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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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Senate Clears Funding for Israel's Iron Dome

4:14 PM ET The Senate on Friday passed an emergency spending measure for Israel's missile-defense system, known as Iron Dome. The last-minute, unanimous passage came after the Senate failed to clear a $2.7 billion emergency supplemental appropriation for the crisis at the U.S. southern border and $615 million for wildfires burning in the ...

Senate Border Funding Bill Goes Down

9:39 AM ET The Senate failed Thursday to write the White House a $3.57 billion check to address the crisis at the border, Western wildfires, and Israel's missile defense system. The bill went down on a 50-44 procedural vote that required 60 votes to carry. The failure and the Senate's impending departure for ...

House GOP Leaders Pull Votes on Border-Funding Package

July 31, 2014 In stunning fashion, House Republican leaders on Thursday suddenly backed off a planned vote on an emergency border-funding package, meaning lawmakers may head home for the August recess without addressing the hot-button issue. The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a ...

Senate Remains Stalled on Spending Bills

July 31, 2014 The Senate is taking up only the second spending bill to reach the floor this year—the $3.57 billion supplemental for the border crisis, wildfires, and the defense of Israel—and prospects for passage are as slim as they were for the first one that died in June. And so without any ...

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 ...