Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
House Authorizes Obama’s Plan to Arm, Train Syrian RebelsPosted September 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Lawmaker slams Obama, Biden, Kerry as ‘three senators… exercising terrible judgment’ on Islamic State authorityPosted September 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee criticized President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry for failing to seek proper congressional authority to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State, and said this failure is all the more unbelievable given that they all served in the Senate.
“We have three senators — the president, vice president, and secretary of State — that are exercising terrible judgment right now,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a hearing where Kerry was testifying.Read More »
IRS: Reports that Lois Lerner’s emails were backed up are ‘erroneous’Posted September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday dismissed recent press reports saying that the lost emails of former IRS employee Lois Lerner might still be recoverable.
In August, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch said it was told by an IRS lawyer that Lerner’s emails still exist and were backed up in some form. That led to GOP complaints that Koskinen didn’t tell the whole truth about the status of those emails in various hearings before Congress.Read More »
Texas lawmaker says U.S. government should only speak EnglishPosted September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) proposed legislation this week that would declare English as the official language of the federal government.
“The English language has long been a unifying aspect of the United States,” Stockman said in a letter to House colleagues seeking support for the bill.Read More »
The House just voted for a full audit of the Federal ReservePosted September 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve, an action more and more members support in light of the Fed’s increasing importance and role in the U.S. economy.
Republican leaders called up the Federal Reserve Transparency Act on Tuesday, and approved it in a 333-92 vote Wednesday afternoon — all but one of the “no” votes came from Democrats. The bill calls for a full audit of the Fed, including its private discussions related to monetary policy, by the Government Accountability Office.Read More »
Can You Catch the Difference Between How Trey Gowdy and Elijah Cummings Recite the Benghazi Victims’ Names at Wednesday’s Hearing?Posted September 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz260 Comments »
Nancy Pelosi on possible Obama request for ground troops: ‘Whatever it is, I’m against it’Posted September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that should would oppose any request from President Barack Obama to introduce ground troops into Iraq again.
That possibility was raised on Tuesday, when Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said circumstances could change in Iraq, which could require U.S. ground troops at some future point in order to fight the Islamic State more effectively.Read More »
One Dem’s proposal for the NFL: Tax the league, use the money for domestic violence programsPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation this week that would end the tax-exempt status of the National Football League and other professional sports leagues, and use the tax revenue to fund domestic violence programs.
Booker’s announcement came just as the NFL has come under increased scrutiny on the issue of domestic violence, as Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended from the league after a video surfaced in which he punches his wife unconscious in an elevator. Another running back, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, has been suspended after he was indicted for child abuse.Read More »
House slaps down IRS for using personal emails for workPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
In a late Tuesday night vote, the House easily passed legislation that would prohibit all IRS officials from using their personal email for work-related purposes.
It was one in a series of bills aimed at reining abuses at the IRS and elsewhere in the government. Members also approved a bill making it easier to punish senior officials for misbehavior, and making it harder for them to stay on administrative leave with pay.Read More »
Ted Cruz Says Obama’s Plan for Islamic State is ‘Defined by Its Confusion’Posted September 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Good news on Ebola: Health official confident U.S. healthcare system can contain the virusPosted September 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A top U.S. health official warned Tuesday that the Ebola virus is “ferocious and spreading exponentially” in Western Africa, but said the U.S. healthcare system should be able to prevent an outbreak in North America.
“It is important to note that we do not view ebola as a significant public health threat to the United States,” said Beth Bell, who directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.Read More »
The debt-ridden federal government is encouraging people to pay down their debtPosted September 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is encouraging people to save money for retirement and make plans to pay down debt, advice the federal government itself hasn’t taken in more than a decade.
Labor posted an article on its website called “Do the Math — and Save” that directs people to several online tools they can use to estimate how much they need to save for retirement, develop a cash-flow plan, and “make a plan to reduce debt.”Read More »
Census Bureau: Noncitizen income rose 15 times faster than income of native U.S. workers in 2013Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that household income for noncitizens working in the United States rose 6.0 percent between 2012 and 2013, 15 times more than the paltry 0.4 percent increase for households led by native-born U.S. workers.
Census said income households led by foreign-born workers, which includes noncitizens and naturalized citizens, rose 1.7 percent over the same period of time. That’s still about four times higher than the 0.4 percent increase for native born workers.Read More »
Dems Downplay Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Probe, Say All Questions Have Been ‘Investigated and Answered’Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Republicans slam report that shows taxpayers are funding elective abortionsPosted September 16, 2014 at 10:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republican leaders on Tuesday blasted a new government report indicating that taxpayer money is likely being used to subsidize the purchase of health care plans that cover abortion services, even though Democrats explicitly promised that public money would not be used to fund abortion.
