Mike D Rogers

House Defense Panel Would Create Space Force

Next stop for the military, outer space? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A House Armed Services panel intends to create a new fighting force called Space Corps within the Air Force to improve the U.S. military’s ability to address threats in space, according to a summary of the Strategic Forces panel’s forthcoming fiscal 2018 mark.

“There is bipartisan acknowledgement that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding,” said a joint statement from Mike D. Rogers of Alabama and Jim Cooper of Tennessee, the panel’s chairman and ranking Democrat, respectively. “We are convinced that the Department of Defense is unable to take the measures necessary to address these challenges effectively and decisively, or even recognize the nature and scale of its problems. Thus, Congress has to step in.”

Spy Agencies Gear Up for Fight Over Surveillance Authority
Battle could echo debate over 2015 Patriot Act renewal

From left, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo, appear during a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Hart Building titled "World Wide Threats" on May 11. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will pit civil liberties advocates who oppose the warrantless eavesdropping authority it provides, against law enforcement agencies that say it’s crucial to their efforts to combat terrorism.

The provision allows law enforcement to snoop on the communications of foreigners believed to be overseas, although American officials acknowledge that the communications of Americans are sometimes swept up as well — something known as “incidental collection.”

Looming Questions, Few Answers, About Who Will Replace Comey
Ouster of FBI director prompts flurry of speculation about replacement

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has denied speculation that he is in the running to replace ousted FBI Director James B. Comey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The ouster of FBI Director James B. Comey prompted a flurry of speculation Wednesday about who could be named as his replacement.

Projections for potential candidates included Trump confidantes, Capitol Hill insiders and career investigators. But there were no clear answers about who might fill the post.

American Bridge Targets Vulnerable Republicans on Russia
Focuses on Republican members in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, is one of three Republicans being targeted by liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is targeting three vulnerable Republicans to push for an independent commission to investigate Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s administration.

The group has been making a series of videos highlighting connections between members of Trump’s campaign team and his administration and Russia.

How Devin Nunes Got Where He Is Today
Networking, not expertise, got him the Intel gavel so many now want to take away

California Rep. Devin Nunes is facing criticism for gridlocking the House Intelligence Committee at a potentially historic point in history. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Any search for a single Republican capable of undermining not only his party’s efforts to project a modicum of independence from President Donald Trump, but also the House’s institutional standing in the world of global affairs oversight, would not normally focus on an alfalfa and dairy farmer turned congressman from California.

But such is the uniquely unsettled nature of Washington this spring that the open casting call for the most newly pilloried person at the Capitol this year is over after just 10 weeks, the role awarded by virtually unanimous consent to Devin Gerald Nunes.

Rogers’ Bill Would Tax Undocumenteds to Pay for Wall
Would impose a 2 percent fee on wire transfers to home countries

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., introduced legislation that would have undocumented immigrants pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico Border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers introduced legislation that would make undocumented immigrants pay for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The bill introduced Tuesday would impose a 2 percent fee on all wire transfers to the home country of undocumented immigrants, AL.com reported.

McConnell and Paul Frame Outcome for GOP Health Care Overhaul
While majority leader rallies with Trump, Paul works against their plan

Sen. Rand Paul left Kentucky before President Donald Trump arrived to stump for the House Republican health care plan. (George LeVines/CQ Roll Call)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Over all the years that Mitch McConnell attended college basketball games at Freedom Hall, the Louisville alumnus probably never envisioned a scene like what played out Monday night.

The building was still a sea of red, but “Make America Great Again” hats had supplanted much of the Cardinals gear.

A Week Full of Big-Ticket Items
GOP health plan, Gorsuch hearings, intelligence briefings mix together

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expects late votes on Thursday on the GOP health care plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress will have its hands full this week with several big-ticket political and policy debates, starting on Monday and reaching deep into the week.

The Senate won’t return for floor action until Tuesday, but the chamber will start the week off Monday at 11 a.m. with the Judiciary Committee’s hearing to consider the nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch and senators will make opening statements on Monday. Senators are scheduled to question the high court nominee on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, the Judiciary panel is scheduled to hear from outside witnesses.

House Intel Seeks Clarity From Comey on Wiretap Claims
Lawmakers want answers on investigation into Russian meddling, surveillence

Nunes, right, and Schiff, left, will hold a public hearing on the panel’s widespread investigation on Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Intelligence Committee members are looking for FBI Director James Comey to put an “exclamation point” on Monday to unfounded claims made by President Donald Trump alleging the Republican president was wiretapped by his Democratic predecessor.

The panel will hold its first public hearing on a widespread investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year.

High Risk for Trump’s Asking Congress to Probe His Tapping Claim
Intelligence panels’ bipartisan approach might lead to answers president won’t like

President Donald Trump’s calls on Congress to investigate his wiretapping allegations carries many risks and could also complicate the selling of his legislative agenda, Hawkings writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In the long and storied history of congressional investigations, there’s no record of lawmakers acting at the president’s behest to get to the bottom of his own extraordinarily explosive but totally unsubstantiated allegations.

But that is going to be the case in the already amply unprecedented era of President Donald Trump. The result could not only change the very nature of legislative branch oversight, but also alter the turbulent course of this nascent administration.