Paul to Obama: End Foreign Aid to Egypt

In a strongly worded letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., urges the administration to reverse the State Department’s decision to release foreign aid to Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waived congressional restrictions on U.S. assistance to the African country in March after the release of more than a dozen pro-democracy activists. […]

Paul Blocks Sanctions Bill Against Iran

Demanding Congress make it clear that the U.S. is not declaring war on Iran, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., successfully blocked an effort to impose tougher sanctions on the foreign country’s financial system. The bill would give President Obama the power to require U.S. firms disclose any relationship to Iranian activities and penalize parent companies whose […]

Reid ♥ McConnell

Speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center event, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., wants people to know that despite public perception he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., get along fabulously. Evoking McConnell’s idol, Henry Clay, the Democratic leader told the crowd there is even an attempt to foster more cooperation and compromise between the […]

Democrats Pounce McConnell for Mentioning Iran War Resolution, Military Force

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., advised lawmakers to be cautious about publicly discussing a possible war with Iran after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggested the Senate should consider a resolution to would allow President Obama to use military force to prevent the Middle Eastern country from getting nuclear weapons. McConnell said publicly […]

McConnell Preemptively Criticizes Obama Address

Speaking on the Senate floor hours before the State of the Union, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., preemptively slammed President Obama’s annual address, saying he is already disappointed in the speech. The president is scheduled to deliver the nationally televised speech in the House chamber Tuesday, and several reports have signaled it will focus on […]

Boehner Clock Urges Democrats to Pass GOP Payroll Tax Plan

The office of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Oh., released a “countdown clock” on Tuesday to urge Senate Democrats to pass the Republican-sponsored bill extending the payroll tax cuts. The House approved the legislation by a 234-to-193 vote last night, despite a veto threat from President Obama and a pledge by Senate Majority […]

McConnell Urges Passage of GOP Payroll Tax Plan

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged the House to pass a Republican plan that extends the payroll tax cut. But the legislation includes wording to speed up federal approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which has become a dividing issue. The 1,700-mile link would bring oil from Alberta, […]

Paul Derides Democrats Over FEMA Funding

With a partisan fight over a short-term federal spending bill escalating, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is criticizing Senate Democrats over federal disaster funding and blaming them for another potential government shutdown. Democrats and Republicans disagree over how to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency and whether it should include cuts to other programs. Senate […]

Yarmuth: Chances of Shutdown Deal Are “Very Slim”

With less than 11 hours before the midnight Friday deadline, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called proposed cuts made by Republicans reckless and doubted a deal will be made to stop a government shutdown. Top Democrats and Republicans have publicly disagreed about the reasons for an impasse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters […]

Shutdown Negotiations Yield No Deal

With less than a day until a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday night. The president met with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reach an agreement on a federal budget before the midnight Friday deadline. All sides have said their differences have […]