House Democrats begin to craft the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package

February 8th, 2021


Nine committees have begun drafting bills for committee markups this week. And there were some surprises. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman previews what …

Congress: Wither the $15 an hour minimum wage?

February 8th, 2021


The GOP is against President Biden's plan to universally raise the nation's minimum wage to $15 an hour. CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller reports on the …

Health: Medicaid may face changes

February 8th, 2021


Even before President Joe Biden nominates someone to lead the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency, the administration and Congress are taking steps …

Defense: The military's connection to the insurrection at the Capitol

February 8th, 2021


More than 20 percent of those rioters who turned out on January 6 had some affiliation with the military. CQ Roll Call's John Donnelly reports on how …

Budget: The week that was

February 5th, 2021


House votes on final budget adoption as Democrats meet with President Biden ahead of frenetic markup schedule next week. CQ Roll Call's Paul Krawzak …

Immigration: DHS will pause lottery for highly skilled workers

February 5th, 2021


The Biden administration places the pause button on H1B visas via lottery. CQ Roll Call's Suzanne Monyak reports.

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CQ Future: US-China relations

February 5th, 2021


Rethinking America's policies toward China is one area that has bipartisan support in Washington these days. China's emergence as an …

Political Theater: Just how long will the U.S. Capitol look like a militarized zone?

February 4th, 2021


Amid a pandemic, an impeachment trial, an economic crisis and the fallout over the Jan. 6 armed attack on the Capitol, Congress is trying to figure …

Economy: Study says Biden's $1.9 trillion plan will help the economy

February 3rd, 2021


A Penn Wharton Budget Model says Biden’s $1.9T plan will expand the economy this year but the big $1,400 rebate checks will have limited impact. CQ …

Health: Congress investigates COVID-19 vaccine rollout

February 2nd, 2021


The vaccine rollout has been fractured and botched. CQ Roll Call's Emily Kopp reports on how the absence of a national strategy has hampered the …

Transportation: A very troubled industry

February 2nd, 2021


Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation secretary on Tuesday as transportation industries are demanding $130 billion in COVID-19 aid to help keep them afloat.

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Immigration: Biden to sign three executive orders

February 2nd, 2021


President Biden has wasted no time in undoing former President Trump's policies on immigration and migrants. CQ Roll Call's Suzanne Monyak reports on …

Budget deep dive: Can the $618 billion GOP relief plan push the needle on bipartisanship?

February 2nd, 2021


Ten Republican senators released a $618 billion COVID-19 relief plan before meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday. Their alternative package cuts many Democratic priorities. Meanwhile, Democrats released a budget …

Fintech Beat: Tackling bias with math and Zest

February 2nd, 2021


Fintech Beat talks with Zest AI's top executives to learn about the role of machine learning software in credit underwriting and whether better math …

Health: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine moves forward

January 29th, 2021


Johnson & Johnson released good news about its single injection vaccine and expects to produce 100 million doses by July. CQ Roll Call's Ariel …

Environment: Pingree's plans for Interior-Environment spending

January 29th, 2021


The House Appropriations Committee announced that Rep. Chellie Pingree will be taking over the subcommittee responsible for Interior and Environment appropriations, bringing a focus on climate change and reversing …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: "If racism is a lie, how has it been sustained, institutionalized and structured in America?"

January 28th, 2021


Racial equity is front and center for the Biden administration. That said, how does the nation begin to dismantle centuries of ingrained policies?

Housing: Biden's pick for HUD faces first big test Thursday

January 27th, 2021


Rep. Martha Fudge is President Biden's pick to lead the nation's housing agency. It was not her first choice and she once called the agency second …

Political Theater: Errol Morris on documentaries in the age of COVID-19 and chaos

January 27th, 2021


Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his latest movie, "My Psychedelic Love Story," history as chaos, whether Donald Trump believes his own …

Environment: Putting the science back in policy

January 27th, 2021


President Biden's executive order on Wednesday is an attempt to re-install scientific integrity to governing by taking politics out of the census, …

Tech: Battle over Section 230

January 27th, 2021


Nearly 100 advocacy groups urged Biden and Congress not to revoke Section 230 to punish Big Tech for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. CQ Roll Call's Dean …

Budget deep dive: Biden weighs strategy for COVID-19 relief

January 26th, 2021


Republicans are already signaling that they don’t support the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, potentially forcing …

Fintech Beat: Ben Mezrich on the Winklevoss twins and Bitcoin

January 26th, 2021


Amias Gerety interviews Ben Mezrich, author of the nonfiction account on which the movie "The Social Network" was based, about his latest book on Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss' foray into Bitcoin and his opinion on the …

Health: Biden pushes his vision on health policy

January 25th, 2021


President Biden is revamping many health policies to fight COVID-19 and other issues leftover from his predecessor. The plan is to announce them …

Economy: Senate panel to hear from Commerce nominee on Tuesday

January 25th, 2021


President Biden's choice for commerce secretary, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, appears before a Senate panel on Tuesday. If she is approved, Biden will lean on her to help implement his economic recovery plan. CQ …

Defense: Democrats also eye legislation to protect transgender troops

January 25th, 2021


The president on Monday reversed a Trump-era ban on transgender troops serving in the military. And this time there is movement afoot to change the …

Lobbying: K Street sharpens its focus

January 22nd, 2021


Possibility of bipartisan deals on health care, immigration and infrastructure has lobbyists on K Street humming. CQ Roll Call's Kate Ackley reports.

Health: The latest on COVID-19 vaccines

January 22nd, 2021


There's been a flurry of news on COVID-19 vaccines this week. CQ Roll Call's Emily Kopp reports on what is new about supply and demand as well as the …

Economy: Biden continues his flurry of executive orders

January 22nd, 2021


The most recent executive orders from the new president focus on the economy and CQ Roll Call's Doug Sword unpacks the new policies.

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Financial Services: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

January 22nd, 2021


The Senate Finance Committee voted 26 to zero to approve President Biden's historic choice of the first woman Treasury Secretary, CQ Roll Call's Doug …

CQ Future: COVID-19 aid

January 22nd, 2021


Democrats have a trick up their sleeve and are planning a budget blitz. CQ Roll Call’s Shawn Zeller speaks to budget reporter Paul Krawzak on how …

Political Theater's The Transition: The ‘Against all odds’ inauguration

January 20th, 2021


The presidency of Donald Trump is over. The presidency of Joe Biden has started. The inauguration happened -- against all odds, is how one staffer …

Immigration: Biden renounces Trump administration's policies

January 20th, 2021


On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will sign a number of executive orders on immigration, many of which roll back the very restrictive …

Transportation: Mayor Pete comes to Washington

January 20th, 2021


The president's secretary of Transportation pick, Pete Buttigieg, on Thursday faces a panel of senators eager to hear how he hopes to improve U.S. infrastructure and reinvigorate a transportation system that has been …

Transportation: Rolling back Trump policies

January 20th, 2021


President Joe Biden essentially declared a cease-fire in the Trump administration's war with California, ordering his administration to review two …

Congress: Trade groups and political risk

January 19th, 2021


The insurrection on January 6 against Congress has many companies rethinking corporate PACS. CQ Roll Call's Kate Ackley reports on the latest changes …

Political Theater's The Transition: A new chapter for ‘America's Big Day’

January 19th, 2021


Presidential inauguration historian Jim Bendat discusses the unprecedented preparations of Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, from the unnerving amount of security in the wake of the Jan. 6th …

Budget deep dive: The Biden administration goes big on COVID-19 relief

January 19th, 2021


The Biden administration has put forth a $1.9 trillion proposal for COVID-19 relief. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down what …

Fintech Beat: Coinbase and race

January 19th, 2021


Fintech Beat welcomes Paul Butler, Cleve Mesidor, Kathryn Judge, and Robert Greenfield to talk about Coinbase, its controversial policies on race and …

Political Theater's The Transition: Where do we go from here?

January 15th, 2021


As Washington gears up to host the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States next week, the country is on edge. After the January 6 …

Political Theater's The Transition: The ‘Who’s on First’ impeachment trial

January 14th, 2021


As the baseball and life philosopher Yogi Berra said: It’s like déjà vu all over again! Why? Because it’s January and we’re preparing for an …

Health: Biden's health policy plans

January 14th, 2021


President-elect Joe Biden's incoming health care team is likely to use executive actions and the regulatory process to roll back Trump administration …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: "White Rage"

January 14th, 2021


In Carol Anderson's book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,” she reframes the conversation about race, methodically chronicling …

Political Theater's The Transition: Chaos and mistrust on Capitol Hill

January 12th, 2021


We are learning more about what law enforcement knew before the insurrection at the Capitol last week and it’s not a pretty picture.

The Washington …

CQ Budget: How does budget reconciliation work?

January 12th, 2021


With slim majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are likely going to rely heavily on budget reconciliation to pass major legislation. What is …

Political Theater's The Transition: Congress in turmoil

January 12th, 2021


With less than 10 days before Joe Biden gets sworn in as president, Congress is reeling from the assault on the Capitol and what it will mean to …

Fintech Beat: Making fintech flourish

January 12th, 2021


Emmalyn Shaw, the Managing Partner at Flourish, the socially-minded VC fund founded by Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar, joins the podcast to talk fintech in our latest investor interview with Amias Gerety.

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CQ Future: The office

January 11th, 2021


When the pandemic finally ends it is hard to imagine what going to the office will mean.  Employers will be hard pressed to eliminate the flexibility that their workers have grown accustomed to. Is this the end of …

Political Theater's The Transition: President Trump's death rattle

January 8th, 2021


If anyone thought 2021 would come in like a lamb this week's events prove otherwise. Insurrection, treason, 25th amendment are all terms being tossed …

Political Theater's The Transition: Doing the job under duress

January 7th, 2021


The shock of the violent overrunning of the U.S. Capitol this week featured a lot of people knuckling down, thinking on their feet and doing their …

Budget: What Congress hopes to do now that the Democrats hold the majority

January 7th, 2021


The chances of passing budgetary priorities increases with Democrats at the helm of both chambers. CQ Roll Call's budget tracker David Lerman reports …

Health: What to expect in health policy from 117th Congress

January 7th, 2021


Now that Democrats will have a slim majority in both chambers, CQ Roll Call's Mary Ellen McIntire unpacks what this means for health policy.

Learn …

Political Theater's The Transition: Get ready for the hump day from hell

January 5th, 2021


Wednesday's joint session of Congress will be a long, potentially tortuous affair to count the Electoral College votes that certify Joe Biden's win …

Budget deep dive: New House rules loosen fiscal restraints

January 5th, 2021


The House adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress on Monday. The rules remove fiscal constraints on deficit-increasing legislation as long …

Political Theater's The Transition: Meet the new Congress, more weird than the old Congress

January 4th, 2021


The 117th Congress is under way, and it is already weird. A time usually filled with ceremony, celebration and at least a faint trace of optimism is clouded over by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectacle …

Political Theater: The year we will never forget

December 30th, 2020


While many of us might want to put 2020 in the rear view mirror, CQ Roll Call's three award winning photographers documented the year that was from …

Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Faith and politics

December 23rd, 2020


The late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, known as America's pastor, was as world famous as the presidents who sought face time him. But after a friendship with Richard Nixon affected that image, Graham backed away from …

Military construction - VA: Top issues in the spending bills

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Mark Satter breaks …

State and foreign operations: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


 Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Rachel Oswald …

Tech: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


 Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Dean DeChiaro …

Budget deep dive: Congress clears omnibus spending package with coronavirus relief

December 22nd, 2020


CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss the $1.4 trillion spending package, breaking down what’s in it and where the $900 billion in …

Labor: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Jim Saksa breaks …

HUD: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Jim Saksa breaks …

Transportation: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Jessica Wehrman …

Environment: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Joseph Morton …

Agriculture: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


 Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Ellyn Ferguson …

Energy: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Ben Hulac breaks …

Immigration: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


 Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Camila DeChalus …

Appropriations: Top issues with the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Jenn Shutt breaks …

Health and Human Services: Top issues in the spending bill

December 22nd, 2020


Congress has passed the fiscal year 2021 spending bill to fund the federal government through September next year. CQ Roll Call’s Mary Ellen McIntire …

Fintech Beat: Fintech’s futures past

December 22nd, 2020


Fintech Beat sits down with Matt Harris, partner at Bain Capital Venture, to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated trends of automation and fintech adoption, and what it means for the future of fintech.

