The White House hopes the working meeting with top GOP leaders in the House and Senate could lay the groundwork for modest legislative accomplishments in an otherwise contentious election year....Read More
FEDERAL RESERVE LEAVES INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED
The Federal Reserve acknowledged that the U.S. economy has slowed down but provided little guidance about when it would raise interest rates again....Read More
CHINA BACKS U.N. SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and China’s foreign minister agreed to move ahead with a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea for its latest nuclear test, but they appeared as far apart as ever on how far to push Pyongyang....Read More
SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCK SYRIAN REFUGEE BILL
Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a Republican bill that would have curbed the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States in order to prevent terrorists from slipping in....Read More
President Obama his final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's filled with policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes on the so-called wealthy. It will be dead-on-arrival in Congress.
The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a series of new executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and making some political headway on one of the most frustrating policy areas of President Obama’s tenure.
The package, which Obama plans to announce Tuesday, includes 10 separate provisions, White House officials said.
NEW BILL WOULD BAN WARRANTLESS CELL-PHONE TRACKING
A bill introduced Monday would make it illegal for law enforcement agencies to use a controversial cell-phone surveillance technology without a warrant. Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, the bill takes direct aim at ‘cell-site simulators,’ which are often known by the name of a common model, the Stingray.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) establishes minimum volumes of various types of renewable fuels that suppliers must blend into the United States’ supply of fuel for transportation. Those volumes—as defined by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)—are intended to grow each year through 2022. In recent years, the requirements of the RFS have been met largely by blending gasoline with ethanol made from cornstarch. In the future, EISA requires the use of increasingly large amounts of “advanced biofuels,” which include diesel made from biomass (such as soybean oil or animal fat), ethanol made from sugarcane, and cellulosic biofuels (made from converting the cellulose in plant materials into fuel).
In his last State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged a final push to close the U.S. military prison located at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Ever since the 2008 presidential election, ending this detention facility has been at the center of his platform. During his time in the Oval Office, however, he has found the issue to earn far less support than on the campaign trail. Each time he has tried to close the prison, Members from both sides of the aisle in Congress, including myself, have seen this as a reckless risk to our national security and declined his plans. -- Rep. Bill Long (MO)
While the U.S. Navy faces many challenges, from budget uncertainty at home to growing threats abroad, there are some encouraging trends that could make 2016 a good year for American Seapower.
As Chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, I will keep fighting to make sure our national security is provided for and our service members are equipped to accomplish their missions and return safely home. Rep. Forbes (MO)
COMMITTEE EXAMINES CHALLENGES FACED BY SENIORS AND VETERANS
Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to examine the various challenges faced by low-income seniors, veterans, and active-duty military. This hearing is a continuation of the full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much.
Mark, I want to thank you for your introduction. I still remember the first time we met, the time we spent together, and the conversation we had about Daniel. And that changed me that day. And my hope, earnestly, has been that it would change the country....
HOUSE SPEAKER'S RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT'S GUN POLICY
"From day one, the president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding. He knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue. Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens. His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.
According to the Federal Reserve, student loan debt topped $1.3 trillion in Sept. 2015. The Reducing Educational Debt, or RED Act was introduced to address this issue. It includes a provision that would provide two years of community college at no expense to qualified students.
Do you think community college tuition should be provided to qualified students at no cost?