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As Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner smooched, members spent the remainder of the workweek protecting turtle passwords, choking up over Sam Houston and threatening to drop activists’ asses.
As Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner smooched, members spent the remainder of the workweek protecting turtle passwords, choking up over Sam Houston and threatening to drop constituents’ asses.
Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.
Monday night’s storm carried torrential rain, cannon shots of thunder and quarter-sized hail through the Washington-metro area. A 14-second video captured as the storm trekked across Capitol Hill shows a crack of lightning fracturing the sky and electrifying a security kiosk near the south door of the building.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back against an emerging “fast-track” trade deal at her weekly news conference Thursday, calling the legislation a “pothole” and saying Republicans had a responsibility to work with Democrats to develop a better framework.
“[If] they have 218 Republican votes … I don’t think they’ll pay too much attention to many of our concerns. I don’t know if they have that,” Pelosi said. “If they don’t have 218 votes, we have a further opportunity to say, ‘Where are some areas that we can come together.’”
Sens. Orrin G. Hatch and Ron Wyden along with Rep. Paul D. Ryan negotiated the trade framework, which the Ways and Means Committee marked up earlier today after the Senate Finance Committee approved a similar measure 20-6 on Wednesday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi extended condolences to the families of two Al Qaida hostages killed in a January strike at her weekly news conference Thursday, calling the deaths “heartbreaking.”
“It’s a tragic, terrible, terrible day,” Pelosi said. “There’s no way to say anything less than our thoughts and prayers are with the families, their sacrifice is a big one, the idealism of their family members will always be remembered and that will be part of their legacy, and part of their legacy is for us to do better.”
Shortly before advancing Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination Thursday, Sen. Claire McCaskill slammed the delay on the confirmation vote on the floor, calling out Republicans for practicing base politics aimed at “the cheap seats.”
“[It] doesn’t get any uglier than this,” McCaskill said, a former prosecutor herself. “It is beyond depressing. It’s disgusting … She is a prosecutor’s prosecutor. She’s prosecuted more terrorists than almost anyone on the planet.”
The Senate voted to cut off a filibuster on the nomination, 66-34, and later confirmed Lynch, 56-43.
When asked Thursday about a Politico report on Rep. Bill Shuster’s relationship with a top aviation lobbyist, Speaker John A. Boehner said he would not comment on the Pennsylvania Republican's relationship with anyone, but said he is “comfortable” with ethics protocols to prevent conflicts of interest between members and lobbyists.
“I’m also very comfortable that proper procedures were put in place to avoid a public or professional conflict of interest,” Boehner said.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he has ordered a full review of the January operation that killed two hostages held by al-Qaida at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In an eight-minute address to reporters, Obama said it is “a cruel and bitter truth” that in the “fog of war … mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur.”
“I profoundly regret what happened,” he said.
Speaker John A. Boehner expressed his condolences to the families of two al-Qaida hostages killed in a January strike at his weekly news conference Thursday, saying the House would wait for the White House review of the incident before taking additional oversight measures.
“I’m sure that the House Armed Services Committee and or the Intelligence Committee will look at this, but my guess is we’ll wait for to see what the review board develops and then take a look at that, to make sure that this kind of occurrence does not happen again while we work to protect American lives,” Boehner said.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “hoped” to move a Trade Promotion Authority bill through the Senate ahead of the Memorial Day recess, less than 24 hours after the Senate Finance Committee approved the legislation, 20-6.
The bill would enable the president to bring a negotiated trade agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote. Lawmakers would not be able to amend the trade pact.
At his weekly news conference Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner did not commit to holding floor debate or a vote on a White House-submitted Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State terror group and instead slammed the administration’s AUMF for restricting President Barack Obama’s ability to defeat ISIS.
“I don’t know why we’d want to give him less authorization than he has today,” he said.
In December, Boehner said the White House should submit an ISIS AUMF before subsequently hammering the proposal in February for “tying” Obama’s hands.
Earlier this week a House Democrat and Republican sent a letter to Boehner calling for the House to take action on the proposal.
In testimony before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing Tuesday, State Department Inspector General Steve A. Linick told the committee that along with needing better communication about potential criminal activity by department officials, he also needed an independent computer network.
Linick said while there was no indication of State Department personnel looking into sensitive files on his computer, the possibility existed due to the shared network. Linick highlighted the sensitivity pertaining to investigation materials on whistleblowers as one example.
“They’re not open, but if an administrator wanted to — and again, we don’t have evidence of this — if an administrator wanted to, he or she could come on to our system,” Linick said. “They come on to our system as it is with security patching and all, for legitimate reasons."
In an impromptu hallway conversation with CQ Roll Call on Tuesday, Rep. Tony Cárdenas did not confirm nor deny reports that his district director was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury about using staffers to conduct campaign work.
“I don’t know more than what you guys have been trying to say in the press,” Cárdenas said during the two-minute conversation.
When CQ Roll Call posited that Cárdenas must know why his staffer was subpoenaed, Cárdenas said he didn’t.
