Congress http://wrvo.org en Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushing-legislation-increase-political-donation-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With election season here, escaping the volley of political ads that are the hallmark of political campaigns will only get harder. In response, New York Democrat Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping lead a fight in the Senate to force outside groups funding those ads to disclose their donors.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:50 +0000 Matt Laslo 57912 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name http://wrvo.org/post/congressional-pressure-builds-redskins-change-name <p></p><p>An effort led by the Oneida Indian Nation to have Washington D.C.'s professional football team change its name has gained more support from members of Congress.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell urging the league to take a stand for the Washington Redskins to change its team name.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51169 at http://wrvo.org Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name With robocalls rising, Schumer pushes for tougher enforcement http://wrvo.org/post/robocalls-rising-schumer-pushes-tougher-enforcement <p></p><p>Despite the national "do not call" list, the number of telemarketer violations has tripled in New York state.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer says that likely has to do with companies using computer-generated robocalls to target households.</p><p>Schumer has introduced a new bill, called the QUIET Act, that he says will strengthen penalties against companies that violate the rules. He says new technology is allowing robocallers to skirt the current laws.</p><p>"The robocall industry is blatantly ignoring federal laws, so we have to fight fire with fire," Schumer said.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:34:23 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50936 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Hanna positive about State of the Union http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-hanna-positive-about-state-union <p>Central New York congressmen are generally reacting positively to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Fellow democrat and Syracuse-area representative Dan Maffei said he agrees with the president that Washington should focus on creating new jobs and expanding economic opportunities.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:20:03 +0000 WRVO News 50658 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-farm-bill-deal-good-new-york-farmers <p></p><p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s “a good day” for upstate New York farmers now that there is a deal in the House of Representatives and Senate for a Farm Bill.</p><p>Congress is expected to begin voting on the bill later today. The five year farm bill, agreed upon in committees on Monday, reduces crop subsidies and increases crop insurance.</p><p>Farm Bills were first written during the Great Depression. This latest one took two years of negotiation.</p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the bill is especially good for small dairy farmers and maple sugar tappers in New York.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50539 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers Maffei introducing new legislation to strengthen probation system http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-introducing-new-legislation-strengthen-probation-system <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:39:01 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48124 at http://wrvo.org Maffei introducing new legislation to strengthen probation system "Disgusted" over shutdown, Maffei says he's working with both sides http://wrvo.org/post/disgusted-over-shutdown-maffei-says-hes-working-both-sides <p>Rep. Dan Maffei told constituents Tuesday evening he shares in their frustration over the federal government&#39;s shutdown, saying there will be serious consequences if it drags on.</p><p>The Democrat from Syracuse even agreed with one caller&#39;s claim that Congress&#39; inability to act was &quot;disgusting.&quot;</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 01:34:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45027 at http://wrvo.org "Disgusted" over shutdown, Maffei says he's working with both sides Thomas Mann on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/thomas-mann-campbell-conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">What's the problem with Congress?&nbsp; Why can't it find compromises on the most basic issues?&nbsp; In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant&nbsp;Reeher</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;explores those questions with Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/mannt" target="_blank"><strong>Brookings Institution</strong></a> and the co-author of "<a href="http://www.ama Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:49:29 +0000 Grant Reeher 44827 at http://wrvo.org Thomas Mann on The Campbell Conversations Cuomo says Washington gridlock won't affect Obamacare in NY http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-washington-gridlock-wont-affect-obamacare-ny <p></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:31:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44420 at http://wrvo.org Hanna, Owens support delaying vote on Syria http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-owens-support-delaying-vote-syria <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:18:57 +0000 WRVO News 44070 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-owens-talk-about-upcoming-syria-vote <p>While Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to take military action against Syria, two local members of Congress are still considering all the facts. Syracuse-area Democrat Dan Maffei says he is looking at the big picture, but says he still has questions that need to be answered, including how it will impact American service members.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:44:34 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43687 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote Maffei discusses upcoming presidential visit http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-discusses-upcoming-presidential-visit <p>President Obama will be in<a href="http://wrvo.org/post/president-obama-make-stop-syracuse"><strong> </strong>Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton next week</a> to discuss his plan for reducing college costs, but Rep. Dan Maffei hopes the president makes a stop in Auburn, too.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:41:04 +0000 Gino Geruntino 42657 at http://wrvo.org Maffei discusses upcoming presidential visit Maffei holds workshops to assist first reponders in getting grants http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-holds-workshops-assist-first-reponders-getting-grants <p></p><p>Local fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations are learning how to apply and qualify for federal grants at a series of grant writing workshops held by Rep. Dan Maffei. Those funds can be used to pay for needed equipment, recruiting or vehicles.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:24:26 +0000 Gino Geruntino 42486 at http://wrvo.org Maffei holds workshops to assist first reponders in getting grants Activists walk Auburn to promote Tubman national park http://wrvo.org/post/activists-walk-auburn-promote-tubman-national-park <p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:14:40 +0000 WRVO News 42152 at http://wrvo.org Activists walk Auburn to promote Tubman national park Gillibrand explains her 'no' vote on student loan compromise http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-explains-her-no-vote-student-loan-compromise <p>New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn’t be tied to market rates.</p><p>Congress let interest rates on government subsidized student loans double on July first to nearly seven percent. Last week <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/schumer-happy-student-loan-interest-rate-compromise?" target="_blank">lawmakers worked out a deal</a> to allow rates to be tied to 10 year Treasury notes. That temporarily lowered the rates again.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41848 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand explains her 'no' vote on student loan compromise Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-happy-student-loan-interest-rate-compromise <p></p><p>New York's senior U.S. senator says the compromise on student loans Congress is scheduled to take up on Tuesday is a good one, even if it's not exactly what he wanted.