Eric McDaniel Eric McDaniel is a congressional reporter for NPR's Washington Desk.
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Eric McDaniel

Eric McDaniel

Congressional Reporter

Eric McDaniel is a congressional reporter for NPR's Washington Desk.

Before covering Congress, McDaniel reported on climate policy and launched the daily NPR Politics Podcast, where he served as editor for more than a thousand episodes.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of Virginia.

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Wednesday

Why it's been so difficult for Speaker Johnson, in particular, to cut a spending deal

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Tuesday

President Biden and Vice President Harris met with House Speaker Mike Johnson and other top congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss government funding and Ukraine aid. Roberto Schmidt/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional leaders hope to avoid a shutdown. But Ukraine aid is still unclear

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Monday

Lawmakers have another self-imposed shutdown deadline on Friday

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Friday

The U.S. Department of Justice is seen in June 2023. A former FBI informant has been indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI. His claims about President Biden were shared by Republicans pushing for an impeachment inquiry into the president. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

The House has voted along party lines to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The Senate is not expected to convict him or expel him from office. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bipartisan Senate majority passes $95 billion foreign aid package

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Tuesday

How the Republican support for the border bill evaporated

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Monday

Thursday

House votes to expand tax benefit that could lift millions of kids out of poverty

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Tuesday

A House committee approved articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S. border with Mexico. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Friday

Despite pressure from Trump, Senate border negotiations forge ahead

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Thursday

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Republican senators that the politics of the border have shifted, referencing former President Trump's desire to make immigration a centerpiece of his campaign. Mariam Zuhaib/AP hide caption

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Senate border negotiations forge ahead despite pressure from Trump

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Friday

Congress averts government shutdown. Passes another short-term funding bill

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Thursday

Saturday

John Kerry, President Biden's climate envoy, delivers a speech during the U.N. climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 15, 2022. Kerry is planning to leave his role. Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Republicans have begun the process to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress

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Monday

Congressional leaders reach an agreement on overall government spending

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Sunday

Congressional leaders struck an agreement to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. The deal still needs to get through Congress, where it is likely to face opposition from conservatives. Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional leaders reach a deal to fund the government, avert a shutdown

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Friday

House Democrats say foreign entities paid Trump firms millions during his presidency

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Thursday