Learn …

Budget: What's in the deal?

December 21st, 2020


It has been months in the making but Congress finally compromised and agreed to a COVID-aid package. CQ Roll Call's budget tracker David Lehrman …

Political Theater's The Transition: A showdown over Federal Reserve powers stalls COVID aid deal

December 18th, 2020


We're looking at a dispute that is threatening the delicate coronavirus relief bill negotiations that are also tied to a Friday at midnight government funding deadline. The GOP wants to limit Federal Reserve lending …

CQ Future: Working mothers

December 18th, 2020


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's former policy planning director Anne-Marie Slaughter shocked the world when she quit her high-powered job and …

Political Theater's The Transition: Trump's norm-busting. Let us count the ways

December 16th, 2020


Among the accomplishments of President Donald Trump is a crash-course in civics that showed the public that a lot of government business and transparency happens because of good will and cooperation, not statute. In the …

Political Theater's The Transition: Sorry, but 2020's political drama will be leaking into 2021

December 15th, 2020


With the Electoral College certifying Joe Biden’s victory, and Senate Republicans acknowledging that fact, is the presidential race finally over? Not …

Health: Another COVID-19 vaccine looks like it's on the way

December 15th, 2020


Public documents released Tuesday show the efficacy of a vaccine produced by Moderna. If approved this week by the FDA another wave of COVID-19 …

Budget deep dive: Will COVID-19 aid be contained in the government spending package?

December 15th, 2020


Lawmakers are close to releasing text on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package which keep the government funded for the next year. But despite hope that COVID-19 relief might be a part of the spending package, key …

Fintech Beat: All you need to know about Ant Group (and its cancelled IPO)

December 15th, 2020


Hong Kong University professor Douglas Arner joins the Fintech Beat podcast to talk about the origins of Ant Group, its regulatory shortcomings in …

Political Theater's The Transition: Will White House officials and Congress be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

December 14th, 2020


We're delving into why White House officials and members of Congress may be at the head of the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine. CQ Roll Call's Niels …

Budget: Congress is close to a $1.4 trillion government funding package

December 14th, 2020


Both the House and Senate are close to an agreement on an omnibus package to fund the government for the remaining fiscal year and could file text as …

CQ Future: Free speech

December 11th, 2020


The pandemic and political divisions have revealed the cracks in this country and those who are falling through them. Along the fault lines of …

Political Theater's The Transition: The bureaucrats are back

December 10th, 2020


President Donald Trump loved to hate the swamp, or official Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is bringing a different approach by bringing on a group of no-drama experienced government hands to run the executive …

Transportation: How the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed

December 10th, 2020


UPS and Federal Express have been tapped to handle the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine calling into question whether passenger airlines -- that have received government funds and have been preparing for months -- …

Health: Biden's stance on abortion and LGBTQ rights

December 9th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden will have very different health policies than his predecssor especially when it comes to abortion and LGBTQ. CQ Roll Call's …

Political Theater's The Transition: Biden finds you can't please all the people all the time

December 8th, 2020


The incoming Biden administration continues to come into focus. The president-elect's nomination of retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be Defense …

Immigration: Taxpayer dollars wasted

December 8th, 2020


The Department of Health and Human Services gave more than $32 million to private companies to open shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children - that never got built, according to a new report by a Senate Homeland …

Budget deep dive: Bumps in the road for $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 aid deal

December 8th, 2020


The $908 billion bipartisan plan for COVID-19 aid, which left many optimistic of a deal last week, is now being held up again over the fine print. Among the chief concerns for both parties are liability protections for …

Fintech Beat: What’s digital “infrastructure”?

December 8th, 2020


Amias Gerety co-hosts Fintech Beat to interview Tricia Kemp, one of the country's most successful venture capitalists, to unbundle just what digital …

Political Theater's The Transition: Let's make a deal

December 7th, 2020


In this episode of Political Theater's The Transition, Congress is still in a tug of war over a possible COVID aid package. CQ Roll Call's David …

Congress: Why lawmakers are struggling to pass a COVID aid package

December 7th, 2020


The momentum built on Capitol Hill last week for another bill to provide coronavirus relief could turn out to be a mirage. Part of the problem, as CQ …

Political Theater's The Transition: Congress is racing to finish must-pass bills before the New Year

December 4th, 2020


As the holiday season is upon us, so too is a time honored tradition. Congress working at the last minute to shore up must-pass bills. CQ Roll Call's …

Health: A bill to legalize marijuana passes the House

December 4th, 2020


The House took a symbolic swipe at the 1970s war on drugs and passed a bill on Friday to legalize marijuana. It is unlikely to pass the …

CQ Future: Democratic party

December 4th, 2020


It's no secret that in the corridors of power there is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party. While Joe Biden won the presidency, there …

Budget: Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Ct, wins powerful appropriations gavel

December 3rd, 2020


After a year of jockeying, Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., bested two other lawmakers Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, chairwoman of the Energy-Water subcommittee, …

Equal Time: Breaking the "pale and male" barrier

December 3rd, 2020


Former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley has usually been the only U.S. African American, female diplomat in the room. It's a reflection, she tells Mary C. Curtis, of how few Black women — or women in general — are …

Health: "The most difficult time in the public health history of this nation"

December 2nd, 2020


CDC Director Robert Redfield says that this winter will be the worst time this nation has ever seen when it comes to public health. CQ Roll Call's …

Political Theater's The Transition: Inauguration 2021 -- It could get weird

December 2nd, 2020


Jim Bendat has literally written the book on our Inauguration Day traditions and history. And one thing he is pretty confident of predicting: between Donald Trump's propensity for antics and the ongoing pandemic, the …

Defense: President Trump threatens -- again -- to veto NDAA

December 2nd, 2020


The National Defense Authorization Act has become a political football. President Trump has threatened twice to veto this important bill -- once over …

Political Theater's The Transition: Congress begins decorating its end-of-year legislative tree

December 1st, 2020


Congress is very good at putting off its most important business until the end of the year. The current spending measure funding the government expires on December 11. And with the economy starting to show signs of …

Budget deep dive: Nominee for White House OMB, Neera Tanden, comes under fire by GOP

December 1st, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden has selected Neera Tanden to be White House budget director. She would be the first woman of color to oversee the Office of …

Health: What to expect once COVID-19 vaccine gets approved

November 30th, 2020


The Trump administration says a vaccine will be ready to distribute within 24 hours of the Food and Drug Administration giving the green light. CQ …

Political Theater's The Transition: Joe Biden and the Dare to be Dull approach to governing

November 24th, 2020


The first full official day of the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration featured President-elect Joe Biden …

Budget deep dive: Democrats eager to revive earmarks

November 24th, 2020


House Democrats are planning on bringing back earmarks at the start of the next Congress. What does that mean for the appropriations process? CQ Roll …

Fintech Beat: The outsider

November 24th, 2020


Adeyemi Ajao talks about how he started a $100 million company from a dorm room in Spain, and shares his views on Silicon Valley, being a Black venture capitalist, and the immigrant experience in tech.

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Health: The latest on COVID-19 vaccines

November 23rd, 2020


There is a lot of promising news coming out about vaccines to fight COVID-19 but it is hard to keep track of when these potential shots will be …

Political Theater's The Transition: It's been a long week

November 20th, 2020


We're delving into President Donald Trump's latest moves to block President-elect Biden from moving forward, why foreign policy towards Europe may be …

Budget: Something may be better than nothing

November 20th, 2020


Congress left for Thanksgiving without coming up with a deal for a COVID-19 aid package. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told CQ Roll Call that a …

Political Theater's The Transition: Trump team briefs senators on Operation Warp Speed, but not Biden team

November 19th, 2020


With a COVID-19 vaccine in sight, it's more important than ever the Trump administration and the team of President-elect Joe Biden coordinate on the pandemic. But that's not happening. Sen. Chris Murphy discusses how …

Health: How soon could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

November 19th, 2020


There has been good news in recent days about the progress of vaccines to combat the coronavirus. But as CQ Roll Call's Emily Kopp reports, there is …

Equal Time: Majority Whip James E. Clyburn - "The pursuit of a more perfect union"

November 19th, 2020


In this episode of Equal Time, Mary C. Curtis speaks with Democratic Rep. James E. Clyburn, the majority whip, about his role in President-elect Joe …

Budget: Top Republicans say White House is on board with a year-end omnibus

November 18th, 2020


The White House has signaled to top GOP leaders in Congress that it will agree to a year-end omnibus. This contradicts what President Donald Trump …

Aviation: FAA rescinds ban on Boeing's 738 Max

November 18th, 2020


Boeing's 738 Max has been okayed to fly again. CQ Roll Call's Jessica Wehrman reports on this and other aviation news.

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Health: President-elect Biden listens to frontline health workers

November 18th, 2020


Lack of COVID-19 tests and a shortage of PPE still plague frontline health workers according to a roundtable discussion with President-elect Joe …

Political Theater's The Transition: The ‘traffic jam’ gets worse every day that Trump delays

November 18th, 2020


David Marchick, director of Center for Presidential Transition, has a traffic report for us: If the Trump administration doesn’t start doing its part …

Political Theater's The Transition: Richmond is Biden's gain and Congress' loss

November 17th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden has poached the first member of Congress for his administration — Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond. The lawmaker will become a senior adviser to the president and director of the White House …

Aviation: A big day for Boeing

November 17th, 2020


The House this week is scheduled to take up a bill revamping how the FAA certifies aircraft, and the Senate Commerce Committee will mark up its …

Tech: Is it time for social media platforms to be legally responsible for their content?

November 17th, 2020


Big Tech — including Facebook and Twitter — are in Congress' crosshairs. Many lawmakers say that these companies should no longer be shielded by a …

Budget deep dive: COVID-19 relief and omnibus spending bill face long odds

November 17th, 2020


The odds are seemingly against a robust COVID-19 relief package and omnibus appropriations bill passing during the lame-duck session. What does this …

Fintech Beat: Fintech's free will

November 17th, 2020


Jenny Xia Spradling, the co-founder of Free Will, recounts her journey, why she walked away from her first startup, and how her new big venture has enabled over $1 billion of donations to nonprofits

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Political Theater's The Transition: "More people may die"

November 17th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden says that "more people may die" if President Donald Trump doesn't soon share what the current plans are to combat COVID-19 and distribute vaccines. Also, a first look at who may be named to be …

Immigration: Some Trump immigration policies are in peril

November 16th, 2020


A federal judge over the weekend ruled that acting Homeland Secretary chief Chad Wolf was improperly installed so lacked the authority to block new …

Health: Big strides on vaccines to fight COVID-19

November 16th, 2020


A second company Moderna, follows in Pfizer's footsteps and announces that its vaccine trials to fight the coronavirus were over 94 percent …

Health: Why abortion and religious liberty cases could soon appear before SCOTUS

November 16th, 2020


Legal experts argue that the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court increases the likelihood that the justices could choose to …

Budget: 5 reasons why Congress will likely punt on spending and most COVID aid

November 16th, 2020


Paul M. Krawzak reports on the likelihood of appropriations funding and more COVID-19 relief legislation during the lame-duck session set to begin …

Congress: A new balance of power

November 13th, 2020


Democrats will still have a majority in the House in 117th Congress. But, as CQ's Shawn Zeller reports, the margin is narrower and that will spur new issues.

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CQ Future: The national debt

November 13th, 2020


Debt. What debt? Conventional wisdom in Washington used to be — bring down the national deficit in order to ensure a healthy economy. CQ Roll Call's …

Political Theater's The Transition: Trump's post-election moves spark anxiety

November 12th, 2020


In a little over a week, President Donald Trump has launched legal action to try to counter election results, fired the Secretary of Defense Mark …

Political Theater's The Transition: Congress isn't putting its own transition on hold

November 11th, 2020


President Donald Trump might be holding off on his participation in the transition process, but Congress is not. New members report to Capitol Hill …

Political Theater's The Transition: Was Election Day really a week ago?

