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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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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 ...
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski still has about two more years left in Congress, but speculation is already swirling around who will run for her seat when she retires after the 2016 election. Less certain are the Maryland Democrat's own plans for what she wants to do...
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One of the biggest Supreme Court cases of this term could wipe away the insurance subsidies that tens of thousands of Virginians now rely on under the Affordable Care Act. Now Virginia lawmakers in both parties are already scrambling to find a Plan B. Remember the last time the Supreme Court took up "Obamacare?" It surprised many Supreme Court watchers by ruling the individ...
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Cabinet secretaries don't usually hang out at the Capitol. But over the past few weeks Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has been walking these marble halls warning lawmakers about the risk of shutting down his agency. In between bipartisan meetings a gaggle of reporters swarms the secretary as he blasts Republicans who claim that DHS workers can weather a temporary shu...
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Many D.C. residents are cheering — or eating Cheetos — now that it's legal for them to toke up in their homes. But the marijuana law rests on tenuous legal footing, and some Republicans in Congress say D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser should be locked up for legalizing marijuana after Congress forbade the council from doing so. Maryland Congressman Andy Harris says if one of his...
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Rank-and-file Republican members of Congress from the D.C. region argue that it's better to let the Department of Homeland Security's funding to run out than to pass a spending bill that does not block President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The Senate has gotten over a major procedural hurdle that may prevent a shutdown of the department at the end of the week, bu...
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Debate continues in Congress over funding for the Department of Homeland Security, and first responders around the Washington region are bracing for the possibility the Department could run out of cash at the end of the week. You may think your only run-in with th...
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Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is a part of a bipartisan effort to reform the U.S. criminal justice system. More than two million people are in U.S. prisons and it costs on average $21,000 to house someone at a minimum security prison each year, while that number spikes to an average $33,000 at a maximum security facility. That’s why Congressman Scott is joining an effort...
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There's a chance the Department of Homeland Security will run out of money because of congressional gridlock. Meanwhile, some House Republicans are arguing that the consequences of a partial shutdown aren't all that bad. The Department of Homeland Security protects the nation's borders on land and at sea. But Maryland Republican Congressman Andy Harris says if lawmakers fail...
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There's plenty of toking going on in D.C., but it looks like there won't be any taxing of that pot in the near future. The D.C. Council scrapped its planned hearing into taxing weed earlier this week and downgraded the meeting to a roundtable. The semantics matter here, because the attorney general warned officials that holding the hearing would violate a congressional prohi...
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Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is praising President Obama for asking Congress to authorize military action against militant groups in Syria and Iraq. Kaine has been one of the loudest voices calling on the president to get Congress to...
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The D.C. region’s four Democratic senators complained about Republican obstructionism in the last Congress, but now they're helping their party block a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department from even being debated. Democrats were livid at Republicans for blocking bills from even coming up for debate when they were in the majority. Things got so bad that Democrats e...
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While Congress is trying to head off the potential for a government shutdown in the coming weeks, one House member is pushing a proposal to punish lawmakers if they don t get their spending bills done on time. Lawmakers are a lot like college students: They wait until the last minute and then scramble to meet their deadlines. When a college student doesn't finish an ass...
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Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer is trying to put gun control on the congressional agenda, even though it is more difficult now that Republicans are in charge of both chambers of Congress. In the last Congress, Democrats wielded the gavels in the Senate and they failed to overcome a filibuster on gun control. So how can Democrats expect to pass a bill with the GOP in con...
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A centerpiece of President Obama's budget is an infrastructure proposal that looks a lot like one being pushed by a Maryland Congressman. If you know Democratic Rep. John Delaney, you know there's an issue he likes to talk about a lot: He'd like to give a temporary tax holiday — called repatriation — to companies so they can bring overseas earnings back to U.S. soil to pa...
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After the fatal Metro incident last month near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro stop, officials are promising to regularly test their radio equipment. When Metro trains filled with smoke, leaving 80 riders hospitalized and one woman dead, EMS officials were forced to use their cell phones to communicate because Metro hadn’t synced its network with the fire department. Metro off...
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President Obama’s budget came out this morning and Democrats in the region are glad that it calls for lifting budget caps on most federal agencies. Many first term lawmakers like Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine say it’s dumb for the 2011 seq...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced a bill that aims to strengthen District home rule by eliminating the need for congressional approval of the city's budgets. With Republicans now in charge at the Capitol, you wouldn't think Norton would be optimistic about the chances of passing budget autonomy. But the D.C. representative sees a silver lining in this newly divi...
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The Obama Administration announcement that it's lifting a moratorium on drilling off Virginia's coast is riling many East Coast Democrats. Supporters of offshore drilling on the eastern seaboard are cheering the administration's move to open up...