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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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Episodes

Polling impeachment and remembering Elijah Cummings

10/18/2019
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Polls now show a majority of Americans favor impeaching Donald Trump and removing him from office. Democratic pollster Brad Bannon explains how people should read the rush of new surveys coming in. And we remember Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore Democrat who passed away this week by reprising his 2017 interview with CQ Roll Call.

Duration:00:14:18

White House staff on the hot seat

9/27/2019
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With President Trump now facing an impeachment inquiry over his request that the president of Ukraine investigate his political foe, Joe Biden, White House staff now face a decision: Cooperate with Democrats or risk legal jeopardy themselves, says Justin Rood, director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative at the Project on Government Oversight. Still, it's not clear if a still-divided Democratic caucus in the House will have the votes to impeach, should it come to that, says Lindsey...

Duration:00:11:59

Trump Upends Bipartisan Consensus on Homelessness

9/20/2019
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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 to service their needs in a home setting. A new report from the president's Council of Economic Advisers says that has neither reduced homelessness, nor lowered costs. Richard Cho, who served in top positions at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness during the Obama...

Duration:00:14:24

E-cigarette deaths prompt bipartisan response

9/13/2019
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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 would ban the sale of flavorings for the devices, the spotlight is now on lawmakers of both parties who are considering legislation. Three guests join the show this week to explain the reasons behind this push and the challenges facing lawmakers moving forward: Dr. Jonathan...

Duration:00:25:31

Congress returns for a bleak fall session

9/6/2019
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CQ on Congress looks ahead at the fall congressional session with CQ Roll Call reporters Katherine Tully-McManus and Niels Lesniewski. Spoiler alert: The prospects for major legislation aren't bright. Then, Scot Schraufnagel, the chair of the political science department at Northern Illinois University and an expert on congressional productivity, explains why this Congress isn't doing much.

Duration:00:20:12

Democrats weighing new gun legislation

8/30/2019
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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 of the panel members represent districts in the state. The House Judiciary Committee is expected returning early from Congress's summer break next week to mark up gun-safety legislation. Will any House bills pressure Senate Republicans to respond to recent mass shootings? At a...

Duration:00:13:55

Why do you have to come to Iowa if you want to be president?

8/23/2019
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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, which ended last weekend, felt busier than usual as candidates for offices from the presidency on down flooded the event. Jason Dick, host of the Political Theater podcast, attended the fair, and the team at CQ on Congress decided to hand the mic over to him this week to hear about his experience firsthand. Dick talked to David Redlawsk, a political...

Duration:00:19:37

Google under pressure from Congress, activists, shareholders

8/16/2019
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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 voice. CQ Roll Call's Laura Weiss talks about what happened at Google's annual shareholder meeting where board members were confronted with protests and calls for change. “This is well beyond a cultural crisis, it’s an identity crisis,” a representative of an investor group that...

Duration:00:13:35

What lawmakers can do about gun violence, and helping black families save ancestral lands

8/9/2019
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Public pressure on lawmakers is growing across the country to reduce gun violence, but Congress may only be able to pass incremental legislation, explains CQ Roll Call’s legal affairs writer Todd Ruger. In the second segment of this podcast, we explore how Congress and a South Carolina center are trying to address the loss of land and wealth, particularly among African Americans, in what is commonly referred to as Heirs Property. Josh Walden of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in...

Duration:00:22:39

Obamacare takes another hit, this time from Democrats

8/2/2019
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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. Josh Gordon, policy director for the Concord Coalition, a group that seeks to restrain budget deficits, says that's regrettable. And CQ Roll Call health care reporter Mary Ellen McIntire explains why Democrats are willing to weaken the financing of the 2010 law.

Duration:00:17:19

Why the US is behind in the 5G race

7/26/2019
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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 other countries and thus cede leadership to China, says CQ Roll Call's senior technology reporter Gopal Ratnam. He explains how the U.S. is hoping to respond and why the trade war between Washington and Beijing may be complicating those efforts.

Duration:00:14:38

Did the Pentagon weaponize ticks?

7/19/2019
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The House passed a bill this month that would order the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate whether the Defense Department weaponized ticks. Stanford University science writer Kris Newby, in a new book called "Bitten," hints that such experiments may have led to Lyme disease's rapid spread. Newby says that congressional inquiry into the matter "is exactly what I wanted to happen.'' And CQ Roll Call defense writer John Donnelly explains what Congress has asked the Pentagon to do and...

Duration:00:15:09

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