Cruz calls for backup plans in government funding crisis
September 22nd, 2013
12:22 PM ET
7 months ago

Cruz calls for backup plans in government funding crisis

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Sunday that Republicans may filibuster when the Senate considers a bill passed by the House last week that funds the government but defunds Obamacare.

Cruz said the filibuster could come if Senate Democrats try to strip the bill of language cutting funding of Obamacare and try to pass cloture, meaning that a simple majority would allow the bill to pass.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Ted Cruz
Lawmakers disagree on whether use of force is still on the table
September 15th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
7 months ago

Lawmakers disagree on whether use of force is still on the table

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Sunday the threat of U.S. military force in Syria remains, despite a U.S.-Russian agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. But Sen. John McCain said the agreement is “meaningless.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the agreement Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Filed under: Carl Levin • John McCain • Syria
Rand Paul: U.S. involvement in Syria a 'mistake'
September 1st, 2013
10:47 AM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul: U.S. involvement in Syria a 'mistake'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday the United States should avoid military involvement in Syria. He challenged Secretary of State John Kerry on his assertion America should launch a strike.

"He's famous for saying, 'How can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?' I would ask John Kerry, 'How can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?'" Paul said on NBC's "Meet The Press."
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Syria
Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria
August 25th, 2013
10:51 AM ET
8 months ago

Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria

Updated at 11:48 a.m. ET on 8/25

Washington (CNN) – Two key members of congressional foreign affairs panels say they expect the United States to strike Syria following reports of chemical weapons attacks in that country last week, though other lawmakers interviewed Sunday cautioned that unilateral action would be misguided.

"I think we will respond in a surgical way and I hope the president, as soon as we get back to Washington, will ask for authorization from Congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way. Something that gets their attention, that causes them to understand that we are not going to put up with that kind of activity," Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday."
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Filed under: Bob Corker • Syria
Osprey aircraft deployed for first time in support of Marine One
August 11th, 2013
07:56 AM ET
8 months ago

Osprey aircraft deployed for first time in support of Marine One

(CNN) - Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, aircraft that take off vertically, provided a dramatic new look for President Barack Obama's travel detail as he and the first lady began a Martha's Vineyard vacation on Saturday.

The Ospreys - making their presidential debut - shuttled White House staff, media and Secret Service members from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

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Filed under: Military • President Obama
Rand Paul says he might sue government
June 9th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
10 months ago

Rand Paul says he might sue government

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday he's looking into suing the federal government in the wake of what has been a tumultuous week for the Obama administration and National Security Agency.

"I'm going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level. I'm going to be asking the Internet providers and all of the phone companies; ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit," Paul said on FOX News Sunday.
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Filed under: NSA • Rand Paul
Rand Paul has some ideas for Republicans
March 24th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul has some ideas for Republicans

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday he doesn't think the United States fits into a left-right paradigm - and he has some ideas on how to make the Republican Party more appealing to voters.

"I think the Republican Party needs to find out how to be bigger, and I think I do bring some ideas to that. So I've talked to the Republican National Committee, the Republican National Committee chairman about things I think we need to do to be competitive," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday."
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President Obama: 'My joke writers have been placed on furlough'
March 9th, 2013
11:50 PM ET
1 year ago

President Obama: 'My joke writers have been placed on furlough'

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama attended the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner in Washington Saturday night, even cracking a joke on forced budget cuts along the way.

The annual event brings together politicians and Washington’s media elite. Because there’s limited press access, presidents who attend usually act a little looser than when the camera light is on.
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Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good
February 10th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good

(CNN) - Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress agreed Sunday that if sequestration budget cuts go into effect next month, there will be a negative impact on the economy and the country as a whole.

In separate appearances on NBC's "Meet The Press," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, both said they don't want the sequester cuts to take place. They suggested different ways to deal with the series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, spread out over the next decade, which are set to kick in on March 1.
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Filed under: Budget • Dick Durbin • Eric Cantor
Paul Ryan questions Obama's grasp of economy
January 27th, 2013
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul Ryan questions Obama's grasp of economy

(CNN) – Former GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday that President Barack Obama doesn't appreciate the seriousness of the nation's economic situation. "I don't think that the president actually thinks we're having a fiscal crisis," Ryan said.

Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," his first live national television interview since last year's election, Ryan shared his thoughts on the nation's fiscal health and whether he'll run for president in 2016.
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Filed under: 2016 • Debt • Deficit • Paul Ryan
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