Lisa Mascaro

Writer

Lisa Mascaro covers Congress in Washington, D.C. She writes about U.S. policy, economics and political culture. A Los Angeles-area native, she has reported across Southern California, edited, traveled the States and worked in Texas. While the Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun, she contributed as the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. An economics and political science graduate of UC Santa Barbara, she also studied in Budapest, Hungary.

Recent Articles

  • House overwhelmingly votes to effectively bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees

    House overwhelmingly votes to effectively bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees

    — Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terror attacks, House Republicans — joined by some Democrats — overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday that would effectively halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States. But faced with a White House veto,...

  • With budget deal, Maryland businesses breathe sigh of relief

    With budget deal, Maryland businesses breathe sigh of relief

    It wasn't until the wee hours of Friday morning that Congress finally passed a two-year deal that staves off harsh spending reductions and averts a credit default, setting aside most of the big fights over the federal budget for the remainder of President Barack Obama's term. At $80 billion, the...

  • Marylanders brace for possible U.S. government shutdown

    Marylanders brace for possible U.S. government shutdown

    Rino Imperiale has a message for Washington as the possibility looms of a second government shutdown in two years. "Time to be adults," he said. "Time to find solutions. Time to stop the bickering. Time to do what's best for the country." Imperiale, a retired naval officer who works at Aberdeen...

  • Congress approves overhaul of NSA surveillance

    Congress approves overhaul of NSA surveillance

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to the most sweeping rollback of government surveillance powers in the post-Sept. 11-era, clearing the way for a new program that bans the National Security Agency from collecting and storing Americans' telephone dialing records. The Senate's 67-32 vote reflected...

  • Senate considers deal to avoid partial Homeland Security shutdown

    Senate considers deal to avoid partial Homeland Security shutdown

    Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, declared his administration would curtail deportation of immigrants despite a loss in court earlier this month....

  • Obama budget calls for reversing deep spending cuts

    President Barack Obama revived his call Thursday for an end to deep cuts in federal spending, an appeal that fell squarely in the divide between Republicans in Congress who want to rein in costs and those who want to boost the Pentagon's budget. Obama has repeatedly asked Congress to "fully reverse"...

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