Senate votes to start debate on emergency border bill
July 30th, 2014
12:51 PM ET
9 hours ago

Senate votes to start debate on emergency border bill

Updated 1:28 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted on Wednesday to take up a $2.7 billion Democratic spending bill to address the southern border crisis.

Lawmakers voted 63-33 on a procedural vote to begin debate on the emergency measure prompted by the deluge of migrant youth from Central America who have entered the country illegally this year.

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#awkward: Lawmaker mistakes U.S. officials for representatives of India
July 25th, 2014
06:52 PM ET
3 days ago

#awkward: Lawmaker mistakes U.S. officials for representatives of India

Updated 10:55 a.m. ET, 7/28/2014

(CNN) – Rep. Curt Clawson, a congressman for all of one month, made an embarrassing mistake this week when he confused two Obama administration officials with representatives from India.

At a Thursday hearing of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Clawson talked how much he admired the witnesses' country.

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July 24th, 2014
06:51 PM ET
6 days ago

White House: ‘Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting’

(CNN) - In yet another sign that Congress will leave town next week without addressing the influx of young migrants at the southern border, a senior White House official acknowledged there are major doubts that lawmakers will approve President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with the crisis.

"Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting," the official told reporters ahead of the visit of three Central American presidents to the White House on Friday.

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Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House
July 23rd, 2014
07:00 PM ET
7 days ago

Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House

Washington (CNN) – Defying virtually all political analysis, the No. 2 House Democrat said his party has "a good shot" at winning enough seats in November to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer made a similar prediction in February, but no veteran political observers believe the House Democrats are in a position to pick up the 17 seats they would need to win back the chamber. In fact most national observers believe Republicans will keep or slightly expand the 234 GOP seat majority they hold now in the House.

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Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty
July 23rd, 2014
04:19 PM ET
7 days ago

Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty

(CNN) – Hoping to spur more Republican support, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole returned to the U.S. Capitol to urge ratification of a global disability rights treaty.

The one-time Kansas GOP lawmaker, who had two stints leading the chamber before resigning to run for president in 1996, joined veterans and rights groups at a news conference on Wednesday on the U.N. measure.

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Analyst claims some information on Lerner’s hard drive was retrievable
July 22nd, 2014
07:56 PM ET
1 week ago

Analyst claims some information on Lerner’s hard drive was retrievable

Washington (CNN) – In a development that contradicts statements by the IRS commissioner, Republican investigators say they have learned that former agency official Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was only "scratched" and some information on it was likely recoverable at one point.

Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means Committee last month that Lerner's hard drive had been recycled so the agency was unable to pull emails that the panel wants as part of its investigation of IRS targeting of political groups.

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Prospects for border legislation in doubt
July 22nd, 2014
07:41 PM ET
1 week ago

Prospects for border legislation in doubt

Washington (CNN) - Prospects for passage of a plan to address the southern border crisis before Congress leaves for its summer recess were in doubt Tuesday as Republican congressional leaders blasted President Barack Obama for not engaging them and the top Senate Democrat dismissed GOP proposals as “crazy.”

Against that contentious backdrop, Senate Democrats unveiled a slimmed down $2.7 billion emergency spending bill that lacks key changes to border policies that Republicans have demanded as a condition for approving new funds.

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Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist
July 21st, 2014
08:00 PM ET
1 week ago

Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist

(CNN) – Copies of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails that were deemed unrecoverable might actually be retrievable, an IRS lawyer appeared to indicate in a recent testimony, according to House Republicans.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, selectively released information Monday about a closed session the committee held with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane last week.

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Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears
July 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
1 week ago

Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears

(CNN) - Deadly violence, ongoing tensions and the deliberate downing of a passenger airplane. Though that turbulence is happening far away from American streets - in Eastern Ukraine - why should Americans worry?

One reason: renewed fears of a return to Cold War relations between the United States and Russia.

Two powerful members of Congress spoke on the matter during separate interviews on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Congress • Dianne Feinstein • Mike McCaul • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Senate GOP confident Congress will pass bipartisan border remedy
July 15th, 2014
02:13 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Senate GOP confident Congress will pass bipartisan border remedy

Updated 8:09 p.m. ET, 7/15/2014

(CNN) - Senate Republicans expressed growing confidence Tuesday that Congress will approve bipartisan legislation aimed at resolving a what's being called a "humanitarian crisis" resulting from the surge of child immigrants from Central America at the southern border.

"It is actually possible to come behind a bipartisan agreement to deal with a big problem," an upbeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said about the proposal this week by Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, both of Texas.

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