November 10th, 2020


We're looking at the fallout from the Trump administration fueling the myth that the president didn't lose the election. President-elect Joe Biden and his team can't get national security briefings, or funds usually …

Health: Biden speaks out strongly in support of the Affordable Care Act

November 10th, 2020


With the fate of the ACA --or Obamacare -- before the Supreme Court, the president-elect signaled his support for it. CQ Roll Call's Mary Ellen …

Defense: A $696 billion piece of spending legislation proposed in Senate

November 10th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's John Donnelly breaks down what is -- and isn't -- contained in the Senate's ask for defense spending in this fiscal year 2021 …

Health: Latest spending bill would boost NIH

November 10th, 2020


Appropriators proposed an additional $1.9 billion in funding in this year's Health portion of the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. CQ Roll Call's …

Transportation: Latest spending bill on par with last year's amount

November 10th, 2020


The Senate appropriations bill for Transportation released Tuesday does not include monies aimed at harm from the pandemic. CQ Roll Call's Jessica …

Budget deep dive: How the transition of power may affect spending

November 10th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden is beginning his transition into the White House, but President Trump continues to contest the outcome of the election, threatening legal action in key states that have been called for Biden. …

Political Theater's The Transition: The Biden team wastes no time

November 9th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden launches his transition with a marquee roster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We also look at what is likely to happen to …

Defense: Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

November 9th, 2020


In the stroke of a tweet, President Donald Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday. CQ Roll Call's John Donnelly explains what comes …

Political Theater's The Transition: The tipping point

November 6th, 2020


At the time of this recording, five states have still not been called in the presidential election, with former Vice President Joe Biden leading in three of them. Then there is the Senate. With two runoff elections set …

Executive Branch: With a country divided, what will follow?

November 6th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller takes a look at what the near future holds for governing as the country's schisms were revealed this week.

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Political Theater's The Transition: Release the Trump campaign lawsuits!

November 5th, 2020


The country is on edge as battleground states continue their vote count in the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden for the presidency. But that has not stopped Trump’s campaign from filing several lawsuits in hopes …

Equal Time: In North Carolina, red and blue don't make purple

November 5th, 2020


North Carolina is a true political battleground and Charlotte has had challenges that echo those of many big American cities — protests and debates …

Health: How health care ballot measures fared on election night

November 4th, 2020


Health policy was on the ballot in 32 states on Tuesday. CQ Roll Call's Sandhya Raman breaks down the big ticket measures and what passed where.

Political Theater: The 2020 election is a story that just won't end

November 4th, 2020


If you like tidy stories, then 2020 is not for you. As election officials continue counting votes for the presidency and Senate and House races, it's …

Budget deep dive: How will a strong showing from Republicans this election affect the budget process?

November 4th, 2020


While votes are still being counted in close races, Democrats are beginning to grapple with the likelihood of a narrow House majority and continued …

Demographics: The Latino vote

November 4th, 2020


In the 2020 presidential election, the AP has called Florida for Trump and Arizona for Biden. These results signal that Latinos are far from a …

Legal: Will the outcome of the presidential election move from the ballot box to the courtroom?

November 4th, 2020


With the winner of the 2020 presidential election still unfolding, there are ingredients for some of the tighter contests to be challenged. CQ Roll …

Tech: FBI investigating robocalls telling voters to stay home

November 3rd, 2020


National and cybersecurity officials are on alert as Election Day unfolds. CQ Roll Call's Gopal Ratnam reports that the FBI is investigating …

Defense: Will all military votes be counted?

November 3rd, 2020


In a few swing states, some military voters whose ballots might make a difference in the outcome could be disenfranchised by tight mail-in deadlines. …

Tech: Top cybersecurity and national security officials are monitoring presidential election

November 3rd, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Gopal Ratnam reports that intelligence officials are on alert for any interference or potential cyber attacks to compromise the …

Legal: An army of lawyers are watching out for voter intimidation tactics on November 3

November 2nd, 2020


CQ Roll Call's legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger reports on how lawyers across the country are preparing to counteract the possibility of voter …

Health: President Trump's touting of military involvement in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine could backfire

November 2nd, 2020


President Trump has often touted the role of the military in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, but in recent days health officials close to the …

Fintech Beat: Brex founder and co-CEO Henrique DuBugras co-hosts Fintech Beat to discuss regulatory diversity

November 2nd, 2020


Henrique DuBugras, the founder and co-CEO of Brex, the multibillion dollar payments company, jumps on the show as Fintech Beat’s first co-host and …

Special Report: How one man's death reveals the flaws of the Trump administration's immigration policy

November 2nd, 2020


President Donald Trump was elected to office nearly four years ago on promises of shutting out immigrants. He has largely delivered. And while pros and cons of his administration's approach are hashed out in partisan …

CQ Future: The presidency

October 30th, 2020


President Donald J. Trump's time in the oval office has been unlike any of his predecessors, where he has broken many conventions. CQ Roll Call's …

Health: No more secret negotiated rates

October 29th, 2020


The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule requiring health plans to publicize detailed pricing information that includes secret …

Political Theater: Worst case scenarios for the election

October 29th, 2020


The 2020 Election is “rounding the corner” — sorry, I could not resist — but here we are, just a few days out from Nov. 3, which means that it’s …

Tech: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg goes to Washington

October 28th, 2020


Silicon Valley's prized law Section 230 which guides how Big Tech can place content on its platforms is under fire in Congress. Big Tech leaders including Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg come under …

Legal: What are the election challenges before the Supreme Court?

October 27th, 2020


With a week to go before Election Day, there are a number of cases before the Supreme Court that deal with voting. CQ Roll Call's Todd Ruger looks at …

Budget deep dive: How the election may impact the spending process

October 27th, 2020


CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt explain the various ways the election outcomes could impact the appropriations process during the lame …

Fintech Beat: How Switzerland will regulate Libra

October 27th, 2020


Mark Branson, the top regulator in Switzerland, explains how Libra came to be based in the country, and how he intends to regulate the cryptocurrency.

Health: Rapid COVID-19 tests from White House may help schools open

October 27th, 2020


States are beginning to receive rapid antigen tests from the White House and are trying to figure out the best ways to incorporate COVID-19 testing …

Election special: Financial policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Jim Saksa looks ahead at the top financial services and financial technology policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

Election special: Environmental and energy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Benjamin J. Hulac looks ahead at the top environmental and energy policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Agriculture and trade issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Ellyn Ferguson looks ahead at the top agricultural and trade policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Budget policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Paul M. Krawzak looks ahead at the top fiscal policy and budget concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Immigration and border security issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Camila DeChalus looks ahead at the top immigration and border security policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

Election special: Lobbying issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Kate Ackley looks ahead at the top lobbying and campaign finance concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Health policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Mary Ellen McIntire looks ahead at the top health policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Transportation policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Jessica Wehrman looks ahead at the top transportation and infrastructure policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

Election special: Spending policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's David Lerman looks ahead at the top spending policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Foreign policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Rachel Oswald looks ahead at the top foreign policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Defense policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's John M. Donnelly looks ahead at the top defense and national security policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Election special: Tech policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Dean DeChiaro looks ahead at the top technology policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins

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Election special: Tax policy issues for the next administration

October 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Doug Sword looks ahead at the top tax policy concerns for whichever presidential candidate wins.

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Congress: Surprising data on how senators voted with Trump's policies

October 23rd, 2020


Conventional wisdom might suggest that GOP senators should run away from an unpopular president like Donald Trump. But as Shawn Zeller explains, CQ …

Tech: Election security claims made by John Ratcliffe head of National Intelligence called into question

October 22nd, 2020


John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, in a hastily assembled news conference late Wednesday, said that Iran and Russia had managed to steal voter registration information and were targeting voters, …

Equal Time: “Republicans often racialize poverty. Democrats often run from poverty.”

October 22nd, 2020


MacArthur “genius” grantee, founder of Repairers of the Breach, and organizer of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Rev. William J Barber II has made eradicating poverty his life's work. He …

Tech: Google sued by DOJ and 11 states in landmark case

October 20th, 2020


This is the biggest lawsuit against any technology company since 1998 when an antitrust lawsuit was filed against Microsoft. CQ Roll Call's Dean …

Health: COVID-19 vaccine research may not be diverse in age or race

October 20th, 2020


Clinical trials for COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines are well under way and some drugs are already being given tentative approvals, with a vaccine …

Fintech Beat: How Mpesa has transformed the world

October 20th, 2020


Patrick Njoroge, the Governor of the Central Bank at Kenya, speaks with Chris Brummer at DC Fintech Week 2020 to discuss how Mpesa, one of the …

Transportation: Did the White House intervene in the cruise lines' ability to stay afloat?

October 20th, 2020


The cruise industry, shut out of federal COVID-19 aid and ordered not to sail through Oct. 31, is now the subject of even more scrutiny. Democratic lawmaker Sean Maloney wants to know if the Trump administration …

Budget deep dive: Pre-election deadline looms for coronavirus aid deal

October 20th, 2020


Congressional leaders and the White House must reach agreement on a coronavirus aid deal Tuesday if they want it to become law before Election Day. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still …

Census: The case to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted

October 19th, 2020


The Trump Administration has scheduled a court case in front of the Supreme Court for November 30th to rule on whether the government can exclude …

Economy: FDIC survey results on the number of unbanked Americans

October 19th, 2020


The FDIC released survey results on the number of unbanked Americans -- a measure that determines poverty levels. While the numbers in it are …

Health: What's next for long-term care facilities?

October 16th, 2020


Nursing homes have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. This may be a moment for government to recalibrate and make much needed improvements. …

Health: Marijuana is on the ballot in five states

October 16th, 2020


Marijuana is on the ballot on Nov. 3 in several red and blue states alike. CQ Roll Call's Emily Kopp discusses why these initiatives are important to …

Congress: How Congress can lower the temperature on the Supreme Court

October 16th, 2020


There has been lots of talk about packing the Supreme Court if the Democrats win the presidency. But CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller lays out the case on …

CQ Future: Unions

October 16th, 2020


For the last half century the GOP party platform has been to destroy labor, not save it. Now comes conservative Oren Cass who advised Sen. Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns. He has caught the attention of many …

Taxes: What would Biden's tax proposal mean for America?

October 15th, 2020


If former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency, taxes will likely increase for the top 1 percent of American taxpayers. Doug Sword takes a look at what the candidate is proposing.

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Immigration: Detainees placed in solitary confinement

October 14th, 2020


Newly unsealed documents reveal that a private immigration detention firm placed detainees in solitary confinement for failing to volunteer for …

Immigration: DHS misuses funds to round up migrants bound for the U.S.

October 14th, 2020


Department of Homeland Security agents in Guatemala misused State Department funds to rent unmarked vans and round up hundreds of U.S.-bound migrants and send them to Honduras. Camila DeChalus reports on this finding by …

Budget deep dive: Republicans and Trump at odds over coronavirus relief

October 13th, 2020


President Donald Trump and GOP leaders are at odds over how much COVID-19 aid the government should spend with Trump saying he wants negotiators to …

Fintech Beat: The Fed, fintech, and corporate bond markets

October 13th, 2020


Chris White, the CEO of Bondcliq, explains why the Fed's attempts to save the economy through corporate debt purchases needs an upgrade, starting with the bond market itself.

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Health: The COVID vaccine furthest along may face a storage shortage

October 13th, 2020


The Trump administration is leaving it up to states to locate medical grade deep freezers capable of storing Pfizer's vaccine, Emily Kopp reports. Medical supply chain experts describe them as "unicorns."

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Tech: The three biggest threats to election security

October 12th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Gopal Ratnam has more on what's keeping election security experts up at night.

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Political Theater: The odd, hybrid world of the vice presidency

October 8th, 2020


The vice presidency is a strange office, a hybrid of both the executive branch and the legislative branch, someone who breaks ties on Senate votes and can preside over the counting of his own electoral votes in a joint …

Health: How different are the presidential candidates' plans to fight COVID?

