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.
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.
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.
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.
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.