Will Congress approve expanded role in Iraq?

Will Congress approve expanded role in Iraq?

Congress members returning to Capitol Hill next week will face a debate over President Barack Obama’s new $5.6 billion plan to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq and send up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation. Obama authorized the deployment of advisory teams and trainers to bolster struggling Iraqi forces across the […]

Expect more votes from Congress on Syria

A showdown looms when lawmakers return to the Capitol after midterm elections

Expect more votes from Congress on Syria

As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And […]

Congress gives Obama authority to help Syrian rebels

'As Americans, we do not give in to fear. We pull together. We stand together.'

Congress gives Obama authority to help Syrian rebels

Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top […]

Nervous Congress set to approve Mideast military actions

Republican leaders have swung behind Obama's request

Nervous Congress set to approve Mideast military actions

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants. Obama was likely to get his wish in a vote Wednesday despite worries from hawks in both parties that his response was insufficient to battle […]

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

Obama;s tightly crafted legal strategy short-circuits congressional oversight

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush’s administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones armed with […]

Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Votes are set on largely futile measures designed to pack a political punch

Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task — act fast to keep the government open and then race home to campaign. After a five-week summer break, lawmakers face a shortened September session with a tight must-do list: Pass a temporary spending bill to fund federal departments and agencies through mid-December and extend the […]

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings, it's still an incumbent's world

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in,” with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With less than 10 weeks to […]

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress for airstrikes.

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama’s request for a vote and the operation was eventually scrapped. […]

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the Obama administration’s emergency action in northern Iraq, the campaign is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Republicans have issued several I-told-you-so statements and called […]

Slight majority supports highway costs from taxes

But the slim support is fragile

Slight majority supports highway costs from taxes

Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public can’t make up its mind on how to pay for them either. Six in 10 Americans think the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and […]

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