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Amendment to reduce Pentagon budget by 10 percent fails miserably

An amendment to make an across-the-board ten percent reduction to Pentagon spending levels authorized in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was overwhelmingly defeated by members of both parties.

Many disagreements between US House and Senate delay NDAA bill

Washington - Three issues are holding up a final annual defense policy bill the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): President Trump's border wall, the Space Force, and PFAS the forever chemicals linked to cancer.

U.S. House passes $1.48 trillion two-year military spending bill

Washington - A $1.48 trillion two-year military spending bill easily passed through the US House of Representatives by a vote of 284 for and only 149 against.

US House passes anti-BDS bill by a vote of 398 to 17

Washington - The US House of Representatives on July 23 passed H. Res 246, a bill expressing opposition to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed at Israel. The bill passed with a huge majority 398 for to just 17 against.

Dramatic increase in threats against U.S. lawmakers in 2017

Washington - According to Paul Irving, the Sergeant-at-Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives, members of Congress have received more threats so far in 2017 than they did all last year. Irving is looking for ways to provide more funds for lawmakers’ security.

U.S. House passes Email Privacy Act for a second time

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to obtain access to old emails. The proposed legislation is now headed to the Senate. This is the second time the House passed the bill.

U.S. House easily passes $619 billion defense bill

Washington - The U.S. House easily passed a defense policy bill to the tune of $619 billion. It will fund operations in Afghanistan, against the Islamic State (IS) and also halt reductions in military manpower as well as fill gaps in military readiness.

U.S. House bans microbeads in personal care products by 2019

Washington - Several states have passed legislation to put and end to the use of tiny microbeads in beauty products, but now the rest of the nation is catching up. It's all part of an effort to keep the tiny plastic beads out of the ocean and our seafood.

Op-Ed: U.S. House of Representatves passes $612 billion defense bill

Washington - In spite of President Barack Obama's threat of a veto, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a $612 billion military spending bill.

U.S. House passes Keystone XL bill that now goes to Senate

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives controlled by Republicans easily passed a bill that approves the Keystone XL pipeline that also circumvents the need to get presidential approval for the project.

Republicans slowly embracing marijuana

For years the U.S. House has been turning down proposals dealing with marijuana but this week that all changed when the House approved a new measure.

Op-Ed: The November midterm elections may be about more than Obamacare

The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on Obamacare in the congressional races — however, in the gubernatorial and state legislature contests, the election may be about something else entirely.

Op-Ed: Florida's special election could be a predictor of the midterms

Florida's 13th congressional district held a special election last week, and its results may offer a tea-leaf reading on the upcoming midterm elections.

Op-Ed: Obama's minimum wage attempt offers nothing for middle class

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, it might be helpful understand the scope of the mathematics that are being tossed around on the minimum wage question.

McCain: Glitches in roll-out of Obamacare enrollment a 'fiasco'

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) characterized the rollout of the Obamacare enrollment process as a "fiasco."

Senator Cruz on debt deal: 'Senate Republicans declined to unify'

In comments made on Saturday to the Texas Medical Association, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) framed the Republican compromise on the government shutdown as a result of GOP infighting.

Op-Ed: Tea Party — Party of Deadbeats

Washington - Try an experiment. Go without paying your credit card bill next month. And then, if you have a car payment, ignore it. And that mortgage? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Reid: Boehner 'can't take yes for an answer' on shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now in its eighth day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his frustration with the House GOP request for negotiations.

Op-Ed: Senate Dems set to call Boehner's bluff

Washington - On Sunday, "Speaker of the House" John Boehner told ABC News "This Week" that there just were not enough votes in the House to pass a clean bill to raise the nation's debt limit. The Senate is apparently going to call his bluff.

Obama issues video statement to US military amid shutdown

Amid the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, President Obama released a video to reassure the nation's military that it will have the resources needed to function.

Polls: More than 60% of Americans want spending cuts

As Democratic and Republican congressional legislators head toward a possible government shutdown over their federal budget and debt ceiling differences, more than 60 percent of Americans want spending cuts.

Senate kicks 'shutdown ball' back to House GOP

Washington - The ball is back in the court of the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, as the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed legislation to avert a government shutdown. However, a shutdown looms as House GOPers seem determined to have one.

Senator Graham on the Affordable Care Act: 'This bill sucks'

With the federal budget debate heating up among congressional legislators, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Fox News to defend the GOP effort to defund Obamacare and said the bill "sucks."

Obama: Republicans 'trying to mess with me' with budget bill

After House Republicans passed a bill that continued to fund the government while defunding Obamacare, President Obama characterized the GOP as a body that is "trying to mess with me."

House passes legislation to cut food stamps by $40 billion

Washington - Yesterday in a 217 - 210 vote, the House passed legislation that would cut spending on food stamp programs over the next 10 years.

Biden: House GOP a 'Neanderthal crowd' on women's violence issue

Slamming Republican congressional legislators in the House on their deliberations over the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden labeled them the "Neanderthal crowd."

Obama on a Syrian military strike: 'The world set a red line'

Speaking to reporters in Sweden, President Obama detailed his case for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria and said the red line drawn was the world's.

Boehner: Syrian strike something the 'country needs to do'

Washington - Leadership from both parties in the House expressed their support for President Obama's desire for a military strike on Syria, with House Speaker John Boehner stressing the need for the US to act.

Op-Ed: US House vote tries to block Gitmo transfers to Yemen

Washington - On Friday (June 14) the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit use of federal funds to transfer detainees to Yemen from Guantanamo Bay,

Comprehensive immigration reform considered on Senate floor

Debate on the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, SB 744, continues this week, as a series of amendments are being considered that aim to make the bill palatable for Senate and House Republicans, who so far, have opposed immigration reform.
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