WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi’s cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue.
Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, who became more famous for his abdominal muscles and “Downton Abbey”-style office decor than for his legislative accomplishments, on Thursday cited God, the Bible and Abraham Lincoln in his farewell to Congress.
The 33-year-old Illinois Republican, first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, had just cast his final vote as he resigns from Congress, ending – at least for now – what had been called a promising political career.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s nomination
of Loretta Lynch to become the next attorney general is likely
to be put on hold in the U.S. Senate until at least mid-April,
congressional aides said on Monday, as Republicans and Democrats
squabble over unrelated legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that a
bill clamping down on domestic human trafficking be passed
before a vote is held on confirming Lynch to the top law
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – Republican defense hawks in
the U.S. Congress moved on Thursday to boost military funding in
their budget plans, setting up a clash with fiscal conservatives
in their party as the spending blueprints head to crucial votes
The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved
its plan with an amendment to add $38 billion to an off-budget
war funding account to boost military spending for fiscal 2016.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense hawks in the U.S. House of Representatives will push for more robust 2016 military spending next week, Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, setting the stage for a potentially contentious debate as the House lays out its budget blueprint.
“There is overwhelming support in our conference for providing additional resources to protect our national security,” Boehner told reporters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the second time in two days, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to break a legislative deadlock that has left the fate of a human trafficking bill in doubt and put U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in limbo.
By a vote of 57-41, three short of the minimum needed, the bill cracking down on domestic human trafficking failed to clear a procedural hurdle.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rush of Central American children entering the United States illegally has eased from last year’s crisis levels but remains brisk, according to new government data, and immigration experts fear the onset of warm weather could bring another surge.
More than 68,000 children traveling without parents, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were detained last year for entering the United States without immigration documents.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has been briefed on an
incident in which two Secret Service officers are alleged to
have driven a government-issued car into White House barricades
last week after a party, a White House official said on
The incident, which is under investigation, comes on the
heels of a series of scandals about the conduct and leadership
of the agency that protects the president and his family.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bruised but undeterred, some of the far-right Republicans who picked a fight in Congress and lost this week over funding the U.S. domestic security agency say they’re just getting started.
The views of a handful of first-term conservatives who spoke with Reuters after the Department of Homeland Security battle suggest more conflict among Republicans lies ahead.
WASHINGTON(Reuters) – War rooms of lawmakers and their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to influence the Supreme Court’s nine justices who will hear arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.
These informal working groups, staffed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress, have gone into high gear in recent days.