Prospects for border legislation in doubt
July 22nd, 2014
07:41 PM ET
1 month 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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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Senate
Issa: Back-up records of Lerner’s emails may exist
July 21st, 2014
08:00 PM ET
1 month 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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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa • IRS
Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears
July 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
1 month 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
1 month 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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Obama's Republican road rage
July 15th, 2014
01:18 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama's Republican road rage

McLean, Virginia (CNN) - His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.

After testing a car simulator at a research facility here - an experience he equated to stepping into "Knight Rider" - the President let loose on GOP lawmakers, saying his opponents were standing in the way of any legislative fixes to the country's problems.

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Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain
July 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
1 month ago

Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain

(CNN) – Bipartisan legislation to curb the flood of unaccompanied minors at the southern border was unveiled Monday by two lawmakers from Texas.

Sponsors believe the compromise could lead to a quick exodus for most young migrants from Central America, as demanded by Republicans, while offering an appeals process for those who may be eligible to stay, which is supported by many Democrats.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure
July 9th, 2014
06:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure

Washington (CNN) - In a rare display of bipartisanship the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a job training bill on Wednesday. The vote was 415 -6.

The measure was already approved by the Senate and now goes to the White House for the President's signature.

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Poll: Voters split over control House and Senate
July 8th, 2014
08:37 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Voters split over control House and Senate

Washington (CNN) - American voters are divided on whether they want the GOP to win control of the Senate in November's elections, according to a new national poll.

And a Quinnipiac University survey also indicates the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains a free-for-all among the potential contenders, while Hillary Clinton, if she runs for the White House again, would be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Congress • Hillary Clinton • House • Senate
House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement
July 3rd, 2014
02:24 PM ET
2 months ago

House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement

updated 4:10pm ET

Washington (CNN) – Two days after a little-known rules change became public, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee announced a complete reversal Thursday, and the committee reinstated a requirement for how members disclose privately-funded trips.

Ethics Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, revealed the U-turn during a local radio interview in Texas Thursday morning. A few hours later, the committee sent out an official seven-page statement confirming the reversal.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives
July 1st, 2014
10:31 AM ET
2 months ago

Fewer wins this time, but tea party has changed the GOP

Washington (CNN) – Call it a brief intermission: There's a three-week break in the action after a slew of primaries in May and June and a couple big headlines.

The major story line so far this election cycle is the ongoing battle that pits mainstream Republicans against tea party groups and anti-establishment organizations.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress
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