Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren’t ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding concessions from President […]

Can GOP find a way out of Homeland Security funding mess?

Can GOP find a way out of Homeland Security funding mess?

Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency’s budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he would split language overturning President Barack Obama’s contested […]

Republicans running out of options

Republicans running out of options

Congressional Republicans are running out of options to pass a Homeland Security funding bill that blocks President Barack Obama’s immigration orders, raising the threat of another showdown that could idle parts of a key government agency. With a Feb. 27 deadline looming, Republican House and Senate leaders have been unable to agree on a strategy […]

Republicans find control more illusion than reality

Republicans find control more illusion than reality

A month into their newfound control of both chambers of Congress, it wasn’t supposed to be like this for Republicans. Instead of advancing a conservative agenda and showing voters they can govern, they are confronting the very real possibility of a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department later this month. That’s because they can’t overcome […]

Pressure increases for Oregon governor to resign

Pressure increases for Oregon governor to resign

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is showing no sign of walking away from a decades-long political career, even though he’s been abandoned by most of his party’s leadership amid influence-peddling allegations surrounding him and his fiancĂ©e. Three senior Democrats on Thursday told the four-term governor, who is under criminal investigation by the attorney general, it was […]

Boehner to Democrats: Get off their ‘ass’

Boehner to Democrats: Get off their ‘ass’

House Speaker John Boehner challenged Senate Democrats Wednesday to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department and restrict President Barack Obama’s executive moves on immigration. His comments seemed highly unlikely to change Senate Democrats’ behavior. But they underscored a worsening stalemate on Capitol Hill with funding for the […]

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. War authorizations are among the most difficult issues confronting members of Congress. Several Democrats will be reluctant to […]

The Pope will speak to Congress this fall

The Pope will speak to Congress this fall

In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the stage for an oration by an outspoken pontiff whose views on immigration and global warming clash with those of many Republicans who run the House and Senate. Francis […]