Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Thousands of ‘Lost’ Lois Lerner Emails Suddenly Found by IRS WatchdogPosted November 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Lawmakers propose $5 million reward for info on Americans kidnapped, beheaded by Islamic StatePosted November 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
More than a dozen House lawmakers have introduced a bill creating a $5 million reward for information about the members of Islamic State who kidnapped and publicly murdered three Americans — James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff.
The State Department has a Rewards for Justice program that it can use to offer cash payments for information about Americans who are taken or killed overseas. The bill from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and others would require State to offer a reward for the Islamic State murders under that program.Read More »
Eric Holder Tells Cops to ‘Minimize Needless Confrontation’ as Ferguson Decision LoomsPosted November 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP lawmakers propose ‘Separation of Powers Act’ to thwart ObamaPosted November 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Republicans have introduced new legislation to block the federal government from implementing President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The “Separation of Powers Act,” from Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.), would stop funding for any deferred deportation action under Obama’s plan, and also stop funding for any new green cards that would be created by the White House. It’s one version of a bill that could be considered by House Republicans when they get back from the Thanksgiving break.Read More »
Steve King: The midterm election shows GOP shouldn’t fear a government shutdownPosted November 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for Republicans to shut down the government over President Barack Obama’s immigration action, and scoffs at the notion that a shutdown would do irreparable harm to Republicans.
In a Thursday interview with TheBlaze, King noted that while Democrats warned voters would punish Republicans for the 2013 government shutdown, voters instead rewarded the GOP with more House seats and a new majority in the Senate.Read More »
Terrorists, Spies, Criminals, Rapists Could Escape Deportation Under Obama’s Immigration ActionPosted November 21, 2014 at 11:56 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare ImplementationPosted November 21, 2014 at 10:59 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Jonathan Gruber Called to Testify in House Committee Over ‘Stupidity of American Voter’ CommentsPosted November 21, 2014 at 10:12 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
John Boehner: ‘The House will, in fact, act’Posted November 21, 2014 at 9:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised Friday morning that the House would take some action to fight back against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, although he said Republicans were still working through the details on what exact steps they would take.
“We’re working with our members, looking at the options that are available to us,” he told reporters. “But I will say to you, the House will, in fact, act.”Read More »
Republicans Have Three-Month Window to Figure Out How to Fight Obama’s Immigration PlanPosted November 21, 2014 at 8:31 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP to Americans: Stand Up Against Obama’s Plan to Create Workforce of Illegal ImmigrantsPosted November 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Darrell Issa: Obama Administration Pulled a ‘Gruber’ by Overstating Obamacare Enrollment DataPosted November 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Day of Hope: First VA official fired under new proceduresPosted November 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Months after Congress passed legislation making it easier to fire officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the first official has finally been fired under the new process.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald had come under fire from members of Congress over the last few months for not using the process against the many officials who played a role in the VA health care scandal, or those involved in other scandals.Read More »
Can Congress defund Obama’s immigration action?Posted November 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Questions emerged Thursday among House Republicans on whether Congress has the authority to defund parts of the federal government that will be tasked with implementing President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Many Republicans are proposed so-called “defunding” language as a way to prevent Obama from imposing his changes to U.S. immigration policy, in a way that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.Read More »
Harry Reid admits Obama’s immigration move likely means permanent relief for millionsPosted November 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) admitted on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will essentially amount to permanent relief for millions of illegal immigrants, given how difficult it would be even for a Republican president to reverse Obama’s action.
In a briefing with reporters, Reid was asked how comfortable illegal immigrants should feel under Obama’s plan, given that it will technically be temporary in nature because it’s being done by executive order. But Reid indicated the decision will have the effect of being permanent because it will likely be impossible to reverse it once it takes effect, in light of how popular it will be for millions of immigrants and their families.Read More »
GOP senator: ‘Why would anyone trust this administration’ after release of illegal immigrants with criminal recordsPosted November 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned Wednesday that there’s little reason to trust that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will protect American citizens, as the administration has already violated its own policy regarding the release of illegal immigrants with criminal records.
Grassley wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson reminding him that the Obama administration released 36,007 criminal aliens back into the United States in 2013, including 169 who were convicted of homicide. That released occurred despite a formal policy that said criminal aliens must be deported.Read More »
Watch: McConnell blasts immigration move as an Obama legacy projectPosted November 20, 2014 at 10:26 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of pursuing his controversial executive action on immigration not to help the country, but to secure some kind of legacy for his presidency.
“Just as with Obamacare, the action the president is proposing isn’t about solutions, it isn’t about compassion,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “It seems to be about what a political party thinks would make for good politics.”Read More »
The Government Has a Hotline You Can Call If You Need Help Cooking Your Thanksgiving TurkeyPosted November 20, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Sessions says Obama now ‘Emperor of the United States’Posted November 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is now emperor of the United States, as he is about to impose changes to immigration law unilaterally.
“President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because ‘I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed,’ ” Sessions said.Read More »
Harry Reid implies illegal immigrants aren’t ‘real criminals’Posted November 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that illegal immigrants should not be forced by the government to comply with U.S. immigration laws, and that law enforcement officials should instead focus on “real criminals.”
“I hope he does it as soon as possible,” Reid said on the Senate floor on President Barack Obama’s pending executive action on immigration. “His executive action will help keep families together and focus law enforcement resources on real criminals.”Read More »
‘Slap in the face’: GOP chairmen blast Obama’s immigration movePosted November 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The chairmen of the House committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security warned President Barack Obama on Wednesday that his plan to act alone on immigration is a sharp rebuke to Congress that will force members to pass legislation to stop him.
“We join our fellow members of Congress in expressing our disappointment in your continued efforts to bypass congressional authority,” chairmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote.Read More »
Secret Service (finally) admits: No one was disciplined after agency misled public on White House fence jumperPosted November 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The acting director of the Secret Service admitted Wednesday that the agency never disciplined any of its public affairs officials, even though those officials appear to have violated the Secret Service’s own internal code about being honest.
Joseph Clancy was bombarded with questions about the September incident in which an armed man jumped over the White House fence and was finally stopped inside the White House by an off-duty official. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the incoming chair of the House Oversight Committee, started by noting that the Secret Service said the man was “physically apprehended after engineer the White House north portico doors.”Read More »
Boehner Spokesman Warns ‘Emperor Obama’ Against Friday Immigration ActionPosted November 19, 2014 at 11:39 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Secret Service director says White House fence jumper incident was ‘simply inexcusable’Posted November 19, 2014 at 11:05 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Joseph Clancy, acting director of the United States Secret Service, admitted Wednesday that his agency has no excuse for allowing a man to jump the White House fence and make it all the way into the White House.
“The fence jumping incident on September 19, 2014, was simply inexcusable,” Clancy said in prepared testimony for a House Judiciary Committee hearing schedule for 10 a.m.Read More »
Dems want CBO to examine ‘carbon footprint’ of all bills presented in CongressPosted November 19, 2014 at 8:55 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Three House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the Congressional Budget Office to produce a “carbon score” for legislation, in the same way CBO creates a budget score for bills.
Under the bill from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), CBO would “estimate and report the projected carbon footprint of bills considered before Congress.” He introduced his bill just as Congress was considering the Keystone XL pipeline, a project he said would be rejected if the scope of its ‘carbon footprint’ were known.Read More »
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- Lawmakers propose $5 million reward for info on Americans kidnapped, beheaded by Islamic State
- Debunking Obama immigration 'facts'
- GOP lawmakers propose 'Separation of Powers Act' to thwart Obama
- Steve King: The midterm election shows GOP shouldn't fear a government shutdown