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Nov 14, 2014

U.S. seeks to ease influx of Central American child migrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington will allow some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status from their home countries, Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday, in a bid to stem an exodus of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border through Mexico.

The program only applies to children whose parents are legal residents of the United States. But Biden said it should provide an alternative for children making the “harrowing” journey alone from Central America in order to join their parents.

Nov 13, 2014

Lawmakers try, but fail, to force vote on Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers tried to force a vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday on a bill to impose tough new sanctions on Iran if negotiators do not reach what they see as an acceptable nuclear deal, but the measure failed to move ahead.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker asked for unanimous consent to allow a vote, but Democratic Senator Chris Murphy objected. “It would send a message that Congress does not stand with the president as the negotiations continue,” Murphy said.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. lawmakers try, but fail, to force vote on Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers tried to force a vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday on a bill to impose tough new sanctions on Iran if negotiators do not reach what they see as an acceptable nuclear deal, but the measure failed to move ahead.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker asked for unanimous consent to allow a vote, but Democratic Senator Chris Murphy objected. “It would send a message that Congress does not stand with the president as the negotiations continue,” Murphy said.

Nov 13, 2014

McCain, other US lawmakers, vow to save A-10 ‘Warthog’ aircraft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate’s powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon’s plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 “Warthog” aircraft.

The Pentagon, facing mandatory “sequestration” budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the tank-killer jets, saying it would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades.

Nov 12, 2014

Honduras seeks billions from U.S. to curb child migration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Honduras President Juan Hernandez wants the United States to invest billions of dollars to help curb the flow of illegal migrants from Central America, and said it will take much longer to stem the crisis without Washington’s help.

“If we have to do it alone, it will take us more time. But if we can do it together, it can be quicker and better for everyone,” he told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Nov 8, 2014

Power shift in U.S. Senate brings sterner tone to foreign policy debate

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The Republican takeover of the
U.S. Senate will bring a tough new tone to the debate over
Washington’s foreign policy, with lawmakers expected use their
new clout and power over the budget to promote a more
interventionist foreign policy.

While leaders of the Democratic-majority Senate mostly
backed President Barack Obama’s international goals, Republicans
plan to pressure the White House to take a tougher line on
Iran, Russia and Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 6, 2014

Despite election defeat, foreign policy is not ‘game over’ for Obama

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.

Nov 5, 2014

Obama seeks $6.2 billion to combat Ebola: officials

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.

Oct 31, 2014

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

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.

Oct 16, 2014

In U.S. Congress, Republicans step up demands for Ebola travel ban

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
virus.

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.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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