C-SPAN - Newsmakers Podcast
Newsmakers: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)09/14/14
House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says he expects Congress to vote next week on the president's plan to comabat Islamic State militants, but will take a "two-step process" that could last until after the midterm elections.
Newsmakers: Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's largest union, talks about employment numbers, minimum wage, immigration, and politics.
Newsmakers: Douglas Elmendorf
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf discusses the latest CBO report suggesting the federal budget deficit has fallen to $506 billion while the federal debt is rising. The report projects the debt will rise to 74% of GDP this year.
Newsmakers: Gov. Mike Pence (R)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) talks with Reid Epstein of the [Wall Street Journal] and Robert Costa of the [Washington Post] about the November midterm elections and challenges facing Republicans as they look to retake the White House in 2016.
Newsmakers: Stephanie Schriock
EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock discusses the group's priorities in the 2014 midterm elections, the candidates they're supporting this cycle, as well as their efforts to increase voter turnout among women.
Newsmakers: Tim Phillips
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity discusses the races and issues the conservative advocacy group is focusing on in the run up to the November mid-term elections. It reportedly will spend more than $125 million in the 2014 cycle.
Newsmakers: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee David Vitter (R-LA) talks about the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the situation on the U.S-Mexico border.
Newsmakers: Gil Kerlikowske
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske talks about challenges facing the agency, including federal efforts to handle an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without proper documentation.
Newsmakers: Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), who recently took over as chair of the Republican Study Committee, talks about the group's agenda and the issues of the day, including Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama.
Newsmakers: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, talks about immigration and the increase in the number of unaccompanied children and others from Central America attempting to cross the U.S. border.
Newsmakers: Gary Doer
Ambassador Gary Doer talks about the politics of building the Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian proposals that would follow other routes to get Canadian oil to markets abroad.
Newsmakers: Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD) talks about the 2014 and 2016 elections. He also talks about a number of issues, including his support for Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama over the use of executive orders.
Newsmakers: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) talks about a range of issues, including the president's Iraq policy, the November midterms, the GOP leadership election and the 2016 presidential election.
Newsmakers: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-CA) talks about a range of issues, including how Majority Leader Eric Cantor's departure from the GOP leadership will affect legislative action and prospects for an immigration overhaul.
Newsmakers: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Sen. John Barrasso discusses a number of issues in the news, including the Obama administration's goal of cutting power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030, health care, and the recent U.S.-Taliban exchange.
Newsmakers: Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA)
House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) talks about the recently-passed Defense Authorization bill, delays at the VA, the president's foreign policy doctrine, and the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan by year's end.
Newsmakers: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says Secretary Shinseki should not resign or be fired over delays in the veterans health care system and allegations of unofficial waiting lists at VA clinics.
Newsmakers: Mel Watt
Mel Watt talks about his plans for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mr. Watt believes both organizations will remain engaged in their mortgage roles, while some in Congress wish to abolish them.
Newsmakers: Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) talks about the appropriations process and his effort to return Congress to passing 12 appropriations bills without a sequester and without a government shutdown as happened in October.
Newsmakers: Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
North Dakota Republican John Hoeven talks about possible legislative action in the Senate on the Keystone XL Pipeline. The State Department recently announced it would delay its report on the pipeline until after the November elections.
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