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Apr 2, 2014

Lawmakers call for declassifying CIA report, cite torture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee came out on Wednesday in favor of declassifying parts of a report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” methods, saying they had concluded some detainees “were subjected to techniques that constituted torture.”

The announcement by Maine Senators Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an Independent aligned with the Democrats, was an important boost for the declassification push a day before the panel is expected to vote on the issue.

Apr 2, 2014

U.S. Congress passes Ukraine aid, sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a package of aid and sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, and sent the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The 378-34 vote backed a package that was overwhelmingly approved last week by the U.S. Senate, a rare show of bipartisanship after weeks of haggling between Democrats and Republicans over how best to respond to the crisis.

Apr 1, 2014

U.S. House backs Ukraine aid, sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The 378-34 vote was in support of a package approved by the U.S. Senate, meaning it will be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law, ending weeks of haggling in Congress over how best to support Ukraine.

Apr 1, 2014

Lawmakers outraged over Iran U.N. choice, seek change in law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hardline U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they were concerned about Iran’s selection of a U.N. envoy linked to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, and called on the Obama administration to do what it can to prevent him from taking up the post in New York.

“That really has got to be a serious question, as to whether or not the State Department gives … a visa to him,” Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Reuters.

Apr 1, 2014

U.S. lawmakers outraged over Iran U.N. choice, seek change in law

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – Hardline U.S. lawmakers said
on Tuesday they were concerned about Iran’s selection of a U.N.
envoy linked to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, and called on the
Obama administration to do what it can to prevent him from
taking up the post in New York.

“That really has got to be a serious question, as to whether
or not the State Department gives … a visa to him,” Democratic
Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, told Reuters.

Mar 28, 2014

Ukraine aid bill delayed a few more days in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved aid to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, but the measure will not become law until at least next week, congressional aides said on Friday.

The House of Representatives left for the weekend without approving a final version of the legislation. Aides said it would be considered first thing when members return to Washington on Tuesday, April 1.

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. Congress passes aid for Ukraine, sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills on Thursday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The Senate passed its legislation by voice vote and the House voted for its legislation by 399-19, two days after Senate Democrats ended a weeks-long standoff by agreeing to remove from the legislation reforms to the International Monetary Fund urged by the White House but opposed by many Republicans.

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. Senate, House pass bills for Ukraine aid, sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills on Thursday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The Senate passed its legislation by voice vote and the House voted for its legislation by 399-19, two days after Senate Democrats agreed to remove from the legislation reforms to the International Monetary Fund opposed by many Republicans.

Mar 26, 2014

Lawmakers bash Obama administration’s ‘delusional’ Syria policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers lashed out at the Obama administration’s handling of Syria’s civil war on Wednesday, demanding a stronger American response to the conflict and better communication from the White House about its plans.

Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed deep frustration after Anne Patterson, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, declined to answer a question about strategy in a public setting.

Mar 25, 2014

U.S. lawmakers drop IMF reforms from Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats agreed on Tuesday to drop language outlining reforms of the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill to increase the odds it will get through Congress, said Majority Leader Harry Reid, after weeks of partisan bickering that had delayed the package.

Reid cited stiff opposition to the IMF reform provisions in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

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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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