Kitty Felde Washington, D.C. Correspondent
Kitty Felde is KPCC's Washington, D.C. Correspondent.
Before moving to the nation's capital, Kitty hosted KPCC's "Talk of the City" from 1997-2006.
In addition to her work in Los Angeles, Felde has reported from Africa and The Hague on AIDS and the war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and Bosnia.
When Felde puts down her microphone, she puts on her pointed shoes in ballet class. She's also an award-winning playwright. Her work has been produced at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., and at various theaters in New York and Los Angeles. If you look very closely in Woody Allen's "Radio Days," you'll spot her playing the role of Mrs. Riley.
Stories by Kitty Felde
This is the time of year when most Washington politicians are packing their bags to head back to their home districts. But one L.A. congressman is packing up his family to move them closer to Capitol Hill. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
Some might characterize last night’s raucous health care debate in Alhambra as a battle between Democrats and Republicans. But one congressional leader says it’s really a disagreement between insurance “haves” and “have nots.” KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
The Democratic Party is taking the offensive in the health care debate. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says members say they’re ready for a lusty debate.
The California Democratic Party is rallying support on the Internet for a bill to push the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
By a 68-to-31 vote, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nine Republicans and the Senate’s two independents joined the Democrats to support the 55-year-old judge.
California’s U.S. senators cast two of the 68 “yes” votes today to confirm the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
It was hardly a surprise. But it was still dramatic. Just before 3, Senators started filing onto the floor, taking their places at tiny wooden desks, according to seniority. Both of California's Senators sit in the back row.
If you’ve been waiting to trade in your old “gas guzzler” for a more fuel-efficient model, keep your eye on Capitol Hill. Today the U.S. Senate is expected to approve the House version of a bill that doubles the amount of money available for the “Cash for Clunkers” program.
Starting this month, veterans of the post 9/11 era will be able to go to college on the “new G.I. Bill.” But a dispute over language nearly scuttled the back-to-school plans of California vets. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
Congress is considering legislation to require radio stations to pay musicians when they play their songs. Among those testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee were two top music stars. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports there wasn’t any singing, but there were plenty of sour notes for the radio industry.
Radio broadcasters didn’t get much love on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would require stations to pay musicians whose songs they play. Satellite and Internet radio already pays royalties to performers. So-called “free” radio stations don’t. The National Association of Broadcasters told the Senate Judiciary Committee that performers get something out of the deal: air time to promote their records and concerts.
Ran into a trio of Senate pages at the subway from the Capitol to the Senate office buildings. All three used the handy anti-bacterial dispenser. These free standing machines have popped up near elevators and cafeterias all over Capitol Hill.
This summer, the health care debate is coming to a town hall near you. The House of Representatives has adjourned for the summer, but members have been sent home to their districts with a mandate to carry on the discussion with local constituents. Lawmakers are armed with info – including a handy red, white and blue plastic "cheat sheet." KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
The Capitol building in Washington, DC is empty today. But last Friday afternoon, it looked like rush hour on the driveway outside. Cars were double-parked, waiting for House members to get out of the building and get home for the August recess. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde stepped back as the Congressional crowd headed for the exits.
While most House members left town Friday afternoon, those on the Energy and Commerce Committee worked late, trying to finish work on a health care bill. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde asked Nancy Pelosi’s right hand man “what’s next?”