Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Steeling money: Lawmakers hope to save billions with new pennies, nickels, dimes and quartersPosted January 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Three members of the House have proposed legislation that would require common, everyday U.S. coins to be made from U.S. steel instead of imported copper, zinc and nickel.
The Cents and Sensibility Act, from Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), is aimed at saving money by ending the use of these imported minerals to make pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Those members say most of the minerals used to make these coins come from Canada, and are so costly that it costs more than 1 cent to mint a penny, and more than 5 cents to mint a nickel.Read More »
U.S. Union Membership Falls to Record Low in 2014Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Will U.S. fugitives will be returned as part of U.S.-Cuba normalization? Nobody knows…Posted January 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Three Senate Republicans on Friday pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to answer whether he supports normalizing relations with Cuba in the absence of an agreement by Cuba to return dozens of fugitives from the U.S. justice system.
The question is increasingly being asked by those who oppose closer ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and is being raised at a time when Obama administration officials are openly discussing a new chapter in the bilateral relationship.Read More »
Ted Cruz: Keep Americans who fight with terrorist groups out of AmericaPosted January 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday announced the reintroduction of legislation that would prevent any American from returning home to the U.S. if they leave the country to fight with a terrorist organization.
His legislation, the Expatriate Terrorist Act, is a response to some instances in which Americans have left to support these groups, and then were allowed to return home. Cruz and other Republicans pushed for similar legislation last year, but the Republican-led House and Senate gives the bill a much better chance of passing Congress this year.
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Senators demand answers on government’s use of radar to peek inside homesPosted January 23, 2015 at 11:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) this week demanded that the Justice Department brief senators on the federal government’s use of radar devices that allow the FBI and other agencies to see inside people’s homes.
USA Today reported Tuesday that the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and dozens of other law enforcement agencies are using these devices. That report immediately raised the fear that the government may be violating people’s constitutional rights.
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GOP, Dems say it’s time to end automatic pay hikes for members of CongressPosted January 23, 2015 at 10:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A bipartisan group of House members has proposed legislation that would stop members of Congress from getting automatic pay hikes each year.
Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) proposed the No Raise for Congress act, along with four other Democrats and three Republicans. Members cast the bill as an idea whose time has come in light of rising national debt and the lack of jobs for millions of Americans.Read More »
Mitch McConnell Did Something Last Night to Senate Dems That Has Them FuriousPosted January 23, 2015 at 8:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz420 Comments »
Senate rejects more amendments that try to pin climate change on humansPosted January 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate on Thursday voted down two more amendments to the Keystone pipeline bill that claimed climate change is caused by humans.
Democrats have been pushing to add language to that effect to the Keystone bill, but so far have been thwarted by broad GOP opposition.Read More »
Enough is enough: Key lawmaker says it’s time for another VA reform billPosted January 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
After watching the Department of Veterans Affairs struggle for months to fire officials involved in the health care scandal, the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has proposed new legislation that would try once again to inject discipline into the broken VA.
Congress passed legislation last year that gave the VA secretary new authority to quickly fire officials for inappropriate behavior. The bill was put forward after it became clear that VA centers around the country were scheming to delay health care services to thousands of veterans.Read More »
Harry Reid expects to keep eyesight after Monday surgeryPosted January 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that his doctors think he won’t have any lasting problems with vision out of his right eye after he undergoes surgery next week.
“I met with one of the doctors yesterday, and he felt extremely confident that I would be fine,” Reid told reporters in his first press conference since his New Year’s Day exercise accident.Read More »
House Votes to End Taxpayer-Funded Abortions to Mark March for Life RallyPosted January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Is a fetus a human life? Pelosi dodges.Posted January 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday dodged a question from a reporter about whether a fetus is a human life.
“If it’s not a human being, what do you believe is it?” a reporter asked Pelosi as thousands of people rallied outside for the March for Life demonstration. Pelosi answered by saying it’s up to women to decide if they want an abortion or not, but didn’t answer the question directly.Read More »
Pelosi says Boehner showed ‘hubris’ by not consulting her on Netanyahu invitationPosted January 22, 2015 at 11:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.) of excessive pride and arrogance by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting her.
Pelosi told reporters that when she was speaker, she routinely checked with other leaders on who to invite to speak before Congress, and said Boehner’s move is typical of how Republicans have run the House for the last few years.Read More »
Jason Chaffetz’s warning to states: Don’t ask the feds to bail out your pension plansPosted January 22, 2015 at 10:23 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced a resolution that says the federal government should not bail out state and local government pension plans, which today have a combined unfunded liability of more than $4 trillion.
Chaffetz’s resolution is non-binding, but its passage would put states on notice that they should not assume that the federal government will help them dig out of their pension obligations to government workers.Read More »
Netanyahu Agrees to Address Congress on March 3Posted January 22, 2015 at 9:17 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP Lawmaker: 20-Week Abortion Bill Not Dead, Just DelayedPosted January 22, 2015 at 8:29 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate Agrees That Climate Change is Real, but Can’t Agree on What’s Causing ItPosted January 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Harry Reid will have surgery next week on his right eyePosted January 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Wednesday that Reid will have surgery next week in an effort to save his vision in his right eye after a New Year’s Day exercising accident.
“On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.,” spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said. “Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor’s appointment yesterday.”Read More »
Key Republican gives Obama an F- for failing to address the VA scandalPosted January 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he’d give President Barack Obama a failing grade for ignoring the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ongoing struggles to give veterans healthcare.
The VA health care scandal exploded last year, when it was found that top VA officials were keeping secret lists of veterans seeking health care, in a convoluted plot to make it look like care was being delivered quickly. In reality, thousands of veterans around the country were being denied care, and some claimed that veterans died while waiting for this care.Read More »
Dems push GOP (again) to update the Voting Rights ActPosted January 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Democrats are once again pushing Republican leaders to hold a vote on legislation to modernize the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Democrats fear was made inoperable by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling.
Democrats led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday launched a Democratic Outreach & Engagement Task Force, which is aimed at getting people to register to vote. One of the main objectives of the task force is to find a way to fix the Voting Rights Act, which can only happen in the next two years if Republicans agree.Read More »
DHS: Implementation of Obama’s Immigration Plan Starts ‘in the Near Future’Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch: Senate Dem accuses State Dept. of defending Iran negotiations with talking points ‘straight out of Tehran’Posted January 21, 2015 at 11:19 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A senior Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused the State Department of siding with Iran and not the U.S. Congress, by defending its ongoing work on a nuclear deal that many say is only giving Iran more time to develop nuclear weapons.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that State does not support any new sanctions bill against Iran, even one that only kicks in if Iran fails to agree to a deal this spring limiting its nuclear capabilities.
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Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Address Joint Session of Congress in FebruaryPosted January 21, 2015 at 9:45 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch the Libertarian Party’s Response to Obama: ‘We Need to Massively Downsize and Defund the Federal Government’Posted January 21, 2015 at 9:12 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
John Boehner: Obama speech was just ‘more taxes, more government’Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said late Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech offered nothing more than the same Democratic plan Republicans have been fighting for years.
“The State of the Union is a chance to start anew, but all the president offered tonight is more taxes, more government, and more of the same approach that has failed middle-class families,” Boehner said after Obama spoke. “These aren’t just the wrong policies, they’re the wrong priorities: growing Washington’s bureaucracy instead of America’s economy.”Read More »
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