October 8th, 2020


We compare the similarities and differences in the Trump administration's plan to fight COVID versus Joe Biden's plan. CQ Roll Call reporter Andrew …

Equal Time: Joe Biden, Clarence Thomas, and Amy Coney Barrett with Angela Wright

October 8th, 2020


It is not everyday that one person has a relationship to so many of the day's main news stories but Angela Wright has touched history as the woman not called to support Anita Hill when she testified before the Senate …

Tech: Department of Homeland Security issues its first-ever annual threat assessment

October 7th, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call Policy Brief, Gopal Ratnam who covers tech policy discusses key findings of the first-ever annual threat assessment put out by …

Coronavirus Special Report: President Trump ends talks with Democrats on a new stimulus bill

October 6th, 2020


In tonight's episode, CQ Roll Call delves into the President's latest move to declare an end to all talks about a stimulus package until after the …

Health: COVID-19 strains Medicaid coffers

October 6th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's health reporter Sandhya Raman talks about the financial strain Medicaid is under. Some states are uncertain about where money will …

Fintech Beat: Fundbox's big payback

October 6th, 2020


Prashant Fuloria, the CEO of Fundbox, explains how the upstart fintech spent $100 million on data modeling, and avoided the worst of the …

Budget deep dive: Could we see the return of earmarks?

October 6th, 2020


After years of scandal, Congress banned earmarks in 2011. But growing bipartisan support for congressionally directed spending could could lead to a …

Defense: Disinformation may rise with Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis

October 5th, 2020


CQ Roll Call defense reporter John Donnelly examines the latest threat the military is worried about: Disinformation. US adversaries could seize on …

Transportation: Sen. Duckworth's efforts to get lactation booths in airports pays off

October 5th, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call Policy Brief, transportation reporter Jessica Wehrman explains how Sen. Tammy Duckworth was able to get a bill passed that …

Congress: Can power shift back from the Executive branch to lawmakers?

October 5th, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call's Policy Brief, Shawn Zeller examines how Congress has been stripped of power in favor of the White House and what a new …

CQ Future: Cities

October 2nd, 2020


People can work anywhere now, so why stay in cramped apartments? But the more people flee urban areas due to the coronavirus pandemic, the harder it will be to revive local economies since much-needed income is leaving …

Environment: A bipartisan bill to help the environment passes in the House

October 1st, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call Policy Brief, environment reporter Ben Hulac talks about a rare bipartisan effort to pass a bill to help the environment.

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Coronavirus Special Report: COVID-19 relief talks between the House and White House stall

October 1st, 2020


In tonight's episode, we look at what were the stumbling blocks to passing the latest round of COVID-19 relief and why the last best chance to get a deal may have passed until after the elections. We also look at why …

Immigration: White House slashes the number of refugees allowed in

October 1st, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Camila DeChalus provides this brief on the administration's latest immigration policy to cap the number of refugees to 15,000 in the …

How this SCOTUS fight will be very different

October 1st, 2020


As if the 2020 presidential campaign wasn’t already tense enough, we now have a high-profile Supreme Court confirmation fight playing out in the Senate. But things will look and play out differently for the nominee, …

Health: A Congressional investigation shows how drug prices are really determined

September 30th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Andrew Siddons reports on an 18-month House Oversight investigation that shows the extent to which drugmakers try to extend the …

Transportation: House bill proposes tighter regulation for FAA and aircraft maker

September 29th, 2020


Bipartisan leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduce their first legislative response to an exhaustive 18-month investigation into how two Boeing 737 Max aircraft fell from the sky. CQ …

Budget deep dive: Democrats release new COVID-19 relief bill

September 29th, 2020


As part of a last-ditch effort to secure new COVID-19 aid before the presidential election, House Democrats released a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Monday night. But does it move the needle on COVID-19 …

How the EU is revolutionizing stablecoin (and crypto) oversight

September 29th, 2020


Peter Kerstens, the European Commission’s lead on digital finance policy and regulation, explains why—and how—the bloc's new crypto proposals are …

Health: Where is federal funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution?

September 28th, 2020


Some states say they have received no money for vaccine distribution, while other say they have received only a few million. What's next? CQ Roll …

Congress: Why haven't lawmakers passed more aid packages to help beat back COVID-19?

September 25th, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call policy brief, Shawn Zeller reveals the latest Capitol Insiders Survey of congressional staffers which offers a better …

Equal Time: Breonna Taylor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the future of our country with Fatima Goss Graves

September 24th, 2020


In this inaugural episode of CQ Roll Call's Equal Time, Mary C. Curtis reflects on this moment of time, examining the complexity and history of …

Special Report: Capitol Police disciplinary reports show pattern of misconduct

September 24th, 2020


CQ Roll Call reporter Chris Marquette reveals his explosive story on the Capitol Police on how court documents show a pattern of misconduct and …

SCOTUS fight scrambles Senate schedule, campaigns

September 23rd, 2020


We thought we were in the home stretch of the 2020 campaign season, with the primaries over and early voting beginning, and then on Sept. 18, another …

Health: FDA head pushes back against politics and says his agency will make the decisions about future vaccine approvals

September 23rd, 2020


Andrew Siddons offers why FDA head Stephen Hahn came out today stating that his agency will make all future decisions about approvals for COVID 19 vaccines.

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Defense: Is Elon Musk's SpaceX charging too much for spy satellites

September 23rd, 2020


After promising to be a cheaper alternative, SpaceX is poised to charge more — much more — at least for the first in a series of forthcoming spy …

Introducing "Equal Time"

September 23rd, 2020


Award-winning journalist Mary C. Curtis tackles policies and politics through the lens of social justice, illuminating the issues that have been, and …

Transportation: Democrats redefine infrastructure

September 23rd, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Jessica Wehrman looks at how the Democratic party has been redefining infrastructure so it includes climate change and not just …

Health: How RBG’s death will impact health policy

September 22nd, 2020


CQ Roll Call’s Mary Ellen McIntire unpacks what’s at stake for different health policies now that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing opens up a slot on …

Budget deep dive: House Democrats draft stopgap funding bill without Republican support

September 22nd, 2020


With only days remaining in the current fiscal year, congressional leaders are struggling to pass a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial …

The case for caution with central bank digital currencies

September 22nd, 2020


FT Alphaville editor Izabella Kaminska and Citi exec Tony McGlaughlin warn that central bank digital currencies could have unpleasant consequences …

Congress: Why Nancy Pelosi is playing chicken with GOP over virus relief

September 18th, 2020


In this CQ Roll Call Policy Brief, Shawn Zeller offers an analysis as to why House leader Nancy Pelosi is willing to play chicken with the GOP over …

Immigration: Will deportation flights lead to exporting COVID 19?

September 16th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Tanvi Misra reports on how a deportation flight to Somalia raises concern that the U.S. may be exporting the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Special Report: Pentagon, HHS will take the lead in distributing vaccine

September 16th, 2020


In today's Coronavirus Special Report, we delve into how the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense will play a key role in …

Transportation: 'Spectacular' regulatory failure and culture at Boeing led to 737 Max disasters

September 16th, 2020


A congressional report finds that a 'spectacular' regulatory failure by the Federal Aviation Committee, alongside Boeing's culture and focus on …

Health: States, health groups applaud withdrawal of Medicaid rule

September 15th, 2020


States and advocacy groups are applauding the Trump administration’s decision to pull back a proposed rule that could have had broad implications for …

Who should be an accredited investor?

September 15th, 2020


SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce joins the podcast to talk about artificial intelligence and capital markets for a live conversation at the HPC + AI Wall Street conference.

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Budget deep dive: Lawmakers navigate politics in tackling a stopgap funding measure

September 15th, 2020


Congress needs a continuing resolution to avoid a partial government shutdown next month. But how long should government operate on a stopgap? CQ …

Policy: The coronavirus is killing congressional productivity

September 11th, 2020


The stalemate on a new coronavirus relief package highlights an Autumn of legislative draws in the Capitol. Will Congress be able to get much done …

CQ Future: Congress

September 11th, 2020


With Congress at a virtual stalemate over a new round of aid to help Americans during COVID-19, we thought it was time to take a look at what is its future. Can Congress ever regain its stature as a governing body? We …

Coronavirus Special Report: Senate GOP 'skinny' relief bill fails

September 10th, 2020


In today’s episode, we look at why Senate Republicans weren’t able to pass a coronavirus relief bill, making the prospect of another rescue package before the presidential election in November unlikely. We also have the …

‘Surge’ part of ongoing surge in political documentaries

September 10th, 2020


If you ran for Congress in 2018, there was a pretty good chance you are part of a political documentary. First came “Knock Down the House,” which …

Budget: Can Republicans unite around “skinny” coronavirus relief bill?

September 9th, 2020


The GOP’s latest proposal for a coronavirus aid package is likely not to pass, but it may place just enough pressure on Democrats to force them to …

Budget: Senate Republicans beef up “skinny” coronavirus relief package

September 8th, 2020


Senate Republicans are proposing to beef up a “skinny” coronavirus relief package by more than 100 pages, including an enhanced deduction for charitable giving, $20 billion for farmers and ranchers and money for child …

Health: How have prescription drug prices trended over the last four years?

September 8th, 2020


Health care costs have been a contentious issue in Congress and the Trump administration. CQ Roll Call’s Andrew Siddons breaks down trends in …

CQ Roll Call Policy and Politics

September 8th, 2020


This is CQ Roll Call Policy and Politics, your one stop shop for all audio content from the CQ Roll Call newsroom.

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CQ Future: Travel

September 3rd, 2020


As Labor Day approaches, it got us wondering about the lasting impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on travel. We turned to Tori Emerson Barnes, …

Coronavirus Special Report: Should COVID-19 vaccines be free?

August 31st, 2020


In today’s episode we delve into the pricing of coronavirus vaccines. We will also examine how first responders have to battle natural disasters -- fires in California, hurricanes in Louisiana -- amid the COVID-19 …

Coronavirus Special Report: COVID-19 aid talks still stalled

August 27th, 2020


In tonight’s episode, CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman looks at how a phone call between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows …

CQ Future: Cash

August 21st, 2020


In this episode of CQ Future we muse about whether cash is a thing of the past. CQ Roll Call's Jim Saksa explains why dollars are out of vogue. And …

Coronavirus Special Report: Why the GOP is offering money to help the ailing Post Office

August 18th, 2020


In this episode of Coronavirus Special Report we delve into the U.S. Postal Service.

We discuss why the GOP is now proposing funds to bolster the …

CQ Future: Housing

August 14th, 2020


The moratorium on evictions expired at the end of July. As Congress left Washington DC without a new aid package, tens of millions of Americans are …

Coronavirus Special Report: Public health experts fear a surge in COVID-19 in the fall

August 11th, 2020


In today's episode, we have a report on why the fall may bring a surge of cases in the United States — even as it holds the dubious distinction of …

Budget deep dive: Trump forced through some COVID-19 relief. Now what?

August 11th, 2020


President Donald Trump signed a number of executive actions last weekend to provide some COVID-19 aid, including suspending payroll tax collection …

CQ Future: Voting

August 7th, 2020


In this episode of CQ Future we look at voting and the impact the pandemic will have on the 2020 elections. Election analyst Nathan Gonzales sits …

Coronavirus Special Report: NIH reveals new antibody drug trial to combat COVID-19

August 4th, 2020


In tonight’s episode, we delve into promising news on a drug trial from the National Institutes of Health, the power of unions, and a conversation …

Budget deep dive: COVID-19 relief talks progress slowly

August 4th, 2020


Trump administration officials and congressional leaders seem to be making some progress on the next COVID-19 relief bill following more than a week …

CQ Future: Restaurants

July 31st, 2020


Few industries have been hit harder by the pandemic than restaurants. In this episode, we turn to Andy Shallal, who was appointed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser to sit on a task force that looks at what the city …

Coronavirus Special Report: Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19

July 29th, 2020


In this episode, we explore the fallout on Capitol Hill from Texas Republican lawmaker Louie Gohmert's revelation that he has the coronavirus.

