WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From marauding jihadists in Iraq to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and beheadings of Americans in Syria, a world in crisis has fanned perceptions of an overwhelmed U.S. president and contributed to a Republican sweep of U.S. midterm elections.
But the slide of public confidence in President Barack Obama and the takeover of U.S. Congress by resurgent Republicans will complicate, though not seriously undermine, U.S. foreign policy that is grappling with wars in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and a more aggressive China in Asia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to approve $6.18 billion in new emergency funds this fiscal year to combat Ebola where it is raging in West Africa, as well as in the United States.
According to documents provided to Congress, the administration wants lawmakers to provide $4.5 billion in funds for immediate response to the deadly disease and another $1.5 billion in contingency money.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers dragged
the Ebola crisis into the political arena on Thursday, ramping
up their demands that President Barack Obama impose new
restrictions on travel from countries ravaged by the deadly
Returning to Washington from the campaign trail three weeks
before midterm elections, Republicans made the call for a travel
ban a dominant theme at a congressional hearing on the outbreak.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Fears are growing in
the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin
cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers
demanding the government ban travelers from the West African
countries hit hardest by the virus.
“The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this
disease,” the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell,
said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first
person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it will begin extra screening of passengers arriving at five of the country’s largest airports from West Africa as it increases efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak.
The enhanced screening will start at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend and be extended next week to Newark Liberty in New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday they would unveil within days new screening procedures for the deadly Ebola virus at the country’s airports to address public concern over the possibility of an outbreak.
“We’re working very intensively on the screening process both in the places of origin and upon arrival,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters. “We will absolutely look at every step that could tighten that process.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S. lawmakers pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to lean harder on Iran in talks over its nuclear program in a letter released on Thursday after Israel warned Washington not to go easy on Tehran.
Three hundred and fifty-four members – four-fifths – of the U.S. House of Representatives signed the letter sent to Kerry on Wednesday night, expressing concerns that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program might not require sufficiently strict inspections of its nuclear facilities.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mother of a U.S. Marine held for six months in a Mexican prison appealed on Wednesday for the U.S. government to do more to free her son, who told her his guards threatened him with rape, torture and execution.
Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found three guns in his pick-up truck at a border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. He was charged with weapons offenses and has been imprisoned in Mexico ever since.
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress might not
vote until next year on an authorization for President Barack
Obama’s air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and
Syria, congressional aides said on Monday, despite some
lawmakers’ insistence that approval is already overdue.
The U.S. military began a campaign in Iraq weeks ago to halt
advances by the Sunni group known as Islamic State, which has
killed thousands of people while seizing swaths of territory in
Iraq and Syria. The United States and five Arab nations began
air strikes against targets in Syria last week.