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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Women have made great strides in holding elective office, but the playing field is anything but level.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her experiences as a young woman in the House.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched his push to increase the number of federal railroad bridge safety specialists nationwide today. It’s the latest chapter in what has become a months-long effort to cut down on the dangers of shipping oil.

Schumer revealed that there are currently just seven specialists overseeing audits for the Federal Railroad Administration. Less than 1 percent of the 70,000 to 100,000 privately-owned train bridges nationwide are audited in any given year. It would take 100 years, at that rate, to audit all of the bridges.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's tough decision between supporting the GOP party's standoff with President Barack Obama over homeland security funding and immigration or to back the funding of the department, which runs out of money on Friday, that directly effects her district, which shares a border with Canada. Eight private charter schools are filing suit in State Supreme Court against the New York State Public High School Athletic Association over requirements that make student athletes sit out a season after transferring.

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of Northern New York toured the region today to discuss education issues with students and faculty. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with the freshman lawmaker in Malta.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
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The youngest woman ever to serve in Congress held a ceremonial swearing in  Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
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U.S. Congresswoman-elect Elise Stefanik has been appointed to serve on two House committees. The Republican from New York’s north country’s 21st District was appointed to the Armed Services Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee yesterday. Stefanik, 30, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress after defeating Democrat Aaron Wolf and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello in November. Stefanik is replacing the retiring Democrat Bill Owens.