WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s
pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “absurd” to argue
that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement and
going to war.
Obama made a “huge mistake” with that argument, McConnell, a
Republican, told reporters in response to a speech by Obama on
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress want to keep pressing the attack on Planned Parenthood by trying to cut off its federal funds, but Republican leaders are sounding wary with crucial tax and budget issues looming ahead.
After three weeks of controversy over the women’s healthcare and abortion provider, Republicans are in disarray over their next steps in a fight that could run for months if it gets enmeshed in a budget debate on track to begin next month.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.
Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber, but it received only 53 votes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group’s records show.
Safari Club International said it had suspended member Walter Palmer and called for an inquiry into the death of a lion known as Cecil. The big cat’s killing has triggered an international furor and an investigation by U.S. wildlife authorities.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner on Wednesday brushed off a conservative lawmaker’s call for his ouster, saying it was “no big deal” because he has broad support among Republicans who form the majority in the chamber.
Boehner said that the fellow Republican who introduced the resolution on Tuesday, Representative Mark Meadows, is just one member of Congress, adding that Meadows’ motion “isn’t even deserving of a vote.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a motion on Tuesday to try to oust fellow Republican John Boehner from his leadership position, saying he was tired of a “punitive culture” against dissidents in the lawmaking body.
It is unlikely the motion by Representative Mark Meadows to remove Boehner as Speaker of the House will pass or even come to a vote, but it highlights the friction within the Republican Party ahead of a presidential election in 2016.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is setting the stage for months of debate on a tax break for overseas corporate profits, a perennial proposal made over by being linked to another issue, funding for highway construction.
The tax-break-for-road-funding package has backers but also many critics in Washington. By the end of 2015, it could provide a short-term highway funding solution and have a long-lasting impact on corporate tax policy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday urged a probe of federal contracts being awarded to manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Plc, saying this violates U.S. law banning federal contract awards to “inverted” companies that have reincorporated abroad to avoid U.S. taxes.
The Democrats wrote to the Army inspector general to query a contract they said Ingersoll Rand received from the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to demand an investigation into reports that the company had been cleared for federal contracts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday abruptly canceled a vote on a measure that would allow the Confederate battle flag to be flown in cemeteries operated by the National Park Service, after an outcry by opponents.
The House canceled consideration of a fiscal 2016 spending bill for the Interior Department, which funds the park service. An amendment to that bill, by Republican Representative Ken Calvert of California, was pending and would have continued to allow the use and sale of Confederate flags in national parks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Relatives and friends of the victims of last month’s shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church traveled to Washington on Wednesday to demand that U.S. lawmakers vote on legislation to expand background checks on gun sales.
But their chances of success are at best considered slim. Similar legislation failed a Senate vote two years ago after 20 children were shot to death in the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut.