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
Labor wars continue on Capitol Hill. Last week, the fight was over union organizing and funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. Now, it’s about Boeing’s attempt to move a manufacturing plant from Seattle to South Carolina. Southern California GOP congressman Darrell Issa has fired the latest salvo.
Labor issues were at the heart of the dispute over funding the Federal Aviation Administration. Language in a long term funding bill changed the way votes were counted for airline employees deciding whether to unionize.
The California Republican Party is busy getting its signature collecting machine up and running because it's upset about the new legislative district maps from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Those maps could give Democrats a tighter grip in the state legislature, and the Republicans are planning to ask the voters to stop it.
Perhaps the most influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill are the 87 Republican freshmen in the House. They pushed the GOP leadership to eliminate any proposal to raise taxes during the battle over the debt ceiling. Some veteran House members are now reflecting on the new kids on the Hill.
Spotted a bright yellow sign on the front lawn of the Vice President's house reading "loan modifications." Wonder if that refers to the house at the Naval Observatory or the nation's debt problems.
Most of Congress has left town for August, but not the House Ethics Committee. On Friday, the committee released an update on cases it’s investigating. This time, there weren’t any Californians on the list.
There's lots of backroom maneuvering on Capitol Hill to decide who will sit on the so-called "super" committee. That bipartisan group of twelve will be charged with finding a trillion and a half dollars in cuts over the next decade.
There could be a tough political battle in the newly redrawn 38th Congressional district: The cities contained in the new district are currently represented by two different Latina House members.
If you listen to the buzz in the nearly empty halls of Congress, there's likely to be one Californian on the so-called "super" committee: LA Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra. His name keeps cropping up in the "who should be on it" articles for two reasons: he's the number two guy in the Democratic caucus and he sits on the House Ways and Means Committee - the one that writes tax law.
Congress cut a deal to raise the debt ceiling, but Democrats and Republicans are still fighting over money for the Federal Aviation Administration. The dispute could cost more than a billion dollars in lost ticket taxes. The issue, says Democrats, involves labor law.
A new poll shows disdain for the way Congress handled the debt ceiling negotiations.
Congress has passed, and the president has signed, a bill raising the debt ceiling and cutting $2 trillion in federal spending. Lawmakers are now leaving Washington for their August recess, but expect the rhetoric over deficit cutting to continue.
Reporters asked Democratic Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota if he had a dog in this fight and begged him to throw them a bone. The dog is named Dakota, by the way.
There were three California Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling - Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, and Duncan Hunter. And there were 13 California Democrats who voted for it - Karen Bass, Howard Berman, Lois Capps, Jim Costa, Susan Davis, Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier, and Mike Thompson.
The House of Representatives has approved legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent a possible U.S. default, as the nation moves toward ending a bitter standoff. The bill passed by a vote of 269 to 161; it required only a simple majority to pass. The $2 trillion in federal spending cuts proceeds now to the Senate for a vote.