The GAO report was produced at the request of House Republican leaders, who said it’s example of a broken promise by President Barack Obama and his supporters.Read More »
Arizona senators dare to ask: Why haven’t any VA officials been fired?Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:11 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to quickly fire VA officials involved in the health care scandal, and are asking why nothing has happened several weeks after Congress passed a bill allowing the VA to quickly dismiss or demote employees.
“[W]e stress the importance of taking swift action and using the authority Congress has provided you to quickly remove the senior leaders at the VA who perpetrated the scandal of denied and delayed care for our nation’s heroes,” they wrote McDonald on Monday.Read More »
House to require reporting every three months on Obama’s Syria planPosted September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House Armed Services Committee on Monday introduced language that authorizes President Barack Obama to arm and train Syrian fighters against the Islamic State, but it also requires the administration to provide progress reports every three months.
The committee proposed the language as an amendment to a short-term government funding bill that the House is expected to pass this week. But as expected, Republicans were thought to be adding language that requires the Obama administration to give Congress constant updates about how its plan to arm Syrian rebels is faring.
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Obama forced to withdraw controversial Justice Department nomineePosted September 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday formally withdrew a controversial choice to be an assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department, after the Senate — including seven Democrats — rejected the nominee earlier this year. The White House announced the Deb Adegbile was no longer in the running to work under Attorney General Eric Holder.Read More »
State rejects report that key Benghazi documents were withheldPosted September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department on Monday rejected a report saying that senior officials purposely withheld sensitive documents from the group that was investigating the 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Earlier in the day, the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal reported that senior officials worked to identify and withhold potentially damaging documents from the Accountability Review Board, which was investigating the incident. That story said former Deputy Assistance Secretary Ray Maxwell watched State Department officials and even some top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sift through documents.
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Obama Hasn’t Figured Out Whether His Islamic State ‘Strategy’ Should Involve Bombing Terrorist LeadersPosted September 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP demanding oversight of Obama’s plans for SyriaPosted September 15, 2014 at 11:12 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans are looking to add significant oversight language to legislation authorizing the Obama administration to provide weapons and training to moderate Syrian rebels, in an effort to force the administration to keep Congress in the loop as it tries to stabilize the Middle East.
The House Armed Services Committee is working on language authorizing the administration to act in Syria, and is expected to have it ready for a House vote later this week, according to House aides.Read More »
GOP senator says Obama, like Teddy Roosevelt, thinks the Constitution is a ‘nuisance’Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:57 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Sunday said President Barack Obama is emulating one of the worst traits of GOP President Teddy Roosevelt — his disregard for the Constitution.
Grassley tweeted late Sunday night that Obama “considers the Constitution a nuisance.” While Grassley wasn’t more specific, many Republicans have complained about Obama’s various unilateral decisions to amend and delay Obamacare, change immigration rules, and even engage in military action without considering Congress.
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When Pres Obama says I hv pen and ph if Congress won't I will he's like the Roosevelts he considers Constitution a nuisance
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 15, 2014
The Phoenix VA is still paying its corrupt director, and hasn’t picked a replacementPosted September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Arizona’s two senators and nine members of the House are calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to find a permanent director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs office, as the VA is still paying its director who has been accused of fraud and mismanagement, and has relied on interim directors in the meantime.
Sharon Helman was put on leave in the wake of the VA health care scandal, in which VA officials manipulated data to make it appear that veterans were not waiting very long before seeing doctors, and then tried to cover up that scandal.Read More »
White House says it doesn’t have ‘any plan’ to propose language authorizing Islamic State planPosted September 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The White House said Friday that it has no plans to send Congress proposed language that would authorize the Obama administration to carry out its plans to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State and help moderate Syrians.
“At this point, we have not, and I don’t know of any plan to do so at this point,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked if the White House would send Congress language.Read More »
Lois Lerner fallout: GOP looks to stop IRS workers from using personal email at workPosted September 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Republican House next week plans to take up three IRS-related bills, including one that would prevent all IRS officials from using their personal email while at work.
The issue has come up in the GOP investigation of former IRS employee Lois Lerner and her role in the IRS targeting scandal. Not only has the IRS said it lost more than two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails, but it has become clear that Lerner used her personal email for work purposes.
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