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Jun 24, 2014

Frustrated U.S. lawmakers urge tough action on child migration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday America should “whack” its Latin American neighbors by cutting aid in response to a flood of undocumented minors entering the United States, while another asked where the children should be “dropped off when the buses bring them back.”

As Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson assured U.S. lawmakers the Obama administration is doing everything it can, including dispatching more agents to the Mexican border, the crisis was deepening the stark battle lines between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. The debate adds another hurdle to efforts to pass legislation on immigration reform.

Jun 23, 2014

Democratic lawmakers propose lawyers for immigrant children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. lawmakers announced legislation on Monday that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values.

“It is a fantasy to believe that they have a fair shot in immigration proceedings without counsel,” New York U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries told a news conference.

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. lawmakers seek to honour Modi with address to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once denied a visa to enter the United States over massacres of Muslims, is expected to receive the honour of addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress during a visit to Washington in September.

California Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday and asked that he invite Modi to address a joint session of the House and Senate during his trip.

Jun 20, 2014

Lawmakers seek to honor India’s Modi with address to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once denied a visa to enter the United States over massacres of Muslims, is expected to receive the honor of addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress during a visit to Washington in September.

California Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday and asked that he invite Modi to address a joint session of the House and Senate during his trip.

Jun 19, 2014

In Washington, growing chorus calls for Iraq’s Maliki to go

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama came under pressure from U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country.

As Obama held an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders on U.S. options in Iraq, administration officials joined a chorus of criticism of Maliki, faulting him for failing to heal sectarian rifts that militants have exploited.

Jun 18, 2014

In Washington, growing chorus calls for removal of Iraq’s Maliki

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama came under pressure from U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as his failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country.

As Obama prepared to meet congressional leaders to discuss U.S. options in the Iraq crisis, senior administration officials joined the chorus of criticism against Maliki, faulting him for failing to heal sectarian rifts that militants have exploited.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. Senate’s Reid does not back sending U.S. troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he does not back sending any U.S. troops into the conflict in Iraq, which he described as a “civil war” on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama about the escalating crisis.

“I do not support in any way putting our men and women in the midst of this civil war in Iraq. It is not in the national security interest of our country,” Reid said in remarks opening the Senate’s daily session.

Jun 16, 2014

White House moves on funding for possible Iraq action: congressional aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is putting together a proposal to shift some money that had been designated for use in Afghanistan for possible military operations in Iraq, congressional aides said on Monday.

As they formulate a response to the Iraq crisis, White House officials have told lawmakers they will submit this week or next a request to Congress for “Overseas Contingency Operations” funding, carving out some money for Iraq that had previously been anticipated for use in Afghanistan.

Jun 12, 2014

Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

Obama was asked whether Washington would consider drone strikes to combat violence that threatens to break up the country. “Iraq is going to need more help. It’s going to need more help from us, and it’s going to need more help from the international community,” he said.

Jun 11, 2014

Hearing fails to calm anger over deal to free Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A closed-door congressional hearing on the release of Bowe Bergdahl failed to calm Republican anger on Tuesday over the administration’s secretive deal to trade five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo for the U.S. prisoner of war.

But a group of former soldiers defended the exchange and accused lawmakers of stoking the furor over the prisoner swap for political gain.

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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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