The Republican National Committee has asked for an investigation into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated federal law by using a private, non-State Department email during her tenure.
RNC Chief Counsel John Phillippe asked State’s Office of Inspector General to look into whether Clinton’s practices led her or the department to violate the Federal Records Act, which requires officials to archive all emails deemed to be federal records. Phillippe also asked OIG to examine whether any regulations stemming from the law were violated.Read More »
The House voted Wednesday to authorize another $7.2 billion in spending on Amtrak, the nation’s publicly funded rail service that conservatives have criticized as a tax-guzzling entity that needs to be privatized.
Members were considering a bill to authorize Amtrak for another five years, through 2020, and while many Republicans have pushed for an end to the billions of dollars in subsidies that Amtrak gets, their efforts were rejected today. Instead, most Republicans joined every Democrat to maintain subsidies for the rail service at a level of about $1.4 billion per year, the same as the current fiscal year.Read More »
The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, marking the end of the legislative effort to force Obama to approve a project that has been stalled for more than six years.
Obama vetoed the legislation last week, knowing that his veto was safe given that the Senate approved the bill in a 62-36 vote. A two-thirds majority vote is needed to override a veto, and last week’s vote indicated that there was not enough support to accomplish that goal.Read More »
Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission voted to regulate the Internet, 20 House Republicans have proposed a bill to block the FCC rule.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) proposed the legislation, which would explicitly ban the FCC from reclassifying Internet serve as a telecommunications service that can be regulated, and also block the FCC from imposing rules on Internet service providers.
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The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a federal regulation that Republicans say will put companies at an unfair disadvantage when their employees decide to hold a union election.
In December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a rule that shortens the time between when union organizers ask for a union election at a company, and when that company must allow the election to take place. The rule could force companies to allow these elections to happen as soon as 11 days after they’re notified, which Republicans say doesn’t give companies enough time to react.Read More »
The Department of Justice this week acknowledged to a federal court that it has already given 100,000 illegal immigrants enhanced legal protection under President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, before the court issued an injunction against the program.
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas blocked Obama’s action, which is aimed at protecting millions of illegal immigrants and letting them work in the United States. That injunction froze the program while the court hears a legal challenge brought by 26 states, although the Obama administration is looking to remove stay that court order.Read More »
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has released a survey showing that the Department of Veterans Affairs is having major problems implementing a new program aimed at ensuring veterans can receive care outside the VA system, and that 80 percent of veterans who qualify for the program aren’t being given a chance to use it.
VFW’s survey focused on the ability of veterans to use the new Veterans Choice Program, which Congress created last year and the VA implemented in November. Under the program, veterans who can’t get VA care after 30 days, or who live at least 40 miles from the nearest VA center, have the option of getting care outside the VA.Read More »
A House Democrat on Tuesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to instill fear in Americans in order to goad the U.S. into taking more aggressive steps against Iran.
Netanyahu addressed Congress with a set of remarks that warned the U.S. must not accept an agreement that allows Iran to continue its nuclear weapons program. He said the Obama administration is negotiating a “bad deal,” and said the world should be demanding that Iran stop its aggressive, terrorist actions as a condition of the talks.
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The top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi has called on Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to release hundreds of private emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Benghazi.
The New York Times reported Monday that Clinton never had an official State Department email address while she was secretary, and instead used a personal email account for work. The State Department asked former secretaries for any work-related emails that might need to be turned over to the government, and found about 300 Clinton emails related to Benghazi.
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told Republicans that he would call up and pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security spending bill this week, and give up the fight to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The decision marks the end of a standoff that has lasted for several weeks — a standoff Republicans will lose to Democrats when the clean DHS bill passes.337 Comments »
Senate Democrats on Monday night blocked a Republican request to negotiate a Department of Homeland Security spending bill with the House, a move that could signal the end of GOP efforts to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Republicans in the House and Senate have been pushing for a return to “regular order,” in which the two chambers meet in a conference committee to work out differences between legislation. In this case, the differences are huge — the House bill defunds Obama’s immigration plans, and the Senate bill doesn’t.Read More »
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday dismissed a Republican request to hold a House-Senate meeting to discuss the Department of Homeland Security spending bill as a “charade,” even though just a few years ago, he hailed these kinds of meetings as a tool that has been used successfully by Congress for more than two centuries.
Republicans are seeking a conference to sort out the differences between the House bill, which would defund President Barack Obama’s immigration plans, and the Senate bill, which is silent on Obama’s new program.Read More »
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration is still willing to give Russia several more days to abide by a ceasefire in and around Ukraine that was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, but has failed miserably so far.
Even in the run-up to the ceasefire, the State Department was complaining that Russia and pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine did not appear to be living up to the ceasefire, which was agreed by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
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Conservative Republicans were scrambling on Monday morning to prevent House Democrats from using an obscure rule allowing them to call up and pass their preferred Department of Homeland Security bill — one that funds President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Due to the way House rules are set out, House Democrats may have a chance this week to call up a “clean” DHS bill that doesn’t touch Obama’s immigration plan, and have it pass if just a few dozen Republicans support it. That could happen soon after the Senate votes later today against a House-Senate conference to work out their differences on the DHS bill.
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