Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
House Will Vote Thursday to Block Obama’s DACA ExpansionPosted July 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House Passes Resolution to Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama Alleging He Exceeded Constitutional PowersPosted July 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House Approves More Spending for Veterans, But Lets VA Officials Escape Harsher PenaltiesPosted July 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Judicial Watch: Hillary Clinton’s State Department helped Bill Clinton earn millions in speaking feesPosted July 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Judicial Watch said Wednesday that it has obtained documents showing that Hillary Clinton’s State Department rubber-stamped more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews of proposed speaking and consulting engagements for her husband, Bill Clinton, which the group says helped the former president earn $48 million.
The government watchdog group said State’s decision to approve 215 of these engagements indicates that State was essentially allowing huge banks and other major industry groups to pay speaking and consulting fees to the former president. Those approvals not only helped the Clintons earn millions, but may have allowed these industries to gain influence with Hillary Clinton, the group charges.Read More »
House preparing to muscle Senate in highway bill fightPosted July 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans say they will reject a Senate-passed highway funding bill and send a House-passed bill back to the Senate this week, just days before the House plans to leave for the August break.
The GOP’s rejection of the Senate bill raises the prospect that Congress will leave for the August break without passing any bill at all. That could mean states would start seeing less federal funding for highway projects in August, since the federal highway trust fund is due to expire next month.Read More »
Dems press states to limit gun ownership rights in domestic violence situationsPosted July 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Democrats led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are hoping to create new incentives for states to go beyond federal requirements to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers.
The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act would give out federal grants to states that enact laws that exceed federal guidelines on domestic violence prohibitions on gun ownership, and seize firearms when adjudicating or responding to domestic violence.Read More »
New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Some Conservatives ‘A**holes’Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz369 Comments »
Watch: Corruption, data manipulation at Central Alabama VAPosted July 30, 2014 at 10:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that a majority of employees surveyed said they were told to manipulate patient wait time data at the Central Alabama Veterans, and provided other evidence that she said indicates that the Central Alabama facility may be the most corrupt in the nation.
Roby said recent investigations also show that key medical personnel weren’t punished for fabricated and lost key medical data, and noted that the director of the facility lied to her direction when he said some employees had been fired.Read More »
VA might ‘discipline’ six employees…but won’t name them or say what they didPosted July 30, 2014 at 9:55 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it has “proposed a series of disciplinary actions against six employees” at VA facilities in Wyoming and Colorado who were involved in the veterans health care scandal.
But most of these actions will take the form of “proposed suspensions, a demotion, and admonishments.”Read More »
The VA reform bill — All the spending up front, all the savings years down the roadPosted July 30, 2014 at 9:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that a bill to reform the broken Department of Veterans Affairs would go through almost all of its $14.4 billion in new spending in the next few years, while most of the $4.5 billion in savings will happen after 2020.
The CBO’s “budget score” says the VA reform bill will require $10 billion in new spending over the next 10 years, as expected. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that adding more to the national debt is acceptable in order to get help to the nation’s veterans who have been denied access to health care.Read More »
Dems Propose Federal Grants to Help People Learn EnglishPosted July 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Sessions calls House border bill ‘surrender to a lawless president’Posted July 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the House’s proposed $659 million spending bill to address the border crisis is effectively a sign of surrender to President Barack Obama, since it contains no language that would stop Obama from granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Sessions has warned that reports indicate Obama is planning to take this step, and that Congress must seek to defund this possible action or watch as expensive efforts to secure the border fail under the weight of an even bigger flood of immigrants.Read More »
Pelosi says everyone living in the United States deserves rightsPosted July 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that everyone living within the boundaries of the United States deserve rights, regardless of their legal status.
Pelosi spoke at an ad hoc hearing held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to hear testimony from three minors who described how and why they came to America. Pelosi said the U.S. needs to “have a heart” and find ways to aid the thousands of children who have traveled across the southern U.S. border.Read More »
Official: Obama has ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to expand DACA to millionsPosted July 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A senior immigration official told the House on Tuesday that President Barack Obama has the discretion to grant amnesty and work authorization permits to millions of illegal immigrants, because the executive branch has broad discretion in how to implement laws passed by Congress.
Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was asked by several House Republicans at Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing about whether it would be legal to expand Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to millions of adults.Read More »
House GOP proposes $659 million border bill, $3 billion short of Obama’s requestPosted July 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans on Tuesday released a border security bill that spends $659 million to secure the southern U.S. border and help process the thousands of immigrant children who have crossed into the United States this year.
The bill spends $3 billion less than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has requested for the next few years to deal with the border crisis.Read More »
John Boehner: ‘We Have No Plans to Impeach the President’Posted July 29, 2014 at 11:19 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senators support boosting U.S. arms in IsraelPosted July 29, 2014 at 11:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Dozens of senators from both parties proposed legislation on Monday that would increase the amount of U.S. arms held in Israel that would be available for Israel to use to defend itself from Hamas or other attackers.
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) proposed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, along with 77 other senators. The bill is an updated version of legislation that senators proposed more than a year ago.Read More »
VA Officials Will Get Millions of Dollars in Bonuses Under House-Senate AgreementPosted July 29, 2014 at 9:47 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Immigration Official: More Than 580,000 People Have Been Spared Deportation Under DACAPosted July 29, 2014 at 8:16 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Sessions calls on members to oppose border bill that doesn’t stop Obama’s amnesty planPosted July 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday called on members of the House and Senate to vote down any border supplemental bill that doesn’t include language blocking President Barack Obama from extending an amnesty and work permit program for millions of illegal immigrants.
“I’m calling on all members of Congress today to stand up to these lawless actions and sponsor legislate that will block them,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Monday. “I’m calling on all members of Congress today to oppose any border supplemental that does not include such language.”Read More »
Fired VA workers will get appeals process under House-Senate billPosted July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Members of the House and Senate negotiating a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs have agreed to language giving fired VA officials a 21-day appeal period, instead of allowing them to be fired immediately with no appeal.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his House counterpart Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced the deal to reporters on Monday. The agreement also includes $15 billion in immediate funding — two-thirds of that amount will be treated as emergency spending and thus will not be offset with spending cuts.Read More »
Kerry says U.S. continuing to work on ‘humanitarian cease-fire’ between Israel, HamasPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is continuing to work on a cease-fire agreement that allows aid to be brought to both Israel and people in Gaza.
“Today, we are continuing to work toward establishing an unconditional, humanitarian cease-fire, one that could honor Eid, which begins now, and that will stop the fighting, allow desperately needed food and medicine and other supplies into Gaza, and enable Israel to address the threat which we fully understand and which is real, the threat posed by tunnel attacks.”Read More »
Obama nominates rabbi to serve as State’s religious freedom ambassadorPosted July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday announced the nomination of Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein to be the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year.
“I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”Read More »
Franks, Blackburn bill says Obama has all the money and tools he needs to fix the borderPosted July 28, 2014 at 10:41 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) say President Barack Obama has all the tools he needs to resolve the humanitarian crisis at the border, and have proposed a simple resolution calling on Obama to use them.
“[T]he president currently has the necessary tools at his disposal to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border with existing funding from Congress,” the resolution reads.Read More »
Obama Goes Around Congress — Again — to Expand Health Coverage for Federal WorkersPosted July 28, 2014 at 9:14 am by Pete Kasperowicz304 Comments »
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