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April 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The ranking Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee both urged the Obama administration Thursday to exert more pressure on behalf of the rebels in the Syrian civil war. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee's chairman, prodded the White House during a hearing to begin providing arms to rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, a step the administration has so far refused to take because it fears the weapons could someday be used against the United States or its allies.
October 2, 2010
SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show Politics and new media: Dan Rather, HDNet; Katty Kay, BBC; Gloria Borger, CNN; John Harris, Politico. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer 3 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Midterm elections: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.
September 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Four Democratic senators Thursday urged mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to temporarily freeze foreclosures on loans they hold. The troubled companies, seized by the federal government Sunday, should help struggling borrowers swap their mortgages for more affordable loans and stay in their homes, the lawmakers said in a letter to the new chief executives and federal regulator running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was the latest sign...
November 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), a prominent Latino who previously served in President Bush's Cabinet, will assume the high-profile post of Republican National Committee general chairman, GOP officials said Monday. Martinez, 60, will remain in the Senate when he takes the reins of the RNC in January, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.
December 12, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
There is no war on Christmas in the U.S. Senate. Sixty senators were exchanging gifts and good cheer - we hope - at a Secret Santa party just off the Senate floor tonight. The bipartisan fete was hosted by Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), and was the first ever organized gift exchange in the sometimes uptight upper chamber. Franken came up with the Secret Santa idea, hoping it might bring a bit of warming to frosty partisan relations. Senators drew names from a Santa hat - names from the opposite party, of course - and there was a strict $10 limit on gifts.
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who were hit Thursday with sanctions by Russia celebrated their standing as a badge of honor, pledging to continue pressing for Ukraine from their spot on President Vladimir Putin's enemies list. "I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off," quipped Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just returned from leading a group of lawmakers to Ukraine with Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). House Speaker John A. Boehner's spokesman said the Ohio Republican was "proud to be included on the list of those willing to stand against Putin's aggression.
March 11, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Eight senators who have spent weeks trying to write a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration laws have privately agreed on the most contentious part of the draft - how to offer legal status to the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. According to aides familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the bill would require illegal immigrants to register with Homeland Security Department authorities, file federal income taxes for their time in America and pay a still-to-be-determined fine.
March 18, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Congressional backers of a proposed Smithsonian-affiliated museum devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos didn't succeed the first time around, so they're trying again. The bipartisan bills resubmitted Friday in the U.S. House and Senate aim to designate an unused, 132-year-old Smithsonian building on the National Mall in Washington as the future site of an American Latino Museum. If passed, it would not commit the federal government to build and fund the museum.
January 28, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Senators from both parties are expressing enthusiasm for pushing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system. But while immigration politics appears to have changed in the wake of sweeping Republican rejection by Latino voters last year, the math in the Senate may remain a challenge. Fifty-four current senators were in office in 2007, the last time the chamber came close to advancing major immigration legislation. Of those, opponents of the 2007 reforms outnumber supporters 31 to 23. On the Republican side, just two senators who supported the 2007 legislation remain in office - Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
March 23, 1998
As the recent papal visit to Cuba continues to reverberate in Washington, the Clinton administration has taken a few modest but positive steps to reverse isolationist policies that benefit no one. The measures proposed Friday by the president would streamline medical aid to Cuba, authorize direct humanitarian flights from the United States and legalize limited remittances from Cuban Americans to relatives in Cuba. Another measure would seek ways to ease restrictions on food shipments to Cuba.
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