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Matt Laslo

Recent Stories by Matt Laslo

Two San Diego Lawmakers Criticized Over Fundraisers

April 17
By Matt Laslo

Two San Diego congressmen are hosting big fundraisers over their spring break recess -- one in Florida... and one on Mission Bay. Some critics say these events shut out voters in favor of wealthy donors who are buying access to power.

New Bill Allows Judges to Cram Down Mortgages

March 30
By Capital News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressional Democrats are trying to pass a bill to keep more California residents in their homes, but opponents say the legislation will raise the cost of homes. Matt Laslo reports.

San Diego Representatives Want More Spending Oversight

March 10
By Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two San Diego area Congressmen who opposed the stimulus bill say they are working hard to sure the money is spent properly.Democrats are crying foul, but the Republicans say they are just protecting taxpayer's dollars. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Highway Funding Stalled By Partisan Politics

Aug. 4
By Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A crucial federal highway funding bill is stuck in the gridlock of partisan politics. If the bill isn't passed soon, California could lose almost $1 billion in construction money. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Republican Leaders Retool Their Message

June 10
By Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican leaders in the US House want to revamp the party image in order to stave off a Democratic landslide this year. San Diego Republicans say the agenda is just fine. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

San Diego Congressmen Contest Ethics Rules Regarding Free Beer

March 7
By Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nearly a year after Congress passed new ethics rules, two San Diego Congressman are fighting for an occasional free beer. They are members of the Congressional Small Brewers Caucus. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Congressman Issa Suggests Afghanistan Needs More U.S. Troops

Dec. 5
By Capital News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa just got back from a trip to the Middle East. He and four other lawmakers met with military and political leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Washington reporter Matt Laslo has the story.

Emissions Standards Trump Automakers' Healthcare Cost Concerns

June 6
By Capital News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The CEOs of the three big US auto manufacturers were at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. They complained that healthcare costs are hurting their global competitiveness, but senators wanted to talk emissions. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

California AG Threatens to Sue EPA Over Strict Air Pollution Policy

May 22
By Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is threatening to sue the EPA for blocking California's tough automobile pollution plan. The state is leading the way on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

Hunter Chides Dems for Provision That Troops Wait to Engage

April 25
By Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter sharply criticized Democratic leaders over the Iraq war spending bill. The bill will be voted on later Wednesday in Washington. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

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