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House Bill Drafted to Enhance Vetting of Refugees

The House will vote Thursday to enhance oversight of the screening process for refugees from Syria and Iraq, but it will not consider legislation to “pause” the program sought by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

McCain: Obama Assertion on ISIS 'Embarrassing'

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain criticized President Barack Obama’s defiant defense of the administration’s strategy to combat the Islamic State terror group.

House's Muslim Members Brace for Charged Terror Debate

Updated 5:30 p.m. | The two Muslim members of the House share the sentiments of their fellow Democrats: Under no circumstances should the United States block Syrian refugees from this country in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris..

Two Veteran Chairmen in Forefront After Paris Attacks

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the most famous moment when terrorism instantly replaced the economy as the congressional agenda item, editors here struggled to assemble a list of 28 lawmakers prepared to take ownership of the Hill’s new mission.

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Refugee Funding In Doubt After Paris Attacks

Senior GOP appropriators are backing away from a program to resettle Syrian refugees, jeopardizing funding to address what a leading Republican lawmaker once called “the greatest humanitarian disaster of my lifetime.”

Rubio Criticizes Cruz Over Surveillance After Paris Attacks

Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday connected the threat from the Islamic State terror group to recent action by Congress that he said weakened the U.S. intelligence community’s surveillance powers — and one of his leading presidential opponent’s votes on it.

Legal Troubles Await Governors Seeking to Bar Refugees

Governors could be opening their states to costly court challenges as they try to block Syrian refugees from settling in the United States after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Paris.

White House Briefings on Paris Set for House, Senate

Updated 8:32 p.m. | Members of Congress will get briefings from the Obama administration on the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, with sessions set Tuesday in the House and Wednesday in the Senate.

Paul Seeks U.S. Visa Moratorium After Paris Attacks

Sen. Rand Paul wants a moratorium imposed on the issuance of visas to enter the United States from dozens of countries.

More ISIS Attacks Likely 'in the Pipeline,' CIA Chief Says

CIA Director John O. Brennan said Monday the Islamic State has developed an “external operations agenda” to conduct deadly attacks beyond its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and he warned that the extremist group likely has operations similar to last week’s bloody rampage in Paris “in the pipeline.”

GOP Governors Say No to Syrian Refugees

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched a message Monday to President Barack Obama: Syrian refugees will be unwelcome in the Lone Star State.

Obama Defiant on ISIS Strategy After Paris Attacks

President Barack Obama made clear Monday he disagrees with critics who believe he should send thousands of U.S. military troops to Iraq and Syria to counter the Islamic State, after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris.

Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House’s active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

White House Hits GOP's Legal 'Track Record' in Gitmo Standoff

The White House is firing back at congressional Republicans who are threatening to sue should President Barack Obama use his executive authority to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, terrorist detention center.

Moving Gitmo Detainees Unites Political Left and Right

President Barack Obama already is hearing opposition from his political right over a coming plan to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility — and soon he will feel pressure from groups on his left.

Donnelly: 'Heartbreaking' Military Suicide 'Has to End'

Maj. Gen. Mark Graham stood in front of the handful of people gathered in a Senate office building Tuesday and recited a phone number.

Obama, Netanyahu Aim to Get Past Iran Deal Tension

President Barack Obama said Monday it’s time he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get past their “strong disagreement” over the Iran nuclear deal and work toward “blunting destabilizing activities” in Iran that threaten Israel.

Honoring Veterans, One Story at a Time

Americans will pause Wednesday to remember the nation’s veterans. But one Library of Congress project is working to ensure veterans’ stories are preserved for years to come.

It's Veterans Week in the Senate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has an aggressive plan for what could be a two-day workweek ahead of the Veterans Day holiday.

McCain to Democrats: Do You 'Give a Damn' About Servicemembers?

The Republican defense policy leader in the Senate wondered aloud Thursday if Democrats “don’t give a damn” about military personnel.




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