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Matt Laslo

Capitol Hill Reporter

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is an award-winning reporter who has covered Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. While he’s filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Omaha World-Herald, and Washingtonian.

Laslo is also the host and founder of BillsandBrews.com, a show intended to rid Washington of partisanship through casual pub chats with lawmakers. Since 2009 Laslo has sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Covenant College and a Master of Arts degree in government and public policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude).


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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling for special prosecutors to handle all shootings of civilians by police officers. Many protestors nationwide are heeding the call of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to put off their marches until after two slain NYPD officers are laid to rest. But those protests are expected to start again soon. Norton says mayors and governors cou...
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Senators from Maryland and Virginia are asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services for a better national strategy to combat opioid abuse. Earlier this year, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe set up a task force on heroine and prescription drug abuse. But the problem isn't confined to the Commonwealth. Twenty U.S. Senators sent Secretary of Health and Human Services'...
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Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott is heralding prison reform legislation that was one of the last bills signed into law by the president from this session of Congress. In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring prison and jail officials to collect and report data on every prisoner who dies in custody. Officials say deaths went down. That law, known as the Death in Custody Re...
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Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits." The Secret Service doesn't have enough agents, and the ones who are there aren't getting enough training, concludes a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security. Rep. Gerry Conn...
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Some local lawmakers played a role in the release of Maryland native Alan Gross who came back to the U.S. yesterday after five years in a Cuban prison. Maryland Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen represented Alan Gross when he was captured five years ago. Van Hollen was one of three lawmakers tapped to fly down to Cuba and escort Gross home. “Well it was an ...
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Thousands of people came out to the streets of D.C. during the weekend to call for action to end what they say is police brutality. Among Civil rights activists calling for change were the voices of families who lost their loved ones, including the widow of Eric Garner, killed by an officer in New York; the parents of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missour...
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While U.S. House minority leader and Baltimore native Nancy Pelosi was dealt a massive defeat last night, Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski racked up a big win. Pelosi fought an all-out battle on Thursday against President Obama and Senate Democrats over their agreement to wind back Wall Street reforms. She lost. The big winner from the daylong inter-Democratic Part...
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D.C. residents still aren't happy with Maryland Republican Andy Harris meddling in local affairs, and some let him know it today at an event focusing on the effects of marijuana. Congressman Harris was tapped by the conservative Heritage Foundation to keynote their event on marijuana policy. The doctor is fighting to roll back D.C.'s new law legalizing marijuana over what he ...
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Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly is close to achieving his goal to transform how the federal government interacts with technology. Conservative firebrand Darrell Issa and Connolly are usually on the other side of pitched partisan battles, but the two put their talking points down and worked together for the past four years to transform the federal gove...
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The fate of a policy provision that would block the implementation of D.C.'s referendum on marijuana legalization remains unclear, even with Congress scheduled to be in town for just a few more days. House Republicans still need to pass a bill to fund the government, and as WAMU...
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Social welfare groups protested outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as justices weighed whether pregnant women can be forced to take unpaid leave. As justices heard oral arguments between Maryland resident Peggy Young and UPS, a crowd gathered outside the Supreme Court carrying picket signs. The morning weather was wet and bitter cold—but that didn't stop this group from he...
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Former Virginia Democratic senator Jim Webb has launched a presidential exploratory committee. The dust has barely settled on the midterm elections, but jockeying has already begun for the 2016 presidential contest. While former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is once again being viewed as the presumed Democratic nominee, she’s expected to get some company in the primar...
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Virginia’s newest members of Congress wrapped up their orientation at the Capitol with the traditional office lottery. After receiving training on everything from avoiding getting thrown in jail to how to cast a vote, new members wrapped up their orientation with the time honored office drawing. With 57 open offices, Northern Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock along with...
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The Dome Restoration Project’s authorized budget for this phase of the projec...
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Metro Chairman Tom Downs is urging lawmakers to restore the maximum subsidy for public transit benefits, which is also used by thousands of federal workers. Downs is asking lawmakers on Capitol Hill to adjust the public transit benefit from $130 a month to closer to the parking benefit at $250 a month. "I’m here to enter a plea about restoring equity between tran...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is urging Republicans in Congress to let the will of D.C. voters stand when it comes to pot policy. The will of D.C. residents is clear: they just voted 2-to-1 to legalize the possession of marijuana this election, as did Oregon and Alaska. On Thursday, Norton ...
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Hundreds of federal contractors in search of collective bargaining and a wage increase have gone on strike. Some serve meals in the basement of the Capitol while others help funnel hundreds of thousands of tourists through the Smithsonian museums. They want President Obama to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour. With tears streaming down her...
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Virginia Republican David Brat is now officially "Congressman David Brat." The majority of the candidates who won on Nov. 4 have to wait until January to be sworn in, but not Brat. He upset former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary which sent shivers through establishment...
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Congress gets back this week for its post election "lame duck session." While newly-elected freshmen lawmakers will be getting tutorials on everything from casting a vote to avoiding jail time, lawmakers who were just ousted still have some work to do. They have to authorize the Department of Defense, take up a package of expired tax breaks and extend a tax moratorium on the...