House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

'They're not even trying to solve the problem. I'm going to have to act alone' - Obama

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he’d act unilaterally, as […]

Veterans Administration fixes approved by Congress

Legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments

Veterans Administration fixes approved by Congress

Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A 91-3 vote in the Senate sent the $16.3 billion measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House had voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill on Wednesday. […]

CIA director changes his tone on Senate spying

Three CIA computer specialists, exhibited "a lack of candor," the IG report said

CIA director changes his tone on Senate spying

For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with […]

Congress goes to gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Congress goes to gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. The bill raises the […]

IRS officials belittled, targeted conservatives, GOP claims

Michigan Republican says the emails show Lerner's "disgust with conservatives."

IRS officials belittled, targeted conservatives, GOP claims

Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner’s emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP claims of a political conspiracy at the tax agency to target conservative groups. Lerner headed the IRS division that […]

Congress rushing to run away from Washington for a month

Backdrop of a partisan House vote to sue Obama for unilateral changes in health care law.

Congress rushing to run away from Washington for a month

Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border. The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up […]

Senate immigration bill expected to fail

Hundreds of millions to fight wildfires or provide aid for Israel's defense won't work

Senate immigration bill expected to fail

A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress’ five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats’ $3.5 billion emergency spending bill designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing […]

House to tackle VA $178 billion for overhaul

A vote on the $17 billion bill as early as Wednesday with a Senate close behind

House to tackle VA $178 billion for overhaul

With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans’ health care. The House could vote on the $17 billion bill as early as Wednesday, with a Senate vote expected soon after as lawmakers […]

Senate faces looming highway bill deadline

Senate faces looming highway bill deadline

The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation […]

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations. Many […]

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