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Michael Catalini

Michael Catalini Michael Catalini is a staff correspondent covering the U.S. Senate at National Journal Daily. Previously at National Journal, he reported on national politics and was deputy editor of Influence Alley, covering Congress and K Street. Before joining National Journal he oversaw coverage of the Baltimore Ravens at The Baltimore Sun. While at The Sun, he also pioneered the use of live-streaming video, organized and edited online content and wrote breaking and feature news. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in journalism and has a master's degree in government from Johns Hopkins.
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Congress Tries to Cram in Border Response, VA Reforms Before Summer Recess

July 28, 2014 With the start of their summer recess later this week tantalizing lawmakers, Congress has a crammed getaway agenda—from dealing with the border crisis, to finalizing a patch for the Highway Trust Fund, to suing President Obama. There also is optimism—but not necessarily confidence—that a House and Senate conference agreement can ...

Both Parties Looking to Pare Down Obama's Border Funding

July 23, 2014 House Republicans are planning on Wednesday to unveil their own plan to deal with the border crisis that would provide less than half of the $3.7 billion in emergency spending requested by President Obama. In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers is to lay out ...

Feinstein Fumes After Another White House National Security Snub

June 24, 2014 Dianne Feinstein wanted the White House off her lawn. In the hours after the Obama administration revealed that it had traded five Taliban suspects for Bowe Bergdahl, the influential Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman went public with her anger. The president should have notified her, Feinstein said in a public rebuke ...

Behind Dianne Feinstein's Calculated Rebuke of the White House

June 23, 2014 Dianne Feinstein wanted the White House off her lawn. In the hours after the Obama administration revealed that it had traded five Taliban suspects for Bowe Bergdahl, the influential Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman went public with her anger. The president should have notified her, Feinstein said in a public rebuke ...

White House Knew Bergdahl Swap Would Go Through a Day Before It Happened

June 10, 2014 One reason the Obama administration may have not alerted Congress 30 days in advance of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdal swap: It made the decision right before it took place. "They knew a day ahead of time that the transfer was going to take place. They knew an hour ahead of ...

In Wake of Scandal, VA Nominees Stuck in Senate Limbo

June 4, 2014 As the turmoil over the VA scandal unfolds, three top posts in the Department of Veterans Affairs remain vacant because of congressional foot-dragging toward full Senate confirmation. A fourth key job—the department's inspector general—has remained vacant for nearly half a year. The White House itself has yet to even name ...

IRS Scandal, Defense Policy Bill on Tap for a Tense Week on Hill

May 5, 2014 The Senate may be heading for some tense moments this week as a proposal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline comes to the foreground and confirmation hearings begin for President Obama’s nominee to be the next Health and Human Services secretary. Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, ...

The Politics of Process Stalls Veterans Benefits Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie ...

The Politics of Process Plague Senate Vets Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie ...

Here's What's Happening After the Debt Ceiling: Nothing

February 12, 2014 The debt-ceiling bill passed by the House Tuesday, unburdened by additional Republican policy demands, appears headed for approval in the Senate, which would mark an end to major fiscal fights for the rest of the year. With the debt limit raised, a budget passed, and the funds appropriated, Congress will ...