Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
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 »
Senate Dems give Obama two months to reach a deal with IranPosted January 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Ten Senate Democrats told President Barack Obama on Tuesday that they would not vote for an Iran sanctions bill until after late March, essentially giving Obama two months to reach a framework deal under which Iran agrees to give up its nuclear weapons program.
The Obama administration extended negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal last November, and is now targeting March 24 as a deadline for reaching a framework agreement. The administration hopes to reach a final deal by June 30.Read More »
How much will Obama’s immigration action cost taxpayers? Republicans demand answers.Posted January 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Three Senate Republicans are demanding to know how much it will cost to implement President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, in anticipation that more taxpayer funding will be needed to carry out that action.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) warned the chief financial officer of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that Obama’s action raises “serious legal questions and may have significant budgetary consequences.”Read More »
Watch: Trey Gowdy tussles with State Dept. liaison during uncomfortable back-and-forthPosted January 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Tuesday demanded that the State Department speed up the process of getting information to Congress about the 2012 attack that led to the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
But several Democrats rejected Gowdy’s implied argument that State is stonewalling, and said State had not rejected any request for information yet. Democrats argued that Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi only started asking for information in mid-November, and State so far has not rejected any request for this information.Read More »
Dems Are Proposing a Perk That Only Federal Workers Would GetPosted January 27, 2015 at 10:59 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
See the Letter Democrats Sent to Trey Gowdy Complaining About His Benghazi CommitteePosted January 27, 2015 at 9:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz215 Comments »
Dems keep the Keystone bill clogged up in the SenatePosted January 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Democrats on Monday night were able to stall legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, sending Republicans back to the drawing board on a plan to get the bill through the Senate.
The Senate held two votes on whether to end debate on the bill and move it toward passage, but it failed both times, 53-39. Sixty votes were needed to advance the bill.Read More »
Doctors ‘optimistic’ after Reid’s eye surgeryPosted January 26, 2015 at 5:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that doctors are encouraged that Reid will regain full use of his right eye after surgery earlier today, although they said they can’t be sure until more time passes.
“Doctors have said they are optimistic about his prospects for regaining vision in his right eye but there is no definitive verdict yet,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said.Read More »
Watch: Lawmaker Says Obama Has Gone ‘Completely Whacko’ With Alaska Wilderness DecisionPosted January 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
CBO: National Debt to Hit $19.1 Trillion Under ObamaPosted January 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch: Dem says Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu was a ‘terrible mistake’Posted January 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A House Democrat said Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a “terrible mistake” by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, in part because Netanyahu will likely push Congress to pass a bill that President Barack Obama opposes.
Netanyahu is expected to talk about the need to hit Iran with tougher sanctions, something Obama opposes as his administration tries to negotiate a nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran.
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UPDATE: House of Representatives gets a snow dayPosted January 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House of Representatives canceled a series of formal votes planned for Monday due to a brewing snowstorm that forced the cancelation of thousands of flights in the Northeast region of the United States.
The House was scheduled to be in and working at 2 p.m. on several non-controversial bills aimed at fighting human trafficking. But shortly after noon, Republican leaders canceled all scheduled votes.Read More »
Obama Has Big Plans for Alaska, and the State’s Republicans Aren’t HappyPosted January 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz195 Comments »
IRS still having trouble figuring out who’s dead, who’s alivePosted January 26, 2015 at 10:18 am by Pete Kasperowicz
As the old saying goes, nothing is certain except death and taxes… and the occasional uncertainty at the IRS about who’s dead and who’s still alive.
A 94-year old Ohio man has fought with the IRS for nine months about whether he’s alive or dead. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Siegfried Meinstein says he’s alive, and his family has presented evidence to the IRS several times showing he’s alive.
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Israel to Obama: No offense intendedPosted January 26, 2015 at 9:14 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to Congress in early March is not a sign of disrespect to President Barack Obama, and is instead a chance to speak out against Iran and other threats to the world “while there is still time.”
“The prime minister’s visit here is not intended to show any disrespect for President Obama,” Ambassador Ron Dermer said in a speech in Florida on Sunday.
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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 »
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- New day in the Senate: GOP pledges to attack the deficit and debt
- AG nominee Loretta Lynch has one big advantage in the Senate: She's not Eric Holder
- Obama's AG pick defends legality of White House's immigration action