Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ passes House, heads to Obama’s deskPosted August 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
In a last bit of business before leaving for the August break, the House late Friday quickly approved a resolution offering $225 million in funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system.
The House passed the resolution with no debate, and in a 395-8 vote.Read More »
House Votes to Gut Obama’s Deferred Action ProgramPosted August 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House Sends $694 Million Border Bill to An Empty SenatePosted August 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House inching closer to vote on border billsPosted August 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
After a nearly two-hour meetings, the House Rules Committee approved a resolution allowing members to vote on two border bill late Friday night.
The Republican-led committee approved the resolution in a part-line vote, over objections from Democrats that the House should scuttle the two bills and instead consider passing comprehensive immigration reform.Read More »
Dem Lawmaker on GOP: ‘It Is Almost As Though They Despise and Hate All of Our Children’Posted August 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP’s Second Try on Border Bills Takes Tougher Stance Against Obama’s DACA ExpansionPosted August 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate passes $225 million to fund Israel’s Iron DomePosted August 1, 2014 at 11:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate on Friday quickly approved legislation providing $225 million in funding to support Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system.
On Thursday, the Senate tried but failed to pass this funding, which got caught up in a fight over trying to pass an emergency funding bill for the southern U.S. border. But Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) quickly agreed to pass it in a unanimous consent vote.Read More »
Dem says GOP wants to send immigrant children ‘to their death’Posted August 1, 2014 at 11:07 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A House Democrat on Friday accused Republicans of signing a death warrant for thousands of immigrant children by pushing for their immediate deportation back to their countries of origin in Central America.
“What the Republican proposal tried to do yesterday… and what they are trying to do today, is to strip away the rights of a child to live,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) on the House floor.Read More »
Report: Federal workers turning to porn when bored at workPosted August 1, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A report from the Washington Times indicates that federal workers across various federal agencies don’t have enough to do, and are surfing online pornography at work.
An examination of documents the Times obtained through the Freedom of Information Act said one Federal Communications Commission worker told officials that he was bored and watched porn for up to eight hours a week.Read More »
GOP senators hoping to let people opt out of ObamacarePosted August 1, 2014 at 9:36 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have proposed legislation that would let people opt out of the Obamacare requirement to buy health insurance.
“The American people should have the choice to purchase health coverage without fear of their government extracting onerous penalties,” McCain said. “A better, more affordable American health care system must be based around the fundamental value of freedom, and this bill takes a key step in that direction.”Read More »
Senate’s Border Bill Fails Hours After House Border DisasterPosted July 31, 2014 at 7:54 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch: The Announcement That Had Congress Booing and HissingPosted July 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP keeps House on-call throughout August to pass border billPosted July 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republican leaders moved Thursday to potentially keep members on call throughout the month of August in order to pass a border bill sometime in the coming days and weeks, frustrating members who were looking to escape Thursday afternoon for a five-week recess.
As a start, Republicans will meet Friday morning to continue their discussions on how to pass a border measure, after many Republicans said they had to have a vote on fixing the crisis at the southern U.S. border. Just hours ago, GOP leaders pulled two border bills after failing to get enough Republican votes.Read More »
GOP senator vows to block all bills that add to the national debtPosted July 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday that he would oppose any attempt to pass legislation before the Senate goes on break that adds even one penny to the national debt.
Coburn’s plan is to block unanimous consent requests to pass bills without any debate. Coburn said this method of passing legislation doesn’t have to be objectionable, but said it is too often used just before the Senate goes on break to pass bills that pile on billions of dollars to the debt.Read More »
IRS commissioner: Republicans may not really want a special prosecutorPosted July 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he’s not sure Republicans really want a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS, as they say they do, because that would prevent them from holding dozens of hearings on the IRS targeting scandal.
“[Y]ou know, I’m not sure if people really want a special prosecutor, because that would shut everything down,” Koskinen said in an interview with Tax Analysts. “The special prosecutor then would have sole domain over this and so you wouldn’t be holding all these fun hearings every week or two.”Read More »
GOP Revolt Forces House to Abandon Border BillsPosted July 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Boehner calls Senate plan to push immigration reform a ‘nutso scheme’Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned Thursday that House Republicans would not accept the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal in any form, and called Democratic plans to attach it to a short-term border funding bill a “nutso scheme.”
“Instead of addressing the crisis at hand, senate Democrats are talking up some nutso scheme to jam through the Senate immigration bill, even though they know it will never happen,” Boehner told reporters.Read More »
Dems Want New Tax On Sugar-Sweetened DrinksPosted July 31, 2014 at 10:52 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
The VA’s bad habit: Lying to CongressPosted July 31, 2014 at 9:14 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs may be developing a pattern of lying to members of Congress.
Late Wednesday, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) became the second member of Congress to accuse the VA of lying to them directly when asked about problems related to the VA healthcare scandal.Read More »
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 »
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