Learn …

Coronavirus Special Report: GOP lawmakers tuck billions of dollars for the defense industry into latest relief package

July 28th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we delve into what GOP lawmakers asked for in the next round of relief to ease the economic burden of the pandemic - billions were allocated for the defense industry, while transportation was left …

Budget deep dive: Senate Republicans release their COVID-19 relief bill. Is it enough?

July 28th, 2020


CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss the latest COVID-19 relief bill from Senate Republicans; breaking down its provisions, …

Coronavirus Special Report: COVID-19 bill talks stall within the GOP

July 23rd, 2020


In tonight's episode, Senate leaders have been working to release their version of the next COVID-19 relief bill, but talks fizzled after disagreements amongst members of the GOP over certain provisions, and the Wahite …

Coronavirus Special Report: Employees and businesses clash over liability protections

July 22nd, 2020


In tonight's episode, CQ Roll Call's Todd Ruger examines the rift between employees, who are exposed to the virus on the front lines, and the …

Coronavirus Special Report: Negotiations begin around next COVID-19 aid package

July 21st, 2020


In tonight's episode, CQ Roll Call's David Lerman breaks down the latest around talks between lawmakers on the next COVID-19 aid package. Later, Mary …

Coronavirus Special Report: Republicans meet with Trump to discuss COVID-19 aid

July 20th, 2020


In today’s episode, CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt breaks down what was discussed at a meeting between Republicans and President Donald Trump over the …

CQ Future: Telehealth

July 17th, 2020


In this edition of CQ Future, we address how the pandemic has pushed medicine and how its practiced into the future. Telehealth, where doctors visit …

Coronavirus Special Report: Democrats up their demands for next COVID-19 relief bill

July 16th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we look at how Democrats in Congress are making the push for far more aid than the $1 trillion price tag Republicans put forth for the next COVID-19 relief bill. Then, a look at how the airline …

Coronavirus Special Report: The debate over masks comes to Congress

July 15th, 2020


In tonight’s episode, we examine how a representative testing positive for the coronavirus has highlighted a split between Democrats and Republicans. Representative G.K. Butterfield, a member of the House Administration …

Coronavirus Special Report: Talks on next COVID-19 relief package heat up

July 14th, 2020


In tonight’s episode, CQ Roll Call’s Peter Cohn breaks down what’s being discussed by lawmakers for the next coronavirus relief package. We also dive …

Budget deep dive: What’s in the Labor-HHS-Education bill for fiscal 2021?

July 14th, 2020


CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss some of the key provisions in the fiscal 2021 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, including …

Coronavirus Special Report: Why would the Pentagon cut spending on chemical and biological protections during a pandemic?

July 13th, 2020


In this episode, CQ Roll Call’s John Donnelly examines an overlooked provision in the Pentagon’s proposed budget that would cut chemical and …

Coronavirus Special Report: What's on the table for another relief package

July 9th, 2020


In this episode, we look at what the Trump administration is considering for another relief package to help kick start the U.S. economy and how states are trying to make voting safe during the age of COVID-19.

Learn …

Coronavirus Special Report: How $14 million in relief funds wound up going to lawmakers and their families

July 8th, 2020


In today's episode, we look at how some lawmakers and their families were able to access $14 million in funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. …

Coronavirus Special Report: What will it take to get kids back to school?

July 7th, 2020


In this episode, we explore what back-to-school may look like, an impassioned plea for more money to protect frontline workers and surge testing.

Budget deep dive: Confederate statues, COVID-19, nuclear testing mark appropriations process

July 7th, 2020


House Democrats have unveiled fiscal 2021 spending bills that amount to an assault on the Trump administration's agenda. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman …

Coronavirus Special Report: A closer look at foreign aid appropriations to fight COVID-19

July 7th, 2020


In this edition of Coronavirus Special Report we examine how lawmakers through appropriations want to help the global battle against COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Special Report: Administration releases names of those who received funds under PPP

July 6th, 2020


As the pandemic continues its chokehold on the nation, lawmakers are furiously working on appropriations. We explore how lawmakers in the House are …

CQ Future: Housing

July 2nd, 2020


CQ Future takes a deep dive into the impact that the pandemic has had on housing. A conversation with Shamus Roller, executive director of National …

Coronavirus Special Report: Congress comes together over PPP

July 1st, 2020


In this episode of Coronavirus Special Report, CQ Roll Call's Jim Saksa explains how the Senate took the House by surprise and came together over PPP.

Coronavirus Special Report: "I'm very concerned. We are going in the wrong direction"

June 30th, 2020


In today’s episode we break down the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing that heard from America’s leading public health officials. The news about the pandemic is grim.

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Budget deep dive: COVID-19’s impact on Social Security and Medicare trust funds

June 30th, 2020


An economic recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic means a drop in payroll tax revenues that finance the Social Security and Medicare trust …

Coronavirus Special Report: COVID-19 prompts the House to push harder for health care coverage

June 29th, 2020


In today's episode, we look at how the pandemic is pushing lawmakers to reexamine health care policy, the backlash over pricing for drugmaker …

Coronavirus Special Report: Former DHS head Tom Ridge on secure voting and the pandemic

June 24th, 2020


In this episode, we bring you the latest on health policy news and why Tom Ridge, who is also a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, has …

Coronavirus Special Report: Mr. Fauci goes to Washington

June 23rd, 2020


In today’s episode we listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the star witness at a …

Budget deep dive: Breakdown in the Senate appropriations process

June 23rd, 2020


Partisan tensions over coronavirus aid and police brutality now threaten to derail the Senate appropriations process, while the House Appropriations …

The Future Of: Transportation

June 19th, 2020


In this new, occasional series, The Future Of, CQ Roll Call brings you a podcast that reimagines how policies will change because of COVID-19. In …

Coronavirus Special Report: Why contact tracing and masks matter

June 18th, 2020


In this episode, we delve into health care policy and some of the methods that public health officials say can help contain the coronavirus from …

Coronavirus Special Report: Unpacking the reality around COVID-19's rise and fall and rise

June 16th, 2020


In tonight's episode we delve into health policy. The White House is saying that the media is creating a false narrative of a second wave of …

Coronavirus Special Report: Hunger and housing insecurity are hitting minorities hard

June 15th, 2020


In today's episode, we examine the Food and Drug Administration's move to withdraw emergency approval for hydroxychloroquine. We also take a sobering look at new statistics that show the rate of hunger and housing …

Budget Deep Dive: Appropriators face busy summer following COVID-19 delays

June 15th, 2020


The annual appropriations process is starting later than normal this year due to coronavirus-related delays. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer …

Coronavirus Special Report: Pandemic politics

June 11th, 2020


In this episode of Coronavirus Special Report, politics is back in full view when it comes to the coronavirus and Capitol Hill. Political ads are …

Coronavirus Special Report: What the pandemic could mean for schools

June 10th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we look at how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin views the Paycheck Protection Program, what the pandemic could mean for …

One-on-one with Majority Whip James E. Clyburn

June 9th, 2020


In this inaugural episode for an occasional series on policies, social justice and Congress, CQ Roll Call sits down with House Majority Whip James E. …

Budget deep dive: Surprising jobs report could slow next coronavirus aid package

June 8th, 2020


A modest decline in unemployment last month gave Republicans fresh ammunition to slow the timing and scale back the size of the next relief package. …

The Future Of: Oversight

June 5th, 2020


In the next evolution of the Coronavirus Special Report, we are launching The Future Of, a podcast that reimagines how policies will change because …

Coronavirus Special Report: Disinformation spreading about COVID-19

June 4th, 2020


Tonight, we explore how disinformation about COVID-19 is spreading across social media, and what the tech companies who own these platforms and Congress are doing to mitigate it. Then, we explore the uptick in …

Coronavirus Special Report: COVID-19's disproportionate economic impact on minorities

June 3rd, 2020


Tonight, we have a report on the disproportionate economic impact the virus has had on minorities, the House’s proposal to fund transportation programs to the tune of nearly $500 billion, and the latest on the Paycheck …

Coronavirus Special Report: Will protests spike rates of COVID-19?

June 2nd, 2020


Tonight, we examine how protests across the country might bring about a spike in coronavirus infections. Then, we discuss why two senators have held up the PPP bill in the Senate.

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Budget deep dive: Disparity between police and fire departments over virus aid

June 2nd, 2020


Part of Congress’ $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed in March was to give aid to states and cities. Much of that money has gone to police …

Coronavirus Special Report: Protests erupt across the country during a pandemic

June 1st, 2020


Tonight, we have an interview from reporter Clyde McGrady with Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Ohio who was pepper sprayed during a protest in …

Coronavirus Special Report: Sen. Marsha Blackburn on China

May 29th, 2020


Already-strained relations between China and the U.S. have become even tenser during the coronavirus pandemic. CQ Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski sits …

Coronavirus Special Report: The House amends the Paycheck Protection Program

May 28th, 2020


In this episode we delve into why the House made some changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, how proxy voting is going and the latest on health …

Coronavirus Special Report: Mr. Cuomo goes to Washington

May 27th, 2020


In tonight's episode we look at the New York Governor's visit to DC, how swing states are among the hardest hit from the pandemic and the House's first attempt at proxy voting.

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Budget deep dive: The cost of of battling multiple disasters

May 27th, 2020


Emergency relief agencies, already stretched thin by the corornavirus, are bracing for above-average hurricane and wildfire seasons. CQ Roll Call’s …

Coronavirus Special Report: The battle in Congress over voting

May 26th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we cover a raging battle over whether lawmakers should vote by proxy and examine the bipartisan support for figuring out a way …

Coronavirus Special Report: What's next for the Paycheck Protection Program

May 21st, 2020


In tonight's episode, we examine the latest in the Paycheck Protection Program. Then, we look at how how some lawmakers are trying to prevent companies from being held liable if their employees contract coronavirus on …

Coronavirus Special Report: Artificial intelligence, the Pentagon and the pandemic

May 20th, 2020


Tonight, we have an interview with Lt. Gen. John Shanahan, director of the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He discusses why AI is critical and how it can help fight the pandemic. He also reflects on the …

Coronavirus Special Report: Breaking down the fiscal policy czars' Hill testimony

May 19th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we examine the political motivations behind President Donald Trump’s visit to Congress. Then, we look at what the Treasury …

Coronavirus Special Report: Del. Stacey Plaskett

May 18th, 2020


In today's podcast, we delve into food security — and insecurity — with Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., who sits on the House Agriculture Committee. …

Budget deep dive: The House passed a $3 trillion aid package. Now what?

May 18th, 2020


The House narrowly passed a $3 trillion aid package late Friday, but Senate Republicans are already calling it dead on arrival. CQ Roll Call’s David …

Coronavirus Special Report: Congress debates two important issues

May 15th, 2020


Today Congress meets to vote on two important issues -- a $3 trillion recovery package and voting by proxy. We have the latest.

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Coronavirus Special Report: '2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history'

May 14th, 2020


Tonight we delve into the HHS whistleblower’s testimony to Congress, a senator who is accused of benefiting financially from intelligence briefings on COVID-19 and a first-responder system developed after 9/11 that is …

Coronavirus Special Report: Democrats barrel toward remote voting rules change; and why body bags matter

May 13th, 2020


We talk about the proposed voting rules changes that could become a reality in the House this week to continue to legislate during the pandemic. …

Budget deep dive: Analyzing the next relief bill before Congress

May 13th, 2020


In this budget-focused episode, we examine where House Democrats set the bar for the next coronavirus relief bill. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and …

Coronavirus Special Report: What public health officials are saying about testing, vaccines and reopening America

May 12th, 2020


In today's episode we highlight what the nation's leading public health officials told the Senate about the pandemic, including where we stand on …

Coronavirus Special Report: As virus surges in DC, questions swirl about readiness to reopen

May 11th, 2020


Tonight, health policy is in sharp focus. The West Wing has recently had two confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising questions about whether it is too …

Coronavirus Special Report: The fate of the US Postal Service hangs in the balance

May 8th, 2020


Tonight, we look at the devastating toll COVID-19 is having on the economy, budget and the Postal Service. We speak to Fredric Rolando, president of …

Coronavirus Special Report: What's next for the surplus of hydroxychloroquine?

