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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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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are considering legislation that would unwind two local anti-discrimination laws recently enacted by the D.C. Council. According to critics, it's just the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to weigh in on affairs in the heavily Democratic city. Though D.C. has an elected mayor and Council, Congress has 30 legislative days to shoot down law...
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Lawmakers continue investigating how an aerial vehicle flew through D.C.'s restricted airspace last week. There's a new word in the Washington lexicon: Gyrocopter. That's the contraption Florida native Doug Hughes flew onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last week. While h...
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are examining ways to boost low morale in some federal agencies. Surveys of federal workers show low morale at the Homeland Security Department, National Archives and Records Administration, and Chemical Safety Board. Among other things, the Government Accountability Office is recommending agencies include more workers in the decision ma...
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Just a couple weeks ago Sen. Ben Cardin was seen as a reliable liberal vote who didn't have much power. Now the Maryland Democrat is seen as a deal maker. With a federal indictment hanging over New Jersey's Bob Menendez, Cardin moved up the ladder to be the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. In negotiations on Iran this week, he was tapped to be his party's "q...
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A U.S. House bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia now has 113 cosponsors, 10 more than any previous version ever received. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton plans to try to garner even more support this week on D.C.'s Emancipation Day, a citywide holiday that occurs every April 16, the day when President Lincoln freed 131 slaves in the District. Of the...
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If you're rushing to get your taxes filed by Wednesday, you may not have much luck calling the IRS. Due to more than a billion dollars in budget cuts, Virginia and the District have lost 14 percent of their IR...
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The chief of the Capitol Police, Kim Dine, has submitted his letter of resignation. Dine came up through the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington before he was tapped to lead the Frederick, Maryland, police. But after a nationwide search in 2012 he was picked to lead the department that protects the nation's legislative branch. Things got rocky after that. ...
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The indictment of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) has propelled Maryland Senator Ben Cardin to the top Democratic slot on a key committee. One senator's misfortune looks to be another ones political pay day. Menendez was indicted for allegedly accepting lavish gifts: free thousand do...
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The budget brawl underway at the Capitol this week isn't just pitting Republicans against Democrats; it's also providing a window into political positioning by candidates for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 2016 Senate race. As the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee,...
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The House and Senate are set to debate the nation’s budget this week and it has huge implications for the region. Lawmakers in the region are fighting to keep those indiscriminate budget cuts known as sequestration at bay. The D.C. region is ground zero for federal spending, and that has lawmakers worried as more than $90 billion are scheduled to get lopped off from the bu...
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An effort to achieve federal recognition for six Virginia Indian tribes has started to wind its way through Congress again. Supporters in the state have failed to get similar legislation passed for decades. When Virginia was settled more than 400 years ago, the settlers found the region was already populated with Native Americans. Those tribes aren’t recognized by the U.S....
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Two U.S. Senators are pushing legislation to unwind two anti-discrimination laws recently passed by D.C. lawmakers. The fight is making D.C. a battleground for the national debate over LGBT and reproductive rights. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a presumed presidential contender, and freshman Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford are moving to strike down two new D.C. laws. One the Republican ...
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Republicans now control the U.S. Senate, and that means there’s a new budget chairman in town, Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi. He’s preparing to unveil his party’s budget this week, which is expected to draw a stark contrast between more moderate Republicans in the upper chamber and their more Tea Party-driven House counterparts. “I’m very excited about that. It is nice...
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Today the U.S. will reach its borrowing limit, which has the Treasury Department deploying “extraordinary measures” to continue paying its bills. That could have an impact on the region. Treasury officials are reshuffling their books and suspending investments in government pension funds. That buys Congress time to raise the debt limit — probably until the fall. ...
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The Rolling Stone article on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia may have been withdrawn after the story didn't add up, but the problem of assaults on campuses across the nation remains. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) is part of an effort to crack down on those sexual assaults. Many female college students who are sexually assaulted feel like they have nowhere ...
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers after two Secret Service agents allegedly hit a barricade at the White House while drunk and disrupted an active bomb investigation. "Not again," said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), upon hearing the Secret Service is embroiled in yet another scandal. Connolly, who sits on the Oversight Committee, says this latest inciden...
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a progressive from Montgomery County, is the only candidate to formally announce a bid for the U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Barbara Mikulski is vacating at the end of 2016. But Van Hollen is not expected to be the only progressive in the race. Some groups are pushing Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, who represents the 4th District east of Washington, ...
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Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s announcement he’s running in the Democratic primary for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat is the beginning of a reshuffling of the state’s delegation in Congress. Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski surprised many political watchers when she announced her retirement at the start of the week. And the dominoes are just starting to fall....
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Young protesters took advantage of today’s snow to storm the hills of the Capitol — with their sleds. The U.S. Capitol is no stranger to protests, but usually they’re not this fun — or young. Today, though, was different. “I’m sledding and I like the snow because you can do different things," said 7-year-old Claire. You see, there's been a ...