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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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Congressional Intel Leaders Want Little Changed Ahead of Obama Speech

January 16, 2014 Despite a push from Democratic and Republican lawmakers for new reforms of the intelligence community ahead of President Obama's highly anticipated speech Friday, Intelligence Committee leaders in both the House and Senate are signaling little interest in such legislation. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and ranking member Saxby Chambliss told ...

Senators Eyeing Changes to Military Retiree Pensions

December 18, 2013 Though the Senate is poised to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act on Wednesday, lawmakers in both parties are already working to alter some of its provisions in the weeks and months ahead. The measure is expected to pass handily, sending a bill to President Obama's desk that will reduce sequestration ...

Senators Eye Changes to Military Pension Provision in Budget Deal

December 18, 2013 Though the Senate is poised to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act on Wednesday, lawmakers in both parties are already working to alter some of its provisions in the weeks and months ahead. The measure is expected to pass handily, sending a bill to President Obama's desk that will reduce sequestration ...

Appropriators Will Work Through the Holidays to Avoid a Shutdown

December 17, 2013 While much of Capitol Hill is getting ready for the holiday break, those who work on the Appropriations committees have a different vision for the days ahead -- and it ain’t sugar plums. The Senate is expected to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 early this week, but the ...

Forecast for Passing Two-Year Budget Deal is Sunny in the Senate

December 16, 2013 With the budget drama heading into its final act in the Senate on Tuesday, tensions surrounding the fate of the two-year deal are dissipating, with Republicans signaling they will not block the measure. Leery of saying how they would vote before the House overwhelmingly approved the deal on Thursday, Senate ...

Holiday Miracle? Congress on Verge of Passing Budget

December 13, 2013 Barring a meltdown in the Senate next week -- which remains a possibility -- Congress is on the verge of making a little modern history with House passage Thursday night of a two-year budget bill that would fund the government until October 2015. The 332-94 vote may bode well for ...

Republican Senators Say Budget Will Pass

December 12, 2013 Senate Republicans by and large do not like the budget agreement very much, but despite their concerns, they expect it to pass both chambers and head to the president's desk, according to members and Senate aides. The sticking point for members is that the agreement, brokered by budget cochairs Rep. ...

Why Insurers Want HealthCare.gov (and Obamacare) to Work

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional Republicans have relentlessly attacked Obamacare. The White House has been equally staunch in its defense. Yet despite the political entrenchment characterizing the health care debate, one group is quietly tacking toward a more practical solution. Insurance companies are trying to ensure that the law works. While few will speculate ...

How Senate Republicans Can Retaliate on the Filibuster

November 27, 2013 If you're looking for a coordinated Senate Republican tactical response to Harry Reid's nuclear detonation, you're not likely to find it any time soon. Republicans have no proportional counterattacks now that the majority leader has scorched the filibuster on nominees. But that doesn't mean they don't have any means to ...

In the Aftermath of a Post-Nuclear Senate, Everyone’s Dug in Deeper

November 22, 2013 The sun had not set on the post-nuclear Senate, when Democrats began looking forward to confirming a slate of White House nominees as Republicans dished out doomsday forecasts on the future of the institution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the rules change—first dubbed the "nuclear option" and later ...