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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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...

Senate Democrats Warn Republicans Against Debt-Ceiling Wish List

February 4, 2014 Senate Democrats are throwing rhetorical punches at Republicans over the debt ceiling, warning them not to demand spending cuts or other concessions. But this time, there’s no GOP opponent in the ring. With Treasury predicting that the limit will have to be raised in coming days, Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman...

Crusader Against Government Waste Cuts Senate Career Short

January 17, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday night that he will be resigning his seat at the end of the year as he battles a recurrence of cancer. "Serving as Oklahoma's senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life. But, after much prayer...

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....

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