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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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After Eric Cantor's primary loss in Richmond, he plans to relinquish his position as House Majority Leader at the end of July. Cantor's defeat hit the Republican Conference like a bombshell, or so senior Republicans are saying. Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart counts Cantor as a friend. He says his loss leaves a gaping hole in the party. "You know, he's been th...
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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost in his his re-election bid, falling in yesterday's Republican Primary in the 7th Congressional District to a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon Economics Professor David Brat. Despite a huge fundraising advantage, Cantor wound up losing by more than 10 percentage points. In a speech last night, Cantor urged his supporte...
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The EPA’s new rule to drastically curb carbon pollution is now playing a key role in the Virginia Senate race. It was no secret at the Capitol the EPA was getting ready to roll out its new rule to limit carbon emissions. But that doesn't mean incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is ready to take a stance. "What I requested of the administration was to give a...
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An effort to ban horse slaughter nationwide is picking up steam in Congress. After a five-year hiatus, in 2011 processing horse meat was once again allowed in the United States. But the ban may be coming back. The House Appropriations Committee recently voted to cut funding from government horse-meat inspectors in next year's Agricultural Appropriations bill. Virgi...
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This week a U.S. Senate committee is examining the growing call for a constitutional amendment to change U.S. campaign finance laws. Democrats in the region are still upset that the Supreme Court overturned restrictions Congress passed to limit the amount of money in today’s political campaigns. Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly says the Court has moved the nation back....
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is praising the House for sending a signal this week that many lawmakers support medicinal marijuana. Under the bill passed by the U.S. House the Drug Enforcement Administration would be forbidden from prosecuting medical marijuana operations in D.C. and states where it’s legal. Before ...
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Lawmakers in the region are having mixed reactions to Eric Shinseki stepping down as head of the Veterans Affairs Department. The VA has been in the spotlight the past couple of weeks for neglecting thousands of veterans. But there's a dirty little secret on Capitol Hill: many of the problems ...
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Pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill for a major overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who is up for reelection, joined the growing list of Democrats from purple states calling on the head of the VA to resign. While the White House is sticking by General Eric Shinseki for now, lawmakers at the Capitol are introducing a flurry of ...
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Lawmakers in the region are fighting off an attempt to undercut D.C. gun laws. The House spent the week debating a massive defense authorization bill, but Republicans used that must-pass bill to take a swipe at D.C.'s strict gun laws. Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey authored a non-binding resolution saying that military personnel should be allowed to carry guns ...
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Members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to change the team name of the Washington Redskins. Fifty U.S. senators — all of them Democrats — signed on to a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter asks Goodell to follow the example set by his counterpart in NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, who moved to ban Los Angeles Clippers Owner Dona...
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Republicans say a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will kill jobs in Virginia and they see it as a way to win November's election. A new White House assessment on climate change paints a dire picture for coastal states like Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says the writing is on the wall. ...
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says Republican attempts to unwind school nutrition programs could hurt low-income students in the District. House Republicans are taking aim at new nutrition requirements introduced to the nation's school by First Lady Michelle Obama. New food restrictions, like requiring more whole grains at public schools, are set to take effect this su...
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Last week many business owners in the D.C. region were frustrated as bipartisan bills to provide tax relief and increase energy efficiency in federal buildings were filibustered. Remember the kid who took his ball and ran off the field growing up? Right now the Senate is at a standstill and both sides claim they can’t play nice until their opponents bring that proverbial ...
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Religious leaders from across Virginia are trying to use the kidnapped Nigerian girls to highlight the need for educational assistance for girls across the globe. The kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria has united people across the globe in sorrow and anger. In Virginia it’s brought together more than 100 leaders from a diverse cross section of religions who are p...
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As the embattled head of the Veterans Affairs department testified in the Senate today, lawmakers also explored reforming how veterans receive care. There's bipartisan agreement here at the Capitol that the VA is failing many of the nation's veterans. Reports that dozens of veterans died while ...
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Even as he prepares to retire, Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran is continuing his push for new gun control measures. Gun stores aren't required to keep inventory and guns go missing all the time. Over a seven year period the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms found almost 175,000 guns were missing from dealers. The snipers who terrorized D.C. in 2002...
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Lawmakers of all stripes are lauding the Department of Energy for opening the door to wind production off the commonwealth's coast. But Virginia Republicans say that bolsters their argument for lifting the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling. "Well it's inconsistent," says Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.). While experts say the risk oil and gas drilling poses is substantiall...
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Lawmakers in the region say calls for the head of the Veterans Affairs department to step down are premature, but they say Congress needs to keep pressure on the beleaguered agency. With such a large military presence in D.C. and Virginia, lawmakers in the region are keeping a close watch on developments at the VA. Two veterans groups are calling for Veterans Affairs Secreta...
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A sapling honoring Holocaust victims and survivors is now gracing the grounds of the Capitol. If you've read the "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, you may remember how a Chestnut tree outside her window brought her comfort in the midst of the Holocaust. A sapling from that tree is now planted on the west front of the Capitol grounds to remind visitors here of one o...
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Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith introduced legislation this week to legalize medicinal marijuana nationwide. Griffith wants you to know up front that he isn't a fan of pot, at least when it comes to rolling a doobie with friends. But he's all about chronically ill people smoking up. Griffith says Virginia took the lead on medical marijuana decades ago. ...