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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Chambers May 'Ping-Pong' Spending Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 26, 2013 As the Senate heaves toward a Saturday vote on a bill to keep the government funded, the House is working on possible countermeasures that would bounce the legislation back to the upper chamber as the Tuesday deadline for a government shutdown approaches. In a signal that House Republicans may be...

Senate Republican Urges Colleagues to Filibuster Stopgap Spending Measure

September 23, 2013 Listen up, Senate Republicans. Sen. Ted Cruz has some advice on how to win the defund-Obamacare fight in the Senate this week, and it's a little counterintuitive. The Texas Republican is advising his Republican colleagues to filibuster the House's continuing resolution -- the very resolution he wants to become law....

Senators Returning to Hear Obama's Case for a Syria Strike

September 3, 2013 President Obama's push to persuade Congress to authorize a strike on Syria presses ahead on Tuesday, as two top administration officials will make the White House's case before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Although a number of lawmakers have been in the Capitol for briefings with administration officials, committee members...

Congress Urges Obama to Make His Case Before Striking Syria

August 28, 2013 Republican leaders in Congress are reminding the White House to consult with Congress before authorizing military action in Syria. "If U.S. action is imminent, it is our hope that the president doesn't forget his obligations—to Congress, but, also, to speak directly to the American people," said House Speaker John Boehner's...

Congress Gets Assertive With the White House Over Syria

August 28, 2013 Republican leaders in Congress are reminding the White House to consult with Congress before authorizing military action in Syria. "If U.S. action is imminent, it is our hope that the president doesn't forget his obligations—to Congress, but, also, to speak directly to the American people," said House Speaker John Boehner's...

Why a Congressman Wants to Take a $104,000 Pay Cut

August 21, 2013 Congressmen who leave the Capitol to cash in for higher-paying jobs are a bit of a Washington cliché. So when Rep. Michael Michaud says he wants to leave office to become Maine's next governor—and take a $104,000 pay cut—he stands out. Indeed, the Maine Democrat wants to leave behind his...

Pentagon Addresses Sexual Assault, but Some in Congress Are Skeptical

August 16, 2013 The Pentagon on Thursday introduced a set of provisions designed to crack down on sexual assaults in the military, but some lawmakers said the efforts came up short. The seven measures—discussed with some lawmakers ahead of time, according to aides—came in a statement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday...

What Congress Will Do Over Recess

August 1, 2013 Fishing in Canada. Island-hopping in Hawaii. Crossing paths with Al Gore. Throw in some fundraising and a few town-hall meetings, or “sweet teas,” as one Southern congressman calls them, and it must be August recess. Congress is wrapping up its work week, and most lawmakers will soon be jetting out...

Senate Skips Cloture Vote and Confirms Comey as FBI Chief

July 30, 2013 The Senate on Monday confirmed President Obama’s nominee to head the FBI on a 93-1 vote, with two senators voting present, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, negotiated an agreement to forgo an expected cloture vote. James Comey will succeed Robert Mueller, overcoming a hold...

Nuclear Crisis Averted, Senate Begins Clearing Obama Nominees

July 17, 2013 After reaching a deal to move beyond a fight over filibusters Tuesday, the Senate is poised to take the rest of the week to clear a handful of long-delayed executive-branch nominations, including Thomas Perez as Labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as Environmental Protection Agency administrator. On a day that had...

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