Juana Summers

Juana Summers is a congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primaries and general election. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. She then traveled with Paul Ryan after he accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination. After the 2012 election, Summers began covering defense policy and veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Summers has her reporting roots in Missouri. She has covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM.

Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in media management from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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3:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Homeland Security Funding Bill Caught Up In House

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:13 pm

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It's All Politics
11:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rep. Boehner: House Has 'Done Its Job' On Homeland Security Funding

House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Wednesday: "The House has done its job to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president's overreach on immigration. We're waiting for the Senate to do their job."
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Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:46 pm

Update at 6 p.m. ET: Senate To Move Forward On Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday afternoon that they would move forward with a vote on a so-called "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, meaning it would have no policy provisions attached targeting President Obama's immigration policy.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm

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2:34 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

The Senate Finance Committee has one of the more straightforward names on Capitol Hill. Others, like the education committee, have seen frequent name changes to reflect party priorities.
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Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 6:49 pm

Earlier this year, just a couple of weeks into the new Congress, David Stacy and his co-workers at the Human Rights Campaign found out about something they weren't expecting, something most of us wouldn't raise an eyebrow at.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn decided to change the name of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee he is now chairman of. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights dropped the "civil rights" and "human rights." Now it's just the Constitution subcommittee.

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Pope Francis is cheered by the faithful as he arrives for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 11:41 am

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.

Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24, Boehner said, as part of his first papal visit to the United States.

"We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," the Ohio Republican told reporters.

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Politics
4:59 am
Wed February 4, 2015

House Votes Again To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 9:44 pm

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Politics
3:06 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 5:28 pm

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Politics
4:11 am
Fri January 23, 2015

House Approves Measure That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

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Politics
4:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

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4:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Republicans Charge Obama Isn't Serious About Working With Them

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

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