</p><p>Interest rates on government issued subsidized student loans doubled on July 1, after Congress failed to renew the program. But late last week, <a href="http://business.time.com/2013/07/22/congress-nears-deal-on-student-loan-rates-spoiler-alert-theyre-going-up/" target="_blank">several lawmakers announced a compromise</a> that will bring rates back down, at least for now.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:25:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41497 at http://wrvo.org Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise Hanna introduces bill offering tax breaks for emergency responders http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-introduces-bill-offering-tax-breaks-emergency-responders <p>When Mahlon Irish became a Homer volunteer firefighter in 1974, it was common for 60 people to head out to a fire. Now, it can be difficult to get the 12 firefighters national standards call for to a working blaze. The decline in the number of volunteers through the years is blamed on many things -- from extensive training required to changing family dynamics. But the expense of being a volunteer is also an issue, says Irish, using the cost of gasoline as an example.<br> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:59:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41316 at http://wrvo.org Hanna introduces bill offering tax breaks for emergency responders Area advocates worry about sequestration effect on regional non-profits http://wrvo.org/post/area-advocates-worry-about-sequestration-effect-regional-non-profits <p>The automatic federal budget cuts that are slated to go into effect in March would have a big impact on programs that help the poor and elderly in Syracuse.&nbsp; Advocates for these programs are urging Congress to do something to prevent the across-the-board spending cuts knows as sequestration. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:12:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33531 at http://wrvo.org Area advocates worry about sequestration effect on regional non-profits Maffei answers questions on immigration, gun control http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-answers-questions-immigration-gun-control <p>At a news conference in Auburn, central New York Cong. Dan Maffei commented on a couple of hot-button issues facing Congress currently. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:42:28 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32750 at http://wrvo.org Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-talks-gun-control-small-business-and-term-limits <p>Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, is taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach to new gun control legislation, but he has gotten the opinion of at least one high school class in his district. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:39:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31758 at http://wrvo.org Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits Fiscal Cliff deal is good news for small business http://wrvo.org/post/fiscal-cliff-deal-good-news-small-business <p>While <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/house-votes-pass-senate-bill-despite-gop-calls-cuts" target="_blank">the Fiscal Cliff deal passed by Congress</a> at the turn of the New Year raised taxes on some of the wealthiest people in America, it left many tax breaks in place that benefit small businesses. That is, along as they take advantage of them. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:27:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31541 at http://wrvo.org Ann Marie Buerkle on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/ann-marie-buerkle-campbell-conversations-0 <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt">Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle recently ended her term the way she first ran for the office—standing up for conservative principles. She voted against the fiscal cliff compromise, on the grounds that it did not address the deficit and government over-spending.&nbsp; But she was defeated last November by Dan Maffei, the man she unseated in 2010.</span></font></p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:55:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 31518 at http://wrvo.org Wind energy tax credit extension means "big sigh of relief" http://wrvo.org/post/wind-energy-tax-credit-extension-means-big-sigh-relief <p>With several tax <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/extension-wind-energy-production-tax-credit-likely-trigger-rush-components" target="_blank">credits and incentives for the wind industry extended</a> by Congress for at least another year, wind projects in upstate New York can move forward with a little more confidence. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:41:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31511 at http://wrvo.org Wind energy tax credit extension means "big sigh of relief" Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk http://wrvo.org/post/deal-reached-stop-6-gallon-milk <p>Congress seems to have reached a deal to stop milk prices from rising to a warned about $6 a gallon in the New Year, but it's unclear if it will be voted on before the end of 2012. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:35:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31249 at http://wrvo.org Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk "Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress http://wrvo.org/post/redshirt-sophomore-maffei-ready-return-congress <p>Members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in January 3 -- and part of the new Congress will be a familiar face returning to Washington to represent the Syracuse area in a redistricted seat. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:45:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31224 at http://wrvo.org "Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress Maffei ready to deal with fiscal cliff if need be http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-ready-deal-fiscal-cliff-if-need-be <p>He won't be sworn in until January, but congressman-elect Dan Maffei is carefully watching the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:57:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30701 at http://wrvo.org Maffei ready to deal with fiscal cliff if need be Immigration legislation could help those with STEM degrees http://wrvo.org/post/immigration-legislation-could-help-those-stem-degrees <p>New legislation would allow 55,000 thousand green cards to be earmarked for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math has made it through the House of Representatives. But the bill still has an uphill battle ahead. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:25:16 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30148 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says Sandy costs reach $41 billion http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-sandy-costs-reach-41-billion <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says Hurricane Sandy caused more damage than Hurricane Katrina, and is now asking for $41 billion from the federal government. Cuomo says New York’s congressional delegation has promised the help. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:46:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29693 at http://wrvo.org Schumer: compromise is key to avoiding fiscal cliff http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-compromise-key-avoiding-fiscal-cliff <p>The focus in Washington, D.C. is now on the so-called "fiscal cliff," which describes the automatic budget cuts and tax hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year if Congress and the president don't come to an agreement to reduce the deficit.&nbsp; Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those saying that the election was a mandate for compromise. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 29010 at http://wrvo.org Buerkle hopes for a farm bill extension http://wrvo.org/post/buerkle-hopes-farm-bill-extension <p>Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is concerned that the House of Representatives has not yet passed a farm bill. The current one is scheduled to expire September 30, but Congress is scheduled to finish its work this week and passage of a farm bill does not look likely.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:55:39 +0000 Catherine Loper 26267 at http://wrvo.org