Congressional Correspondent
Patricia's Feed
Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Senate Ukraine bill would impose sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will
consider legislation on Wednesday that would impose strict
sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, implement
reforms of the International Monetary Fund and provide aid to
the new government in Kiev.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the
bill later on Wednesday. Committee members said they thought it
would be passed by the panel, then sent on to the full Senate
for a vote.

Mar 11, 2014

CIA accused of spying on U.S. Senate intelligence committee

By Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – A bitter dispute between the CIA and the U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when the committee chairwoman accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

Veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said the CIA had searched computers used by committee staffers examining CIA documents when researching the agency’s counter-terrorism operations and its use of harsh interrogation methods such as simulated drowning or “waterboarding.”

Mar 11, 2014

IMF funding issue delays U.S. Congress Ukraine bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers debated on Tuesday whether to include a shift in funding for the International Monetary Fund in a bill to address the crisis in Ukraine, raising concerns that the measure could be delayed for weeks.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee had hoped to vote on Tuesday on a package that aides said would include aid for Ukraine and sanctions, as well as $1 billion in loan guarantees.

Mar 11, 2014

Obama’s NSA nominee aims to build trust in beleaguered spy agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the National Security Agency pledged on Tuesday to look for ways to build confidence in the beleaguered spy agency and, in a possible shift, stopped short of calling former contractor Edward Snowden a traitor.

Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, now the Navy’s top cyber warrior, was cautious during often terse exchanges at a Senate hearing on his confirmation to also lead the U.S. Cyber Command that saw critics and supporters prod him about the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records, a program exposed by Snowden.

Mar 11, 2014

Senator says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle

(Reuters) – A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA’s handling of her panel’s investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the September 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.

Mar 10, 2014

U.S. Senate passes military sex assault bill, may take months in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 97-0 on Monday to pass reforms in how the military handles sexual assault cases, but it likely will be many months before the changes become law.

The measure must still be approved by the House of Representatives, where Democratic and Republican aides said it is unlikely to be up for a vote until much later in 2014.

Mar 10, 2014

Senate preparing Ukraine bill with sanctions, loan guarantees: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators are preparing a bill to address the crisis in Ukraine that includes sanctions and aid provisions, as well as backing for loan guarantees, Senate aides said on Monday.

However, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were still undecided on whether to include a shift in funding for the International Monetary Fund that has been urged by the Obama administration, the aides said.

Mar 10, 2014

U.S. Senate preparing Ukraine bill with sanctions, loan guarantees -aides

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – U.S. senators are preparing
a bill to address the crisis in Ukraine that includes sanctions
and aid provisions, as well as backing for loan guarantees,
Senate aides said on Monday.

However, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
were still undecided on whether to include a shift in funding
for the International Monetary Fund that has been urged by the
Obama administration, the aides said.

Mar 7, 2014

U.S. Senate rejects a bid to overhaul how military handles sexual assault

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted down a bill on Thursday seeking to overhaul the way the U.S. military handles cases of sexual assault by giving authority to prosecute sexual assault cases to an independent military prosecutor instead of top commanders.

The bill, sponsored by New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand only got 55 of the 60 votes it would have needed to go ahead under Senate rules. The vote was 55-45, with 23 senators crossing party lines.

Mar 7, 2014

In U.S. strategy on Ukraine, a whiff of Kennan’s ‘containment’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns on Thursday laid out a strategy of patiently trying to counter Russia, including its intervention in Ukraine, reminiscent of legendary American diplomat George Kennan’s concept of “containment.”

Testifying before Congress, Burns suggested that Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian region of Crimea reflected Moscow’s weakness, not its strength, and that a resolution, if one is possible, will take time.

    • About Patricia

      "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"
    • More from Patricia

    • Contact Patricia

    • Follow Patricia