GOP may need Dems’ help on Homeland bill

GOP may need Dems’  help on Homeland bill

For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn’t like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and […]

DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own. But House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell never crafted a plan to do both. And as events turned against […]

What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

Spending for the Homeland Security Department expires Friday at midnight if Congress doesn’t act before then. With lawmakers at loggerheads over immigration provisions in the agency’s annual funding bill, it’s not certain how the Capitol Hill stalemate will end. Here are five things to know about what happens in a shutdown of the Homeland Security […]

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 […]

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama’s requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that’s like oil and water mixing easily. Ideological chasms usually separate Democrat Lee of California — one of Congress’ proudest liberals — and Republican Fleming […]

DHS chief says budget impasse threatens security

DHS chief says budget impasse threatens security

The Obama administration is warning states that the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would harm the nation’s ability to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and help communities struggling with an onslaught of winter snowstorms. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said if Congress fails to agree […]

Things to watch as governors huddle

The three-day winter meeting of the National Governors Association provides ambitious state executives an opportunity to improve their political standing ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. Five things to watch: WALKER MOMENTUM Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s stock as a potential candidate rose after he made several key hires and impressed political observers during a recent […]

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 […]

Keystone XL debacle: Will Obama, GOP compromise?

Keystone XL debacle: Will Obama, GOP compromise?

A looming veto by President Barack Obama of a Republican-championed bill foreshadows a key question for the White House: whether the president and Republicans can find areas to work together, even as Obama strikes down many of their top priorities. Since Republicans won full control of Congress three months ago, Obama has issued a flurry […]