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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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Maryland officials are reportedly set to scrap the state’s multi-million dollar health care exchange website. After tens of thousands of Marylanders have been locked out of the state’s glitch-ridden health website, on Tuesday the board of the Maryland exchange is expected to vote to scrap its more than $120 million site and adopt the successful one being used in Connecti...
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says Congress needs to pressure Ukraine into cooperating to combat cyber criminals. Last week both chambers of Congress passed proposals to give Ukraine $1 billion in economic assistance. While Sen. Warner supported that package, he still says it falls short because it didn't do anything to force their government to crack down on cyber criminals....
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This week, some lawmakers in the region introduced legislation to give federal workers a boost in pay. It's no secret why lawmakers from Maryland and Virginia are pushing a plan to bump federal workers' pay by 3.3 percent: Many of their voters are in the federal workforce. Easy enough. But even the president is only asking for a 1 percent hike. So are these local lawmakers j...
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Lawmakers in the region are pointing fingers over who's to blame for not extending long-term unemployment benefits. Before lawmakers left town last week, 10 senators unveiled a plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of last year. Now Speaker John Boehner is throwing cold water on the plan, saying it's unworkable for states to back pay benefi...
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Veterans groups have a long list of issues for Congress to address, but they say mental health remains their top priority. Now Virginia lawmakers say their state government also needs to step up to the plate. Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are presenting the Department of Veterans Affairs with new challenges. Paul Rieckhoff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans ...
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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner is helping lead a proposal through the upper chamber to overhaul Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. After the great recession, Democrats ushered through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, which put restrictions on big financial institutions. But Senator Warner says that act fell short because it didn't focus on the housing market. "T...
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Lawmakers in Maryland are pointing fingers over who’s to blame for the state’s poorly functioning health care website. Maryland officials are now looking to scrap their state’s poorly running health exchange website because countless thousands of people have been locked out. When Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was recently in town for a governor’s meeting, he told...
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says his new bill to eliminate unnecessary government reports could boost morale in the federal workforce. In recent years federal workers have had pay freezes and pay cuts from forced furlough days. Many were also locked out of their offices during the partial government shutdown. Senator Warner says on top of that, dozens of federal workers are re...
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This week Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski helped usher a bipartisan bill through the Senate intended to help families afford day care. It's no secret Washington is gridlocked. But North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr says they were able to reauthorize the day-care block grant program because of Senator Mikulski. "How did we get here? When you're partne...
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The marijuana lobby doesn't have as much cash as other groups, but they're making their presence known on Capitol Hill. Polls show a rapid evolution in American's thinking on pot policy, which Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association has witnessed first hand. "We did a lobby day 2010 when we founded the organization, and I think we had eight people out here ...
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is trying to usher through reforms to a federal child care program this week. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program hasn’t been reauthorized since 1996. Senator Mikulski says she and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have attempted to bring the legislation up to today’s standards in her reauthorization. “We've learned ...
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This latest winter storm gripping the region has caused some major disruptions in local and regional public transportation. Officials with Amtrak say they've trimmed schedules for their Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains due to the storm. Passengers should also expect fewer runs than normal on the system's Keystone Service, from Harrisburg through Philadelp...
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President Obama is expected to include a one percent pay increase for federal workers in his annual budget, a proposal that is receiving mixed reactions. Federal workers have faced furloughs and pay freezes in recent years. While a one percent pay raise beats that, Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says it's still not what the federal workforce needs. ...
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Many federal lawmakers are echoing Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. In some states felons can vote while in prison. In D.C., right after a ...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton gave local students a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol today. The eyes of about 60 students light up as they enter the expansive Capitol Rotunda. Holmes Norton is escorting them to the Martin Luther King Jr. statue. She says it's important they see his prominent placement in the most majestic part of the Capitol during Black History Month. But...
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Congressional staffers are being treated to freebies from around D.C. in the hopes that they'll help promote the city s diverse culture. The Capitol is always teeming with tourists, but the buzz on the Hill yesterday came from an unlikely source — staffers. Roughly 1,000 staffers came out to taste the city's diverse delicacies while also pocketing coupons from across town...
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Lawmakers in the region are calling for reforms to government security clearances as they continue to investigate the Navy Yard shooting. The mass shooting at the Navy Yard that left 13 dead and eight wounded was the second deadliest on a military base in the nation's history. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the wound hasn't healed for many. "We were hit very har...
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A group of U.S. senators is trying to rid the Capitol building of e-cigarettes. Just a few years ago the ornate Speaker's Lobby just off the House floor — where reporters huddle and politicians horse trade — was filled with clouds of cigarette smoke. Now even House Speaker John Boehner has to step outside on the balcony to get a smoke, though he still smokes in his off...
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The family of the woman who was fatally shot on the Capitol grounds after a car chase this fall is suing the government. The car chase left the Capitol in lockdown as senators and tourists scrambled as shots rang out on the Capitol grounds. The incident ended with the fatal sh...
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Area Republicans are upset that President Barack Obama plans to go over their heads as much as possible this year. The president has a lot of allies in the Democratic controlled Senate, but Republicans control the U.S. House. That means they hold the gavels and control the agenda in the lower chamber. So many in the GOP were offended to hear the president say he's planning to...