May 7th, 2020


In tonight’s podcast, we delve into the latest in health policy news: What will states that purchased the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine do with …

Coronavirus Special Report: The pandemic's impact on health insurance and meat packers

May 6th, 2020


In tonight's episode, we dive into the debate in Congress over what a new aid package should contain and the impact of COVID-19 on different sectors …

Coronavirus Special Report: The Senate gets back to work

May 5th, 2020


In this episode, we explain the latest thinking from the administration about disbanding the coronavirus task force, and the Senate is busy again with hearings. We take you inside the room where it happened.

Learn more …

Coronavirus Special Report: A historic moment for the Supreme Court

May 4th, 2020


Tonight, we begin with a first at the Supreme Court: a live broadcast of oral arguments. Then, we move to the Pentagon and delve into how it might be rethinking national security due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Coronavirus Special Report: What's on the agenda when the Senate reconvenes?

April 30th, 2020


Tonight, we preview what's on the Senate's agenda when it reconvenes next week. Then, a look at how one Amazon plant — a hot spot for the coronavirus — is having profound implications for workers and the supply chain; …

Coronavirus Special Report: Sen. Chris Coons on why the Senate shouldn't return, meat packing facilities and hunger

April 29th, 2020


In this episode, Shawn Zeller speaks to Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware about why he believes senators should not reconvene in Washington …

Coronavirus Special Report: Will there be more direct payments to Americans?

April 28th, 2020


In tonight’s episode, we explore whether the federal government will issue more direct payments to Americans. We also talk about how Congress will …

Coronavirus Special Report: Questions surround distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine

April 27th, 2020


We’re zooming in on health policy tonight, including the White House’s plan to increase testing through mega-pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS …

Coronavirus Special Report: How one rural town in Georgia is coping with COVID-19

April 24th, 2020


Today, a conversation with CQ Roll Call's Clyde McGrady on his hometown — a small, predominantly African-American rural town in Georgia — and how …

Coronavirus Special Report: Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

April 23rd, 2020


As COVID-19 continues to batter the U.S. economy, CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski speaks to Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto about why …

Coronavirus Special Report: How counties around the nation are being decimated by COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020


Tonight, a look at the tug of war in Congress between lawmakers who want to vote remotely and those who insist the House reopen. Then, an examination of what is going on with oil and how the nation’s county coffers have …

Coronavirus Special Report: Unpacking the latest relief package

April 21st, 2020


Tonight, we examine the $483.4 billion relief package just passed by the Senate, intended to refill the coffers of small businesses and hospitals to provide for more testing. All eyes now move to the House. Also, CQ …

Coronavirus Special Report: Rep. Meeks on how small-business funds are missing minority communities

April 20th, 2020


Tonight, we speak to New York Democratic Rep. Gregory W. Meeks of South Queens — the epicenter of the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. He talks about the pending COVID-19 relief bill for small businesses and says not a …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/17

April 17th, 2020


Tonight, we take you inside the Capitol for what’s on lawmakers’ minds as the pandemic continues. We also look at the struggle to get more money to …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/16

April 16th, 2020


Tonight, we’re breaking down the president’s “Opening Up America Again” plan; we’ll also discuss what could be next for small businesses that still …

Coronavirus Special Report: Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Dusty Johnson

April 16th, 2020


Agriculture is the focus of this episode. Shawn Zeller speaks to GOP Reps. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota and Dusty Johnson of South Dakota about the …

Coronavirus Special Report: Sen. Marco Rubio

April 15th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Jim Saksa speaks with GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on what Congress' next steps should be to help small businesses during the …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/14

April 14th, 2020


Tonight: President Donald Trump spars with governors over who has the authority to reopen states. We also discuss how the closure of the Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota due to COVID-19 is threatening …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/13

April 13th, 2020


In tonight’s podcast, we tell you about the increased friction between the federal and state governments, how COVID-19 is causing the deficit to …

Coronavirus Special Report: Rep. Karen Bass

April 9th, 2020


Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass, D-Calif., talks about the disturbing trend of African Americans dying at a higher rate from …

Coronavirus Special Report: Sen. Ted Cruz

April 9th, 2020


A conversation with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on his thoughts on the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/8

April 8th, 2020


Tonight's podcast breaks down the next relief package, including what could be in the legislation, when it could be considered by Congress and any …

Coronavirus Special Report: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

April 7th, 2020


House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., talks about trying to secure more funds for small businesses, as well as what he will push for in another economic aid package. We also hear how President Donald Trump might …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/6

April 6th, 2020


Tonight's podcast puts a spotlight on why the U.S. health care system has been so fraught and how the supply chain is basically broken. We also talk …

Coronavirus Special Report: Exclusive with James Clyburn

April 3rd, 2020


We talk to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., about why there is a need for an oversight panel for the COVID-19 stimulus package and much …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/2

April 2nd, 2020


The pandemic is acting like a wrecking ball upon the U.S. economy, as a staggering 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed last week. We turn to CQ Budget Tracker David Lerman to discuss how the 2.2. trillion …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 4/1

April 1st, 2020


As the pandemic washes across the nation, Washington continues to look for ways to alleviate the strain imposed by COVID-19 on America’s health and the economy. Tonight’s podcast offers the latest on what is happening …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/31

March 31st, 2020


In tonight’s podcast, we bring you the latest on health policy and explain how restrictions have been eased to allow more venues to be transformed …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/30

March 30th, 2020


We're taking you behind the scenes of what it was like in the Capitol and at the White House over the last two hectic and historic weeks, Three of CQ …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/27

March 27th, 2020


Tonight: We take you inside the Capitol, where lawmakers cleared for the president’s signature a historic stimulus package of more than $2.2 trillion …

Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute 3/27

March 27th, 2020


This Friday, we turn to the House and its upcoming vote on the $2.2 trillion stimulus package.

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Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update: 3/26

March 26th, 2020


Tonight: We unpack what's in the nation's largest stimulus bill passed by the Senate last night to combat COVID-19 and what we can expect from the …

Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute 3/26

March 26th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller brings you the status of the latest stimulus package and all other coronavirus policy news to start your Thursday.

Learn …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/25

March 25th, 2020


Tonight: The latest on the COVID-19 recovery bill that's stuck in Congress, and a roundup of Wednesday's health policy news.

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Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute, 3/25

March 25th, 2020


CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller brings you the status of the latest stimulus package and all other coronavirus policy news to start your Wednesday.

Learn …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/24

March 24th, 2020


Tonight: The latest on the nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, a roundup of Tuesday's health policy news and one story about how a small …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/23

March 23rd, 2020


The Senate is still trying to get to yes on a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to help combat the pandemic and the virus' economic wreckage. …

Coronavirus Special Report: Mid-day update, 3/23

March 23rd, 2020


The pressure is on for the Senate to reach agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package to blunt the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/20

March 20th, 2020


We are delving deeper into the stimulus bill that key senators and the White House hope to have a deal on later today. We look at it from a …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/19

March 19th, 2020


Today we're unpacking the state of play and content in the second stimulus bill, what it means for Congress now that two lawmakers have tested …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/18

March 18th, 2020


The president called himself a wartime president, and the Senate passed a stimulus bill and now turns to a $1 trillion economic stimulus plan put …

Coronavirus Special Report: Breaking down the $1T stimulus, 3/18

March 18th, 2020


CQ Roll Call obtained a copy of the $1T economic stimulus plan put forward by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, We'll break down what's in it and …

Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute, 3/18

March 18th, 2020


CQ Roll Call brings you the latest roundup of coronavirus policy news to start your Wednesday. Find out more about the next stimulus package being …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/17

March 17th, 2020


This episode rounds up the policy news of the day including the latest on Senate consideration of the recent House-passed stimulus bill, a larger …

Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute, 3/17

March 17th, 2020


CQ Roll Call brings you the latest roundup of coronavirus policy news to start your day. First up, the coronavirus stimulus bill passed the House, …

Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/16

March 16th, 2020


This episode of Coronavirus Special Report rounds up all the policy news of the day including President Donald Trump's latest remarks, the stimulus …

Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute, 3/16

March 16th, 2020


CQ Roll Call brings you the latest roundup of policy news on coronavirus to start your day. First up, the stimulus: A House revote and Senate …

Introducing Coronavirus Special Report: Evening update, 3/13

March 13th, 2020


Today we're launching a special report with the latest policy news on coronavirus. This episode delves into the stimulus package headed for the …

Congress and the pandemic

March 11th, 2020


The coronavirus is officially a pandemic. In this episode of CQ on Congress, Shawn Zeller explores the role and responsibility that lawmakers and the …

Pay-to-play in the judiciary

March 3rd, 2020


A CQ Roll Call investigation has found that people appointed to federal judgeships gave thousands of individual contributions over the last decade to …

What does Senator Bernie Sanders' style in Congress tell us about him? Plus: The coronavirus

February 28th, 2020


Senator Bernie Sanders is the Democratic front-runner, leading the crowded field in both delegates and national polls. His populist message is …

Trump packs the courts

February 21st, 2020


President Trump focused on getting the Senate to confirm his judges in 2019, taking few positions on policy votes in either the House or the Senate, …

Congress and the coronavirus

February 14th, 2020


This week CQ on Congress delves deep into whether the government is ready to manage a pandemic. Shawn Zeller speaks first to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, the California Democrat who wrote a law last year to improve pandemic …

Unchecked Power

February 5th, 2020


CQ on Congress host Shawn Zeller builds a case of how the acquittal of President Trump is yet another notch in this administration's move toward an imperial presidency leaving a sagging Congress and judiciary that will …

Senate says no to witnesses, as final vote is set for Wednesday

February 1st, 2020


The Senate voted 51-49 on Jan. 31 against calling witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial and will now move to closing arguments and votes, on Feb. 5, on the two articles of impeachment, accusing Trump of abuse …

What's in an impeachment trial?

January 24th, 2020


CQ Roll Call takes listeners inside Congress to where the impeachment trial is happening and shares its insightful observations from reporters. Also, …

Historic impeachment trial begins. Now what?

January 16th, 2020


With elections looming, how politically perilous is the impeachment trial for senators — on both sides of the aisle — who are up for re-election in …

Between Iraq and a hard place: Congress

January 9th, 2020


CQ on Congress begins 2020 by examining what's next after the targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Host Shawn Zeller …

House Dems in Trump districts risk it all with impeachment vote

December 19th, 2019


Elissa Slotkin is one of 31 House Democrats who represents a district Trump won in 2016. Nearly all of them voted to impeach Trump this week. But Slotkin’s decision is not sitting well with some of her constituents, …

Curbing unexpected medical bills has bipartisan backing in Congress

December 13th, 2019


Many Americans have been to the hospital in an emergency, or for a procedure, only to get a huge bill after because a doctor treating them doesn’t take their insurance. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement …

How robocalls may be the thing to unite Congress

December 6th, 2019


Those pesky robocalls may be the one thing that this deeply divided Congress can agree on. A bill passed by the House this week by New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone aims to combat the billions of automated phone calls …

To beat Trump, Democrats need to win Wisconsin. The impeachment inquiry isn't helping.

November 22nd, 2019


Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by just 27,000 votes. Now, to beat him in 2020, it is crucial that Democrats win the state. A new poll from …

New witnesses emerge after first week of public impeachment hearings

November 15th, 2019


House Democrats made the case for impeachment public this week. Three witnesses, Foreign Service officers in charge of U.S. relations with Ukraine, confirmed that President Trump pressured that country to investigate …

Disagreements on border wall could stall defense authorization bill

November 8th, 2019


The defense authorization bill sets the nation’s defense priorities, spending limits for Pentagon programs and gives soldiers a pay raise. Despite …

The House voted to make the impeachment inquiry public. Now what?

