12:49 PM, Feb 19, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
More than three-quarters of likely voters say negotiations with Iran should have the goal of stopping the regime in Tehran from ever getting nuclear weapons capability. According to a new poll from Republican pollster John McLaughlin, likely voters were asked about the United States's current "secret negotiations" with Iran.
"In your opinion, should the goal of these negotiations be to stop Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon, or should it be to accept Iran into the ranks of nations who have nuclear weapons?” asked the question. Seventy-six percent of respondents said the goal should be to "stop Iran" from getting nukes, while just 10 percent said Iran should be allowed to have them.
In addition, 79 percent of respondents said any agreement with Iran on its nuclear program should have the approval of both the president and Congress, while 67 percent agreed that Iran would use its nuclear weapons to arm terrorists that would attack the United States as well as use them to attack Israel.
Voters also appear to support the upcoming address from Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress, with 59 percent supporting the speech (including 36 percent who say they strongly support it). Just 23 percent say they oppose Netanyahu's speech.
3:29 PM, Feb 3, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, Democrats took advantage of the Senate's filibuster rules to block a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the fiscal year. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month, would fund the department at current levels but block funding for implementing President Obama's December 2014 executive order on immigration.
ABC News reports that just 51 senators voted to close debate on the bill, with every Democrat voting against cloture and effectively blocking the Senate's ability to hold a vote on the legislation:
12:01 PM, Feb 2, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The White House has submitted its latest budget proposal to Congress, and the Republican chairs of the budget committees in both the Senate and the House are criticizing the plan for increasing spending and raising taxes. In a joint statement House budget chair Tom Price of Georgia and Senate budget chair Mike Enzi of Wyoming blasted President Obama's proposal:
12:12 PM, Jan 23, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisiana governor and potential presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said it was a "shame" that House Republican leaders had to put aside a bill banning abortions occuring after the 20th week of pregnancy. Speaking on Fox News Thursday night, the Republican said, "it shouldn't take a lot of political courage to stand up and say we are going to end late-term abortions in America."
9:42 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The House of Representatives passed a long-term spending bill Thursday night, just hours before the current continuing budget resolution is set to run out. The vote of 219 to 206, including nearly 60 Democrats, took longer than the alotted 15 minutes as House members from both parties witheld their votes for several minutes.
4:03 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California has announced her opposition to the 2015 omnibus spending bill. Congress is attempting to pass the bill to continue funding for the federal government, which runs out at 12 midnight Friday morning. Without passing this bill or a short-term continuing resolution, the government will necessarily shut down.
1:43 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate Thursday. An emotional Coburn thanked the staff of the Senate and the U.S. Capitol before delivering an assessment of the state of the Congress and of the country. Watch the video below:
12:25 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
John Boehner said he would not commit to bringing up a bill to strip critical funding from the Department of Homeland Security in the next Congress. Instead, the speaker of the House says there are "lots of options" for blocking President Obama's executive order on immigration. At a Thursday press conference in the Capitol, Boehner did not guarantee the House would vote to block or cut off funding from DHS once Republicans had control of both houses of Congress in 2015.
5:15 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security is hiring 1,000 new employees and has secured new office space to implement provisions of the November executive order on immigration. The Washington Times reports:
5:24 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House speaker John Boehner released a brief YouTube message ahead of President Obama's Thursday night address on his executive action on immigration.
"The president had said before that he's not king and he's not an emperor," Boehner says. "But he's sure acting like one."
Watch the video below:
Rescission, not shutdown.4:17 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republicans on Capitol Hill remain unsure of how to proceed should President Obama issue his expected executive order on immigration.
10:46 AM, Nov 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House speaker John Boehner told President Obama at a White House meeting last Friday to give the House "one more chance" to pass a bill on immigration. Boehner referenced this conversation at the House Republican conference meeting Thursday morning, according to sources in the room.