Congressional Committees

Manchester Attack Comes at Pivotal Moment in Britain's History

The device was apparently a crude collage of household items, nuts, screws and bolts packed around 2 lb. of explosives. Like its creator, it appears …

U.S. Congress

Mnuchin wants gov't borrowing limit raised before August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget (all times local):<p>2:40 p.m.<p>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) is urging lawmakers to pass legislation to increase the government's borrowing limit before leaving on their August recess.<p>Mnuchin also urged the House Ways …

U.S. Congress

House-approved health care bill to cut deficit, cause 23 million to lose coverage

The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday the GOP’s revised effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion and cause 23 million people to lose insurance coverage over the course of the next decade.<p>The report predicts the overall number of …

Health Care

Nobody likes the border adjustment tax — except the House Republicans who won't let it go

The border adjustment tax seemed as good as dead. Big retailers like Walmart and Target had been lobbying hard against it. The National Retail Federation launched an aggressive campaign to kill it. The Senate didn’t seem to want it. And the White House doesn’t like it.<p>But the provision, which would …

U.S. Congress

GOP rep: Sessions should have known to disclose Russia meetings

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Republican congressman said Wednesday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have known better than to fail to disclose meetings with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance.<p>The Justice Department told CNN that Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador …

Robert Mueller

The government's own rules are blocking people from getting off of disability | Commentary

The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides benefits to nearly 8.8 million who can no longer work due to illness or injury. This …

Disability Insurance

Mnuchin Boosts Urgency for Congress to Raise U.S. Debt Limit - Bloomberg

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged members of Congress Wednesday to increase the U.S. debt ceiling before taking their August recess, as the …

U.S. Congress

Summers on Mulvaney

<b>SUMMERS ON MULVANEY</b> — Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and senior economic adviser to President Barack Obama, did not take kindly to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney criticizing economic assumptions used in Obama’s budgets.<p><b>Here was Mulvaney on Wednesday</b>: “I went back and looked at some of the …

Steven Mnuchin

First on CNN: Pence tax lobbying sparks Hill backlash

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Mike Pence's attempt to peel away House Republicans to support the White House's tax plan spurred a backlash among a critical bloc of conservative lawmakers Wednesday, Hill sources said.<p>Pence pressed Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker to poll his …

U.S. Congress

US to impose ‘additional sanctions’ on Iran

<b>The US Department of the Treasury is reviewing licenses for Boeing Co. and Airbus to sell Iran aircraft, while it will do its best to impose</b> …

Iran

Mnuchin walks back AI statement

Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he is "fully aware" artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Chaffetz: Congress should provide oversight on special counsel probe

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz: Congress should provide oversight on special counsel probe Cummings: 'There …

U.S. Congress

Senate GOP Obamacare Talks Seek to Avoid House Bill's Pitfalls - Bloomberg

Senate Republicans are weighing a two-step process to replace Obamacare that would postpone a repeal until 2020, as they seek to draft a more modest …

ObamaCare

The Senate just approved new sanctions on Iran while keeping the nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved bipartisan legislation that would authorize the president to levy new penalties on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place.<p>Lawmakers voted 18-3 on Thursday to pass the bill.<p>The legislation would impose mandatory …

Iran

John Kerry goes on tweetstorm as Senate eyes Iran legislation

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryJohn Kerry goes on tweetstorm as Senate eyes Iran legislation John Kerry's advice to Harvard grads: …

Iran

Trump’s Bad: Palestinians Aren’t Ready to Discuss Peace

Polls show Palestinians are the most radicalized, anti-peace population in the Muslim world.

Israel

U.S. Senate committee passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed legislation on Thursday that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, support for Islamist militant groups, weapons transfers and human rights violations.<p>The vote was 18-3 in favor of the …

Senate Committees

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers

Updated 05/25/2017 12:55 PM EDT<p>As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House.<p>Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an …

U.S. Congress

Senate panel OKs ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.<p>The move — by voice vote on Thursday — all but assures that the full Senate will confirm Brown's selection for the post after the Memorial Day …

Politics

Mnuchin: WH won't double-count economic growth

The Trump administration did not intend to double-count the economic growth produced by tax reform, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, …

Ron Wyden

Rep. Cummings recovering after 'minimally invasive' heart surgery

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, is in the hospital after undergoing “minimally invasive” heart surgery on Wednesday, his office said Thursday.<p>Cummings is expected to spend a few days in the hospital in Baltimore, where he underwent a procedure known as …

Medicine

Budget plan clears New Hampshire Senate committee

A key committee in New Hampshire's Senate has passed its version of the state's new two-year budget.<p>The Senate Finance Committee approved the …

Senate Committees

The Trump Organization Says It's 'Not Practical' to Comply With the Emoluments Clause

The president’s business tells lawmakers it is too difficult to track all its foreign revenue in accordance with constitutional requirements, and it hasn’t asked Congress for a permission slip.<p>Days before taking office, Donald Trump said his company would donate all profits from foreign governments …

Trump Organization

Outflanking General Flynn

The Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday it would subpoena the former national security adviser’s businesses for Russia-related documents, potentially bypassing the Fifth Amendment.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee’s leaders ramped up their efforts on Tuesday to obtain Russia-related …

Government

Republicans in Congress struggle with this question: Do you trust Trump’s judgment?

It’s a simple question, but for Republicans in Congress, it’s not an easy one.<p>Do you trust President Trump’s judgment on major decisions?<p>“I’m not answering questions like that,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) after hopping off an underground tram shuttling him from the Capitol to his Senate office …

Politics

GOP rejects Dem effort to demand Trump’s tax returns

For the eighth time in the last three months, House Republicans on Wednesday voted down an effort by Democrats to make President Trump’s tax returns …

U.S. Congress

Democrats Want Deutsche Bank to Spill the Beans on Trump

Did Russia guarantee loans to the Trump Organization? Inquiring minds want to know.<p>We hope it does not surprise you to learn that President <b>Donald Trump</b> has a Russia problem. Since even before he took the oath of office, serious questions were being asked about his campaign’s ties to the Kremlin, …

Deutsche Bank

GOP lawmaker: Partisanship clouding Louisiana gas tax debate

A Louisiana Republican lawmaker scolded by her party's leaders for supporting a gas tax increase has shot back that the GOP effort to kill the bill …

Baton Rouge

Live stream: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies on Trump's first budget

Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary for the Trump administration, will go before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday to testify on the president's proposal to cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years while making major increases in defense spending and border …

Steven Mnuchin

Chief of Federal Student-Aid Programs Resigns

WASHINGTON—The official overseeing the U.S. government’s $1.3 trillion student-loan portfolio abruptly resigned late Tuesday, saying he couldn’t in “good conscience” lead the agency while it was facing rising scrutiny from the Trump administration about its management of the lending programs.<p>James …

Government