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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 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...
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President Obama’s proposal to provide two years of free community college is dividing lawmakers in the region. Education reform is a central plank in the president’s new middle class agenda. Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly is on board with it. He says if lawmakers can find a way to pay for the community college initiative, it would go a long way t...
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Democrats in the D.C. region say House Speaker John Boehner set a dangerous precedent by going around the White House in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. The executive branch usually handles visits from heads of states, but Republican leaders in Congress decided to break precedent and go around the White House when th...
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The agenda President Barack Obama laid out in his State of the Union address is being rejected by the region's Republicans, who now have more power at the Capitol than Democrats do. The president's call for two years of free community college won a standing ovation ...
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With Republicans now in charge of both the House and Senate, some Virginia lawmakers are renewing their push to drill off the commonwealth's coast. Virginia's two Democratic senators support the plan if the state is given a share of the revenue. Freshman Northern Virginia Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock says it's on the top of her agenda. "Offshore drill...
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As lawmakers prepare to meet with safety officials Wednesday, a report by D.C. fire officials blames Metro for the communication breakdown during th...
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House Republicans are contemplating whether to sue the District for moving forward with its new marijuana law after the GOP cut off funding for the measure. Congress has 30 days to shoot down the District’s laws after they are passed by the D.C. Council, and that clock started ticking yesterday when a Council staffer ...
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With former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell heading to prison for two years, two former Virginia governors are calling for ethics reform in Richmond. When McDonnell was charged with corruption for accepting gifts, like a head-turning Rolex watch, many political watchers in Rich...
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Now that the House of Representatives has approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the fight moves to the Senate, and it's pitting Virginia's two senators against each other. The commonwealth's Democratic senators usually cast similar votes, but they don't see eye to eye on the proposed pipeline to carry dirty Canadian tar sands through the U.S. The new Re...
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Virginia’s two Democratic Senators are expected to hold a lot of sway as more moderate voices in the new Republican controlled Senate. Republicans now control the Senate, but that doesn’t mean they can go it alone. In the upper chamber you need 60 votes to do just about anything and there are only 54 Republicans. That’s already making Virginia’s senators ...
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This week D.C. was home to a reunion of two of hip-hop’s greatest producers. Prince Paul and Dan the Automator performed together under their former group name Handsome Boy Modeling School for the first time in nearly a decade. The two iconic producers have played a role in everything from De la Soul to the Gorillaz. The pair were brought together to perform for 100 peopl...