Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Look How Much Work It Takes for the Government to Buy Toilet PaperPosted January 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House Dem: GOP’s constitutional battle with Obama over immigration is just a ‘food fight’Posted January 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A House Democrat on Friday dismissed the Republican constitutional feud with the Obama administration over immigration as nothing more than a simple “food fight” that could damage U.S. national security.
“At a time of great international threat, daily threat, and daily threats to our homeland, Republicans have decided that they want to have a food fight with the president of the United States because he took executive action on immigration when they failed to act on immigration,” Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) told reporters after the Democratic retreat in Philadelphia.Read More »
Nancy Pelosi’s surprising answer when asked if most Dems will attend Netanyahu’s address to CongressPosted January 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked Friday if most Democrats would attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 joint address to Congress, and answered in a way that indicates some Democrats might skip it.
“I don’t know,” she told reporters in Philadelphia, after a House Democratic retreat.Read More »
Republicans are about to take another crack at repealing ObamacarePosted January 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans next week will call up and pass a bill to eliminate Obamacare, its first attempt at a full repeal in the new Republican-led Congress.
GOP leaders will consider legislation from a freshman House member, Rep. Brad Byrne (R-Ala.). While Republicans have passed repeal bills every year since they’ve controlled the House, Byrne and others are eager to watch the bill finally get a vote in the Senate.Read More »
Here comes the big immigration fight in the SenatePosted January 30, 2015 at 11:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate next week will finally start what could become a protracted fight over a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that also defunds President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday set up a Tuesday procedural vote on the DHS spending bill. Sixty senators will be needed to advance the bill, which means at least six Democrats will be needed.Read More »
Should the Government Be Spending $40,000 a Pop on Official Government Portraits?Posted January 30, 2015 at 10:17 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Going to the Super Bowl? Get pumped up…for a greener flight!Posted January 30, 2015 at 9:09 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Federal Aviation Administration put out a slick video Thursday boasting that people flying to Arizona for Super Bowl Sunday will get there on planes guided by a new generation of technology that will get them there more directly and with less fuel.
“If you’re a Seahawk that’s spreading its wings and departing Seattle, headed for Phoenix, then you want to get there knowing that your flight was green,” the FAA said. “NextGen technology flies more direct paths, flying fewer miles means burning less fuel, and less CO2, creating more clean air for all of the fans.”
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State Dept. says it won’t punish Israel’s ambassador for setting up Netanyahu visitPosted January 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department indicated Thursday that is was not considering any punishment for Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, after he helped arrange for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without telling the White House.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Obama administration officials are still “angry” over how the visit was orchestrated between Netanyahu and House Republicans, and how Netanyahu accepted without first clearing it with the White House.
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Senate Defies Obama, Passes Bill Approving Keystone PipelinePosted January 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz240 Comments »
Who’s the Person Mentioned in the Potentially Embarrassing Note Dropped in a Senate Hallway?Posted January 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate moves ahead with Iran sanctions bill over Obama’s objectionsPosted January 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate Banking Committee defied warnings from the White House on Thursday and advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it doesn’t agree to curb its nuclear ambitions by June.
The Obama administration has said it doesn’t want Congress passing any sanctions bills against Iran while it’s negotiating a nuclear deal. Republicans and Democrats have criticized the talks and said Iran has pushed for extensions to drag them out and give it more time to work on its nuclear program.Read More »
The Senate just advanced the Keystone pipeline bill and will pass it later todayPosted January 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward passing legislation that would approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.
After weeks of considering Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill, Republicans finally found enough Democrats to get over a procedural obstacle that required 60 votes. The Senate voted 62-35 in favor of ending debate on the bill, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill later in the day.Read More »
What John McCain Told Anti-War Protesters Who Interrupted a Senate Mtg Drew Applause From the RoomPosted January 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Feds Mobilize a Small Army to Help People With Obamacare TaxesPosted January 29, 2015 at 11:27 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Here’s what happens when other countries refuse to take back their criminal aliens. And here’s how the GOP wants to fix it.Posted January 29, 2015 at 9:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) proposed legislation this week that would block the issuance of U.S. visas to foreign diplomats if their home country doesn’t agree to take back their own citizens who commit serious crimes in America.