November 1st, 2019


After weeks of frustration from House republicans, a majority of Democrats (and independent Justin Amash) voted to create rules for the ongoing …

Closed-door impeachment inquiry irks the GOP

October 25th, 2019


Gary Abernathy, a former district representative for Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, assesses the impeachment inquiry from the GOP heartland and …

Polling impeachment and remembering Elijah Cummings

October 18th, 2019


Polls now show a majority of Americans favor impeaching Donald Trump and removing him from office. Democratic pollster Brad Bannon explains how …

White House staff on the hot seat

September 27th, 2019


With President Trump now facing an impeachment inquiry over his request that the president of Ukraine investigate his political foe, Joe Biden, White …

Trump Upends Bipartisan Consensus on Homelessness

September 20th, 2019


Donald Trump has challenged the idea, pioneered in George W. Bush's administration, that the best, and most cost-effective way to end homelessness is to offer people living on the streets homes, no strings attached, and …

E-cigarette deaths prompt bipartisan response

September 13th, 2019


Around 400 people are suffering from respiratory illnesses and six have died after using electronic cigarettes, sparking a rare bipartisan response in Washington. After President Donald Trump announced that the FDA …

Congress returns for a bleak fall session

September 6th, 2019


CQ on Congress looks ahead at the fall congressional session with CQ Roll Call reporters Katherine Tully-McManus and Niels Lesniewski. Spoiler alert: …

Democrats weighing new gun legislation

August 30th, 2019


Update Note: After this podcast was recorded and posted, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it was postponing its markup to the week of Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to hit Florida. Five …

Why do you have to come to Iowa if you want to be president?

August 23rd, 2019


Iowa plays a big role in presidential politics because of its first-in-the-nation caucuses. Even by that standard, though, the Iowa State Fair, …

Google under pressure from Congress, activists, shareholders

August 16th, 2019


In the face of gridlock in Congress, investors, pension funds, and some states are pushing public companies to do more to diversify their boards, combat climate change, stamp out sexual harassment and give workers a …

What lawmakers can do about gun violence, and helping black families save ancestral lands

August 9th, 2019


Public pressure on lawmakers is growing across the country to reduce gun violence, but Congress may only be able to pass incremental legislation, …

Obamacare takes another hit, this time from Democrats

August 2nd, 2019


Democrats were nearly unanimous in voting to end the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high cost health insurance plans that was the principal mechanism in the Affordable Care Act aimed at reducing health care costs. …

Why the US is behind in the 5G race

July 26th, 2019


Poor allocation of airwaves and the absence of a domestic telecom supplier could delay U.S. mobile carriers from deploying 5G as effectively as some …

Did the Pentagon weaponize ticks?

July 19th, 2019


The House passed a bill this month that would order the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate whether the Defense Department weaponized …

Immigrant raids could lead to more family separations

July 12th, 2019


The Trump administration says it will round up undocumented immigrants who have missed a court date in an effort to deter others migrants from …

Assessing the trade talks with China

July 5th, 2019


In this episode of CQ on Congress, former U.S. trade negotiator Wendy Cutler explains what each side of the U.S.-China trade talks is looking to gain. Then trade economist Christine McDaniel walks us through how some …

How the GOP won by losing on census citizenship question

June 28th, 2019


 GOP-held states with growing immigrant populations, Texas, Florida and Arizona, are more likely to gain House seats following the 2020 Census, as …

The Pentagon has a leadership vacuum at the top as tensions with Iran rise

June 21st, 2019


The departure of acting Defense Department Secretary Patrick Shanahan raises questions about who is advising President Donald Trump, who pulled back …

Abortion threatens congressional impasse on funding

June 14th, 2019


House Democrats' effort to rescind Trump administration anti-abortion policies threatens to hold up government spending bills. CQ Roll Call reporter …

Trump denies climate change as his Pentagon prepares for it

June 7th, 2019


Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says President Trump's climate change denial risks an apocalyptic future that will stress the U.S. military. Ben …

Lawmakers on impeachment and F35s to Turkey

May 31st, 2019


In his first public statement after his two-year probe, Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who resigned this week, said that he had never considered charging President Donald Trump with a crime as he …

House impeachment advocates gain traction

May 24th, 2019


Democrat Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that would lead an impeachment inquiry, says he believes President …

Lawmakers seek solutions in Venezuela, Iran

May 17th, 2019


Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell criticizes President Trump's strategy to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and touts a …

Higher tariffs on Chinese goods spark call for Congress to intervene

May 10th, 2019


The continuing damage to businesses and farmers from the trade stand off between China and the U.S. is a sign that Congress needs to reinsert itself …

Why Democrats haven't passed a minimum wage bill

May 3rd, 2019


Democratic presidential candidates and most House Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2024, a …

The GOP's 2020 Agenda, or Lack Thereof

April 26th, 2019


Jonathan Miller talks about his new CQ Magazine cover story on the Republicans' decision, thus far, to ignore policy proposals in their 2020 …

Mueller Report's Second Act: Congressional Scrutiny

April 18th, 2019


CQ legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger says House Democrats now have plenty of leads from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report to investigate, especially as to whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.


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Assessing the New Tax Law as April 15 Arrives

April 12th, 2019


Taxes are due on April 15 and Americans are finding out how the 2017 law affected them. Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, …

How Congress Helps Companies Hire Foreign Workers Over Americans

April 5th, 2019


Under pressure from a bipartisan group of senators, the Homeland Security Department last month increased the number of visas available for foreign guest workers seeking to toil in America's seasonal industries, from …

Why Progressives Are Ready to Ditch Obamacare

March 29th, 2019


The 2010 health care law has left tens of millions uninsured, leading to a groundswell of support from the left for a single-payer system, or "Medicare for All." CQ health care reporter Mary Ellen McIntire explains why …

Big Tech's Breakup With Democrats

March 22nd, 2019


Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but especially Democrats, are saying that the government should intervene to rein in, or even break up, tech …

Navy Spends Epically on Shoddy Ships

March 15th, 2019


For the U.S. Navy, buying warships that are defective, unfinished or both has become the norm. The habit is expensive, dangerous and leaves …

Two Takes on Rep. Omar, Democrats and Israel

March 8th, 2019


Janeen Rashmawi of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Logan Bayroff of the pro-Israel group J Street worry that Congress is losing sight of the bigger issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict …

Challenges for Trump's Democratic Overseers

March 1st, 2019


Democrats have ramped up oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration with hearings on Trump's finances, the Russia inquiry, the …

Rants Aside, Trump Scores Big With Congress

February 22nd, 2019


The latest edition of CQ's study of congressional voting comes out in CQ Magazine on Feb. 25 and the authors, CQ reporters John Bennett and Jonathan Miller, explain that Congress voted as Trump wanted at record levels …

The Americans Paying More Taxes

February 15th, 2019


Tax season has begun and upper middle income taxpayers with incomes between $120,000 and $200,000 who live in states with high local taxes are the most likely to be among the five percent of taxpayers who paid more last …

MeToo Reconsidered: One Feminist on Equalizing Campus Sexual Assault Rules

February 8th, 2019


Patricia Hamill calls herself a feminist and a liberal Democrat, but as a defense attorney for students accused of sexual assault and harassment on …

Congress' Border Wall Funding Emergency

February 4th, 2019


Congressional negotiators are working to reach bipartisan agreement on a Homeland Security spending bill that can fend off another shutdown and thwart President Donald Trump's threat of declaring a national emergency, …

Why Republicans Bucked Trump on Afghanistan and Syria

February 1st, 2019


CQ senior defense writer John M. Donnelly and Michael Rubin, a former Middle East adviser in George W. Bush's administration who's now a resident …

Shutdown Ends but its Damage Will Last

January 25th, 2019


CQ Homeland Security Editor Patrick B. Pexton discusses the details of the deal between President Donald Trump and lawmakers to end the shutdown. Max Stier, president of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, …

Furloughed Government Contractors to Congress: 'Pay Us Too'

January 18th, 2019


Tens of thousands of government contractors are out of work and their employers are losing millions in revenue because of the partial government shutdown. Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council,  a …

EU to Move First on Crypto Rules. Will US Follow?

January 9th, 2019


European officials are expected to fire the first shot in the regulation of cryptocurrencies, with recommendations on what should be done to protect …

Pelosi Stresses Climate Action, But Activists Push for More

January 4th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls climate change "an existential threat" and has established a committee to look for solutions. CQ reporter Elvina …

Sen. Tester Targets Dark Money

December 21st, 2018


Democrats plan to make so-called "good government" laws to tighten campaign finance and lobbying rules a priority in the new Congress. Democrat Jon …

Congress on Cusp of Criminal Justice Changes In Year-End Surprise

December 14th, 2018


We take a deep dive into the criminal sentencing and prison programming overhaul Congress is expected to pass this year, which is shaping up to be a …

Pelosi's Concessions Will Change the Way Laws Are Made

December 7th, 2018


In seeking to solidify her bid for House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi promised members of the Problem Solvers Caucus she'd guarantee floor time for bills …

Pelosi Wins First Round Against Dissidents

November 30th, 2018


Nancy Pelosi has won the House Democratic Caucus' nomination to return as speaker in January, proving herself a formidable opponent to those in the …

Why Nancy Pelosi Won't Back Down

November 16th, 2018


The first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, wants to return to the job now that Democrats control the chamber again. Dissenters …

Meet the Democrats Who Took the House

November 9th, 2018


The Democrats who won a House majority on Election Day are a diverse group with compelling life stories. Two CQ reporters, Mary Ellen McIntire and Greg Tourial, profile three of the most interesting members of the class …

Fox News' Shannon Bream on the Record

November 2nd, 2018


Shannon Bream, host of Fox News @ Night, answers the tough questions about Fox's ideological approach to journalism amid growing public concern about …

What Will Happen if the Democrats Win

October 26th, 2018


CQ senior writer Kate Ackley says Democrats agree on a few policy bills, from a lobbying and campaign finance overhaul to an increase in the minimum …

Why Angry Senators Are Ready to Break Up With Saudi Arabia

October 19th, 2018


Senators are considering several options to punish Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says CQ foreign …

Congressional Staffers Speak Out

October 12th, 2018


Shawn Zeller recaps the results of CQ's Capitol Insiders Survey, a poll of congressional staffers about the midterms and other topics, with expert …

Bipartisan Opioids Bill Explained

October 5th, 2018


CQ Health reporter Sandhya Raman explains what's in the sweeping opioids bill that Congress cleared on Oct. 3 – just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the issue before the November midterm elections.

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An Anita Hill Skeptic Doubts Kavanaugh

September 28th, 2018


Legal analyst Stuart Taylor Jr., a well known critic of the fairness of rape investigations, to men, says Christine Blasey Ford was credible enough, and Brett Kavanaugh evasive enough, to give senators reason to vote …

How to Read Midterm Polls

September 21st, 2018


While Washington is obsessed with the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, voters — Republicans and Democrats— are more concerned about the …

Trump's FDA Takes on Tobacco

September 14th, 2018


In an administration proud of its deregulatory approach, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has defied the trend. He's proposed to mandate lower …

Anti-Trump Fervor Puts Senate in Play

September 7th, 2018


Democrats "definitely have a chance to win the Senate,'' election analyst Nathan Gonzales tells CQ on Congress. He maps out where Democrats can pick up Senate seats in the midterm elections as well as which races they …

Congress Expands Oversight of Social Media

August 31st, 2018


Twitter, Facebook and possibly Google executives are preparing to testify before Senate and House committees next week over concerns that foreign …

Battle Lines for the Supreme Court

August 24th, 2018


Democrats are pushing for a delay in upcoming confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, arguing that Kavanaugh …

Do Debt and Deficits Matter? It Depends on Who's Minding U.S. Fiscal Policy

August 16th, 2018


The Congressional Budget Office recently revised its earlier, already dire warning that the national debt will be 150% larger than the entire U.S. …

Space Farce? The Challenges of Creating a New Military Department in Just 2 Years

August 10th, 2018


CQ editor Patrick B. Pexton talks with writer Andrew Clevinger about
all the steps needed to create the Space Force. The biggest challenge?
A two-year NDAA, waiting on the president's desk to sign when he
returns from …

Isn't That Special... Special Election Season Wraps

August 8th, 2018


There have been 11 special elections for the U.S. Congress in the last two years, and they all have one thing in common: Democrats have performed …

A GOP Congress Tries to Limit Its Republican President on Foreign Policy

August 3rd, 2018


Lawmakers seem to be finally feeling their checks-and-balances oats, as members of both the House and Senate, from both parties, begin passing some …

