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Covering Congress CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates. CQ's gavel-to-gavel coverage is relied upon by representatives and senators and their staffs, the White House, federal agencies, news organizations, foreign embassies, lobbyists and political scientists.

Covering Congress CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates. CQ's gavel-to-gavel coverage is relied upon by representatives and senators and their staffs, the White House, federal agencies, news organizations, foreign embassies, lobbyists and political scientists.
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Covering Congress CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates. CQ's gavel-to-gavel coverage is relied upon by representatives and senators and their staffs, the White House, federal agencies, news organizations, foreign embassies, lobbyists and political scientists.

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Immigrant raids could lead to more family separations

7/12/2019
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The Trump administration says it will round up undocumented immigrants who have missed a court date in an effort to deter others migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. But raids could exacerbate family separations, report CQ Roll Call’s Tanvi Misra and Jinitzail Hernandez, who just returned from visiting one of the largest migrant detention centers in Homestead, Fla., where the government is holding 2,000 teenage immigrants.

Duration:00:15:23

Assessing the trade talks with China

7/5/2019
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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 U.S. companies are coping with the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. And CQ Roll Call's trade reporter Mark Bocchetti discusses the process that allows U.S. companies to seek exclusions from the tariffs.

Duration:00:17:31

How the GOP won by losing on census citizenship question

6/28/2019
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GOP-held states with growing immigrant populations, Texas, Florida and Arizona, are more likely to gain House seats following the 2020 Census, as well as additional federal funding, if a citizenship question remains off, as the Supreme Court ordered on June 27. CQ reporter Michael Macagnone and Bryce Dietrich, a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, discuss why Republican lawmakers continue to back President Donald Trump's plan to add it.

Duration:00:14:43

The Pentagon has a leadership vacuum at the top as tensions with Iran rise

6/21/2019
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The departure of acting Defense Department Secretary Patrick Shanahan raises questions about who is advising President Donald Trump, who pulled back a planned military strike on Iran this week, says CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger. And Chris Lu, who served as Barack Obama's liaison to his Cabinet, says Trump's apparent preference for churn among his agency heads gives him more power to direct policy on his own.

Duration:00:12:58

Abortion threatens congressional impasse on funding

6/14/2019
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House Democrats' effort to rescind Trump administration anti-abortion policies threatens to hold up government spending bills. CQ Roll Call reporter Sandhya Raman details the debate and surveys how lawmakers are using abortion politics, both in Washington and the states, to rile their voters ahead of next year's election.

Duration:00:11:48

Trump denies climate change as his Pentagon prepares for it

6/7/2019
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Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says President Trump's climate change denial risks an apocalyptic future that will stress the U.S. military. Ben Hulac, author of a forthcoming CQ magazine cover story on how climate change is affecting the Arctic, explains why that could create conflict between world powers.

Duration:00:18:24

Lawmakers on impeachment and F35s to Turkey

5/31/2019
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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 investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election. That's emboldened some in Congress who say representatives must read Mueller's report, which found evidence Trump may have obstructed the special counsel’s investigation. CQ Legal Affairs reporter Todd Ruger discusses what it means....

Duration:00:15:46

House impeachment advocates gain traction

5/24/2019
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Democrat Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that would lead an impeachment inquiry, says he believes President Donald Trump has committed high crimes, both in obstructing Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigation and in refusing to cooperate with congressional investigators. CQ Roll Call senior politics reporter Simone Pathé talks about her interviews this week with Democrats from competitive House districts. They told her they are more open to...

Duration:00:18:16

Lawmakers seek solutions in Venezuela, Iran

5/17/2019
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Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell criticizes President Trump's strategy to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and touts a broad-based, multi-national diplomatic campaign as an alternative. And CQ Roll Call's foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald explains why Republicans in Congress are keeping military action on the table, both when it comes to Venezuela, and in Iran, which has lately caused alarm by reportedly arming its boats in the Persian Gulf with missiles.

Duration:00:21:54

Higher tariffs on Chinese goods spark call for Congress to intervene

5/10/2019
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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 into the trade policy-making process again, argues Clark Packard, a trade policy counsel at the R Street Institute, a center-right think tank. He warns that boosting tariffs on Chinese imports "has the potential to spiral out of control.'' And CQ's Ellyn Ferguson explains where legislation currently pending in Congress stands.

Duration:00:18:13

Why Democrats haven't passed a minimum wage bill

5/3/2019
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Democratic presidential candidates and most House Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2024, a proposal David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute says makes sense. But CQ Roll Call’s Lindsey McPherson explains why some Democrats representing rural areas are holding up the bill.

Duration:00:18:32

The GOP's 2020 Agenda, or Lack Thereof

4/26/2019
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Jonathan Miller talks about his new CQ Magazine cover story on the Republicans' decision, thus far, to ignore policy proposals in their 2020 planning. Miller found this worries some lawmakers, like Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, who'd like to see the party offer new ideas.

Duration:00:11:05

Mueller Report's Second Act: Congressional Scrutiny

4/18/2019
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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.

Duration:00:16:41

Assessing the New Tax Law as April 15 Arrives

4/12/2019
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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, a nonpartisan think tank, and Peter Cohn, CQ's tax editor, discuss how the law has played out for both individuals and corporations and find that it's given some a windfall, and rationalized the code for others, but hasn't done as much as Republicans expected to juice economic growth.

Duration:00:20:22

How Congress Helps Companies Hire Foreign Workers Over Americans

4/5/2019
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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 seafood processing to resort housekeeping. Two critics of the decision, Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank that supports pro-labor policies, and Preston Huennekens of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates more restrictive immigration...

Duration:00:18:21

Why Progressives Are Ready to Ditch Obamacare

3/29/2019
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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 progressives are ready to move on, what it would take to get there, politically, and how they would transform American health care.

Duration:00:15:05

Big Tech's Breakup With Democrats

3/22/2019
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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 giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. CQ technology reporter Dean DeChiaro says an antitrust action would require a novel legal approach focused less on pricing power and more on market dominance, while Patrick Pexton, CQ's tech editor, says the tech industry, long aligned with the Democratic Party, could shift its political loyalties.

Duration:00:16:14

Navy Spends Epically on Shoddy Ships

3/15/2019
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For the U.S. Navy, buying warships that are defective, unfinished or both has become the norm. The habit is expensive, dangerous and leaves overworked sailors to deal with faulty ships in need of repair from day one. Yet, the practice has escaped sufficient scrutiny in Washington even though taxpayers are on the hook for repeated repairs, reports CQ's senior writer John M. Donnelly. Most new ships, he says, go to sea with one or more major defects — even after months of repair work and...

Duration:00:16:58

Two Takes on Rep. Omar, Democrats and Israel

3/8/2019
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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 amidst the debate over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments on Israel. Both offer support for the March 7 House resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.

Duration:00:23:29

Challenges for Trump's Democratic Overseers

3/1/2019
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Democrats have ramped up oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration with hearings on Trump's finances, the Russia inquiry, the immigrant child separation policy and more. But holding hearings and asking questions is only the first step in successful oversight, says Justin Rood, director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative at the Project on Government Oversight and a former staff investigator for Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn. Congressional overseers must then grapple...

Duration:00:20:14