Under current U.S. law, aliens who commit crimes must be repatriated back to their country of origin. But when their home countries refuse to accept them, they are eventually set free again in the United States.Read More »
Census Says One in Five U.S. Children Using Food StampsPosted January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Trey Gowdy threatens to subpoena State Dept. officials over BenghaziPosted January 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday threatened to issue subpoenas to compel State Department officials to testify before his Select Committee on Benghazi.
Gowdy made that threat in a statement that said he would continue to run his committee according to rules already agreed to by the House, after he offered to work with Democrats to improve those rules. Among other things, Democrats this week argued it’s unfair that only Republicans can issue subpoenas.Read More »
How Loretta Lynch Dodged a Key Question on Obama’s Immigration PlanPosted January 28, 2015 at 3:54 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
New day in the Senate: GOP pledges to attack the deficit and debtPosted January 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is promising to push for passage of budgets in the Senate that move away from the huge annual deficits seen in the last several years.
Enzi chaired the first hearing of the new committee on Wednesday, and said the committee is meeting just as the national debt hit $18 trillion. Enzi said his committee would start by passing a budget — passing any budget would be a big change in the Senate, which skipped several years of budget work under Democratic leadership.Read More »
AG nominee Loretta Lynch has one big advantage in the Senate: She’s not Eric HolderPosted January 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Republicans indicated Wednesday that they might be willing to accept President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next attorney general, in large part because the nominee isn’t Eric Holder.
Obama nominated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Holder, and on Wednesday, GOP senators seemed to appreciate her competence and her earlier visits with then to discuss how she might do the job. But it also seemed clear that part of her smooth nomination hearing had a lot to do with who she wasn’t.Read More »
Obama’s AG pick defends legality of White House’s immigration actionPosted January 28, 2015 at 11:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The nominee to be the next Attorney General on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, and backed up the Department of Justice’s assessment of whether that action was legal.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, and was expected to be pressed repeatedly on the legality of Obama’s immigration action, as well as other actions from Obama that the GOP opposes.Read More »
Rand Paul, 30 other senators renew call to audit the Federal ReservePosted January 28, 2015 at 10:23 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and dozens of other senators have re-introduced legislation that would require a full audit of the Federal Reserve, a step many conservatives have demanded in order to get a better grip on how monetary policy has affected the lives of millions of Americans.
“A complete and thorough audit of the Fed will finally allow the American people to know exactly how their money is being spent by Washington,” Paul said Wednesday. “The Fed currently operates under a cloak of secrecy and it has gone on for too long.”Read More »
If a corrupt or negligent VA official gets a bonus, that’s just fine with the VAPosted January 28, 2015 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it’s really not sure if Congress should pass a bill that would let it take back cash bonuses awarded to employees that are later discovered to be corrupt or negligent.
Statements from two VA officials stunned members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, some of whom are pushing for ways to claw back undeserving bonuses in an effort to fix what still appears to be a broken and corrupt VA.Read More »
HHS says 9.5 million are enrolled in Obamacare, more than its November estimatePosted January 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 9.5 million people were signed up in an Obamacare health plan as of this week, above the roughly 9 million HHS was hoping for this year.
Obamacare is current in its second annual enrollment phase, and people can sign up for a health insurance program through February 15 before the enrollment window closes.Read More »
U.S., Cuba admit they don’t trust each other…as they’re supposedly trying to rebuild their relationshipPosted January 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro and the U.S. State Department have each confessed within the last 24 hours that they don’t trust each other.
But that isn’t stopping both countries from trying to formalize diplomatic relations for the first time in years. The U.S. and Cuba met just last week in Havana, and Cuban officials will likely come to the U.S. in the coming weeks to continue those meetings.Read More »
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