The State Department issued a rare worldwide, three-month travel alert out of concern about radical Islamic terrorism, in a sign of continuing fears about the militants’ reach....Read More
HOUSE VOTES TO PASS THE SAFE ACT
The House passed a bill to halt the admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. until they undergo a more stringent vetting process....Read More
STATE GOVERNORS WON'T ACCEPT SYRIAN REFUGEES
Governors across the country are scrambling to close off their states to resettled Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris that are linked to Islamic State extremists....Read More
SUPREME COURT TAKES UP ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
The Supreme Court has decided to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman’s constitutional rights...Read More
The House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers. The shift is due to a number of factors, including pressure from constituents to take action. (Nat. Journal)
HOUSE PASSES BILL TO TIGHTEN FLOW OF SYRIAN REFUGEES
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at tightening controls on refugees from Syria and Iraq, in what Republican leaders say is a swift and strong response to last week’s terror attacks in Paris.
The vote was 289 to 137.
The bill’s fate, however, is uncertain after President Obama delivered a veto threat Wednesday and key senators said they are more concerned about security vulnerabilities other than the refugee program. -- Washington Post
PARIS — French leaders vowed Monday to hunt down Islamic State militants behind last week’s carnage in Paris, as European authorities intensified efforts to untangle the plot behind the worst violence on French soil in more than a half century.
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).
BILL TO PREVENT GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES FROM RETURNING TO TERRORISM
Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have introduced the Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act of 2015, legislation that would improve the monitoring of former Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred to foreign countries to prevent them from returning to terrorism. The Senators introduced the bill days after returning from a trip to the detention facility over the weekend.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the completion of the conference on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy:
“I thank each of my colleagues – Senator Jack Reed, Rep. Mac Thornberry, and Rep. Adam Smith – for their hard work in a thoughtful and productive conference process. I can think of no better partners in upholding the Armed Services Committees’ proud tradition of bipartisan cooperation in support of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
The Obama Administration recently announced plans to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States over the next year. In light of the recent attacks in Paris, many are suggesting that the State Department halt efforts to bring these refugees into the United States until Congress reviews the potential national security risks and monetary costs associated with the refugee admission program.
Do you think the State Department should halt efforts to bring Syrian refugees into the United States at this time?