“No. I am not able to confirm any of that,” he said.
Hours after announcing a deal to vote on an anti-human trafficking measure and Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid issued a stark warning to Republicans over offering “germane” amendments to the trafficking bill at his weekly news conference Tuesday, saying GOP amendments could “stall” consideration of the legislation.
“Although we have an agreement on the legislation, we’re not out of the woods yet and that’s an understatement,” Reid said. “A final vote on the agreement [could] still be stalled by the Republicans because they can’t get over offering a bunch of amendments, most of which, as I’ve seen them, are not germane. Now we’re not going to be filibustering any of their amendments, but we’re not going to be rushed into not having a good debate on these amendments, some of which are very egregious.”
Loretta Lynch can expect to be confirmed as the next attorney general within a day or two, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a deal on a human-trafficking bill that had been tied up in abortion politics for weeks.
“There have been good-faith negotiations to resolve the impasse that has prevented the Senate from moving forward on this bill,” McConnell said. “And now, I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this important legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it.”
“As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for attorney general—hopefully in the next day or so,” he said.
The district director for sophomore Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas notified the House Thursday that she’s been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury conducting an investigation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Gabriela Marquez, who heads operations in the Los Angeles congressman’s Panorama City office, issued the formal notice in accordance with House rules and staff in the congressman’s Washington, D.C., office confirmed the April 13 communication, but did not provide further details.
Sources in California tell CQ Roll Call the FBI spent a few hours interviewing Marquez in her California home roughly three weeks ago, asking questions about whether staffers in Cárdenas’ office worked on campaign-related activities while being paid for official office time.
At his weekly news conference Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said legislation on cybersecurity, “fast-track” trade authority, Iran and a rewrite of No Child Left Behind would be next on the Senate agenda after the chamber votes on an anti-human trafficking bill and Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination.
McConnell declined to specify when and how the Senate would debate the items.
“I’m not going to lay out the order, but I’ve already listed the bills that are out of committee on a bipartisan basis, and those would be candidates for consideration between now and the Memorial Day break,” McConnell said.
When asked Tuesday about conflicting reports over Iran’s nuclear weapon breakout time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “withheld judgement” while touting again the Corker-Menendez bill, giving Congress a review period for any nuclear deal reached with Iran.
“Apparently for the next three months or so, we’re going to have a lot of interpretations from both the Iranians and from the administration about what the deal does or doesn’t do,” McConnell said. “But in the end we’re going to have the deal, and the administration will have to provide us all the details in order to get the deal approved. And I’m going to withhold judgement.”
Lawmakers shook off the rust of a two-week recess recalling trips to McDonald’s, playing their favorite Disney ringtones and counting to seven.
Lawmakers shook off the rust of a two-week recess recalling trips to McDonald’s, playing their favorite Disney ringtones and counting to seven.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised House Democrats at her weekly news conference Thursday for initially opposing an Iran nuclear bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker, linking congressional opposition to a compromise later reached by Corker and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In expressing her support for the compromise bill, Pelosi also called the legislation “innocuous,” saying, “I don’t think we need any legislation."
“It’s much different from the original Corker bill, … Congress can always act,” Pelosi said. “But the Corker bill in the form that it was, was harmful. I don’t think it’s as harmful now.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday simultaneously slammed the Iraq War while defending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2002 vote authorizing military action in Iraq, saying the former senator and secretary of State’s vote should not disqualify her from becoming president.
“I mean [the Iraq War] was wrong all around,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “Having said it, that was then, this is now, we go forward. And I do not think that the vote that Hillary Clinton took on that, nor did I think the vote that John Kerry took on it, disqualified him from being a candidate for president.”
Pelosi’s remarks come on the heels of comments last week by Lincoln Chafee, a possible Democratic presidential candidate, who said nobody “should be president of the United States that made that mistake.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the Wednesday gyrocopter landing at the Capitol “stunning” at her weekly news conference Thursday, deferring to the investigators when asked about specifics and saying lawmakers “certainly need answers."
“We have to subject what we do the the harshest scrutiny as to how does this enable people to enjoy fine employment, legislate in the Capitol, but nonetheless ensure their safety,” Pelosi said.
The gyrocopter incident followed a suicide at the West Terrace of the Capitol that occurred over the weekend.
In a back-and-forth with reporters Thursday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House “has concerns” about the leadership of DEA chief Michele Leonhart, two days after lawmakers grilled officials at a House Oversight on a Justice Department report detailing the DEA’s history of sexual misconduct.
“At this point, we are — we do have concerns about what’s been reported by the Office of Inspector General, we do have high expectations for those who serve this government and serve the American people and we do believe it’s important for the Department of Justice to do as they’re doing, following through on some reforms to address those concerns,” Earnest said.
When pressed whether Leonhart has lived up to those expectations, Earnest replied, “I think I’ve said all I have to say about this subject.”
Updated 1:51 p.m. | A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protesters, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone.