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.297 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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The Congressional Budget Office this week told the Senate that passing legislation to permanently defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration would increase annual budget deficits, by about $6.3 billion over the next decade.
That’s about $630 million per year, a price the GOP seems willing to pay to end a policy they say is illegal and would let millions of illegal immigrants stay and work in the United States.Read More »
House Republicans on Friday pulled legislation from the floor that Republicans were hoping could be an improvement to the federal No Child Left Behind law, but instead has faced criticism from conservative Republicans.
The Student Success Act was aimed at giving states more control over education, and giving the federal government less of a say over educational choices.Read More »
The Senate passed a full-year Department of Homeland Security funding bill Friday morning, but it was already being ignored by House Republicans who were moving ahead with a three-week funding bill.
In a 68-31 vote, the Senate passed a DHS funding bill for the rest of fiscal year 2015, one that doesn’t block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Removing the immigration language was the only way the bill could move ahead, as Democrats opposed that language and blocked the bill several times over the last few weeks.Read More »
More than a dozen House Democrats have proposed legislation that would give the Justice Department the authority to investigate deaths at the hands of police officers, and to punish those officers as if they were any other citizen involved in murder or manslaughter.
The Police Accountability Act, from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), is a response to recent deaths that have prompted civil rights investigations at the Justice Department, but failed to result in any federal charges. Just this week, it was reported that the department would not find any violations against Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Missouri.
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The Department of Homeland Security is telling its employees that if a shutdown occurs this weekend, counseling will be made available to anyone who might be furloughed.
“[W]e will provide you with the timely and relevant information you need to address every stage of this process, up to and including – only if necessary – a DHS furlough,” DHS Chief Information Office Luke McCormack told his state in a memo obtained by Government Executive.
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