House Lawmakers Leave Town With Much to Do Before Midterms

July 27th, 2018


The House is officially on recess and Roll Call leadership reporter Lindsey McPherson unpacks all the legislation lawmakers will need to tackle when …

The Capitol Shooting That Changed Everything

July 25th, 2018


July 24, 1998 changed everything on Capitol Hill. The shooting and ensuing deaths of two Capitol police officers left a scar on the close-knit …

Why Congress Has a Russia Problem

July 20th, 2018


Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have denounced President Donald Trump's accommodation of Russia's Vladimir Putin, but as CQ foreign policy …

Two Senators on How They Got a Bipartisan Farm Bill

July 13th, 2018


 "I'm all for principles, but I'm not an ideologue," says Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas in explaining why he wrote a farm bill …

Over the Moon for the Mission to Mars

July 6th, 2018


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is in charge of realizing President Trump's plan to put an astronaut on Mars by 2033. He says it's doable, albeit visionary. He talks to CQ's Shawn Zeller about why the mission is …

On Civility, the Resistance Splits

June 29th, 2018


Two political strategists, Democrat Ryan Clancy and Republican Rory Cooper, question whether progressives' anger will help Democrats at the polls, …

An Immigration Hardliner's Reasoning

June 22nd, 2018


Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says tough border policies are crucial to helping low-skilled workers in …

Some Red States Coming Around to Obamacare

June 15th, 2018


Voters in some GOP-leaning states will get a chance to adopt the 2010 health care law's Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative this November while others may elect governors who support it, says CQ health care reporter …

Cake Case Leaves Gay Rights Questions Unanswered

June 8th, 2018


CQ Supreme Court Reporter Todd Ruger and University of Colorado Law Professor Craig Konnoth say that the Supreme Court victory of a Colorado baker, …

Putting Trump's Immigration Crackdown in Context

June 1st, 2018


President Donald Trump's move to criminally prosecute migrants crossing the border illegally, and to separate them from their children, aims to end the longstanding practice of releasing immigrants into the country, …

Why the Made-for-TV Summit With North Korea Flopped

May 25th, 2018


President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marks a failure of communications and messaging by both sides says Jenny Town, managing editor of the think tank 38 …

Trump Misses NAFTA Deadline

May 18th, 2018


President Donald Trump's trade agenda is in disarray after his negotiators failed to reach a deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico by May 17, when congressional Republicans said …

Conservatives Fight Trump on Trade When Congress Won't

May 11th, 2018


As tensions mount over several Trump administration trade initiatives, CQ's Shawn Zeller talks with Bryan Riley of the National Taxpayers Union, which is part of a coalition of conservative groups that oppose President …

Opioid Legislation on Deck

May 4th, 2018


Legislation aimed at helping communities deal with the opioid addiction crisis is moving through the Senate and House, despite Democrats' disgruntlement about the process. CQ health reporter Sandhya Raman provides …

Trump's Iran Deadline Is Nearly Here

April 27th, 2018


President Trump has set a May 12 deadline for deciding whether to pull out of the 2015 deal with Iran to rollback its nuclear program. He has harshly …

New Climate Change Threats Alarm Scientists

April 20th, 2018


A CQ Magazine special report this week examines alarming new consequences of climate change, such as beetles killing trees, coral reef die-offs and food losing nutritional value. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of …

Pentagon Reluctant to Enter Syrian War

April 13th, 2018


Defense Secretary James Mattis fears wider U.S. involvement in Syria could "spiral out of control," even as President Donald Trump is threatening a …

How Congress Could Force Facebook to Strengthen Data Privacy

April 6th, 2018


Three congressional committees are set to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on its neglect of its customers' data privacy. CQ cybersecurity reporter Gopal Ratnam previews the questioning, while Allie Bohm of the …

Trump Now Managing His Own Show

March 23rd, 2018


With a shakeup in administration staffing, President Donald Trump has purged aides who tried to manage him, replacing them with aides whose hardline …

Banking Deregulation in the Air

March 16th, 2018


CQ banking reporter Doug Sword explains the state of play as Republicans (and some Democrats) try to relax banking regulations enacted during the …

The Risks to Trump's Unconventional Approach to Tariffs, North Korea

March 9th, 2018


CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson and defense reporter John M. Donnelly spell out the risks posed by President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his agreement to meet with North …

Russia Meddles, Trump Fiddles, Midterms in Peril

March 2nd, 2018


Adm. Michael Rogers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Defense Department believes Russia …

A Twist in the Gun Control Debate

February 23rd, 2018


Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wants Congress to toughen background checks, but not if it also means …

Pentagon Aims at Russia, China With Big Budget Boost

February 16th, 2018


Congress' budget deal gives the Pentagon the money it says it needs to deter the world's other great powers. CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger and Mandy Smithberger of the Project on Government Oversight discuss …

The GOP's Fiscally Toxic Combo

February 9th, 2018


Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington, explains how …

Roadblocks to Rebuilding America's Roads and Bridges

February 2nd, 2018


President Trump says he wants a $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but differences over how to pay for it …

Trump's Tangled War on Trade

January 26th, 2018


CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson looks at whether President Donald Trump will impose more tariffs and withdraw from more international trade agreements in 2018, or pursue a more moderate path.

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Surveillance Is Back

January 19th, 2018


Congress disregarded concerns about government surveillance of Americans and on Jan. 18 reauthorized a controversial anti-terrorism law. CQ cybersecurity editor Patrick Pexton explains how the security hawks beat the …

Immigration Imbroglio

January 12th, 2018


CQ immigration reporters Camila DeChalus and Dean DeChiaro dig into the complications of finding an agreement to safeguard immigrants with special protections while funding a border wall demanded by the Trump …

The Senate GOP's Math Problem

January 5th, 2018


The Week Ahead Podcast is now CQ on Congress. New look but same great show.    CQ Senate reporter, Niels Lesniewski, says the Senate Republican majority, now just one seat, will struggle to pass legislation and confirm …

Opportunity to Flip Congress?

December 22nd, 2017


Roll Call political reporters Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé dissect the political landscape in 2018 when all 435 House seats and 34 in the Senate …

Why Net Neutrality Isn't Dead Yet

December 15th, 2017


Internet service providers say they'd like Congress to pass a law mandating net neutrality now that the Federal Communications Commission has …

Tax Bill Would Cost Charities Billions

December 8th, 2017


Jamie Tucker of Independent Sector, which represents charities from The Red Cross to the Salvation Army, says the GOP tax bill could reduce …

The Consequences of Dismantling America's Diplomatic Corps

December 1st, 2017


CQ foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald and defense editor Patrick  B. Pexton discuss the turmoil at the State Department and what Congress can do …

Tax Bills Stir Anxiety in Largest Generation - Millennials

November 24th, 2017


Millennials are the largest living generation and are just starting their careers, so the GOP's tax plan would affect them all of their working …

Trip Wires Await the GOP Tax Proposals

November 17th, 2017


Roll Call reporters Lindsey McPherson and Niels Lesniewski, who cover the House and Senate, walk us through the hurdles that Republicans have to …

What Businesses Have to Gain From the Tax Overhaul

November 10th, 2017


Rachelle Bernstein of the National Retail Federation and a long time voice on tax policy around Capitol Hill explains what businesses, large and …

The GOP Tax Plan Unpacked

November 3rd, 2017


In a special episode of The Week Ahead and Budget Tracker Extra podcasts, CQ journalists Shawn Zeller, David Lerman and Peter Cohn take a deep dive …

Congress Aims to Rein In Government Snoops

October 27th, 2017


A bipartisan cast of lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Wyden, plan to curtail the government's surveillance powers that must be renewed by the end of the year, says CQ intelligence reporter Gopal Ratnam.  

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America's Iran Quandary and Why Money Can't Prevent Military Mishaps

October 20th, 2017


CQ foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald and Kelsey Davenport of the Arms Control Association explain why Congress is in no rush to change the Iran …

Trump Upends Obamacare

October 13th, 2017


Foiled in Congress, President Donald Trump made far-reaching changes to the 2010 health care law that could make insurance more affordable for some, …

The Trump Doctrine on Foreign Policy

October 6th, 2017


Donald Trump, the candidate, pledged to withdraw from foreign conflicts. As president, he has done the opposite, taking on North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Afghanistan. CQ Defense Editor Patrick Pexton and Reporter Patrick …

High Court to Weigh In on Gay Rights, Redistricting and Immigration

September 29th, 2017


CQ legal affairs writer Todd Ruger drills down on the cases before the Supreme Court this new term and the justices who may tip the scales.

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Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill Unravels

September 22nd, 2017


Sen. John McCain's opposition to the latest Republican bill to repeal Obamacare may well kill it, says Roll Call Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski. CQ …

Trump's Immigration Reversal Risks GOP Revolt

September 15th, 2017


CQ immigration editor Catalina Camia explains why President Trump and Democrats are working on a deal to help 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants stay in the country, and why that angers many of Trump's biggest …

New Capitol Hill Trifecta

September 8th, 2017


CQ's budget editor David Lerman and Senate leadership reporter Niels Lesniewski explain the policy and political impact of the deal struck between …

Trump Agenda Rests on Tax Overhaul

September 1st, 2017


President Donald Trump will meet with top House and Senate leaders after Labor Day in an effort to reach consensus on tax legislation. After a bruising defeat on health care, he’s counting on a tax bill to revive his …

Podcast: Trump Upends Congress’ Fall Agenda

August 25th, 2017


President Trump’s speech in Phoenix on August 22, in which he threatened a government shutdown and criticized Republican lawmakers, isn’t going to help Congress, which has struggled to pass legislation, get back on …

U.S, Mexico and Canada Start Work on the Trade Deal That Trump Put at Center of His Campaign

August 18th, 2017


The U.S., Mexico and Canada started renegotiating the trade deal that candidate Donald Trump said had to be torn up or renegotiated. Lawmakers want him to first do no harm.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Alarmed Over North Korea...Yet

August 11th, 2017


President Trump’s fiery rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program should not be taken seriously just yet, says CQ Roll Call’s foreign policy …

Inside the Senate’s Struggle With Civility

August 3rd, 2017


Senators are heading home for summer break, after a health care implosion highlighted the partisan ill will that’s festered all year. Ed Pesce, who edits CQ’s Senate coverage, explains how hardline GOP procedural …

Trump and GOP Lawmakers at Odds

July 28th, 2017


The demise of the Republican health care bill has added to a growing list of disagreements between President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, from the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Russia …

On Russia, Congress Looks at the Collusion Question

July 21st, 2017


Lawmakers will likely hear from three key figures in the Russia investigation next week, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his son, Donald …

How the GOP is Shopping for Health Bill Votes

July 14th, 2017


Republican lawmakers, by keeping two Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, hope to mute Democratic arguments that their health care plan would take away …

Congress Has Air Traffic Control and Passenger Woes on its Radar

July 7th, 2017


Lawmakers are debating legislation that would put air traffic control into private hands, provide protections to airline passengers and regulate …

Trump's Travel Ban Tests Family Ties

June 30th, 2017


CQ Roll Call reporters Dean DeChiaro and Gopal Ratnam explain the latest on President Donald Trump's travel ban, which went into partial effect June …

Obamacare in Peril

June 23rd, 2017


CQ's health reporter Kerry Young and magazine editor Shawn Zeller explain the consequences of the draft health care bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who can cement his legislative legacy by …

Inside the Senate’s Secret Health Care Talks

June 16th, 2017


Capping Medicaid payments is just one of several ideas Republican senators are kicking around as they struggle to fashion a health care bill to …

In Comey We Trust?

June 9th, 2017


Lawmakers could be in for more drama in the days ahead as they are expected to question other Trump administration officials following the testimony …

Comey Ready to Talk

June 2nd, 2017


Ex-FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify on June 8 at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the conversations with President …

Trump Budget a Shock to Farmers, Needy and Environment

May 26th, 2017


President Donald Trump's first budget calls for mammoth cuts to programs that benefit everyone from farmers to the poor to offset a boost to the …

A Special Counsel for Russia

May 19th, 2017


Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the special counsel's work will likely eclipse four concurrent congressional investigations, says CQ …