“Come on and help out a little bit,” the president implored lawmakers to laughter and applause from an audience of 1,500 at the Uptown Theater. The 33-minute speech, which focused entirely on domestic issues, was the centerpiece of an 18-hour presidential stop in Kansas City. Republicans criticized the president’s often partisan tone.
The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would increase penalties for colleges that break federal laws and mandate that they establish confidential advocates on all campuses for students affected by sexual violence. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House.
Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Senator Pat Roberts as he campaigned in downtown Emporia. Their brief meeting Wednesday took place at an intersection as Roberts walked from business to business to talk with merchants. The two are squaring off in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
House Republicans expressed optimism on Friday that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win. Determined to head home Friday for the five-week summer break, GOP leaders altered the bill, adding $35 million for the National Guard and clarifying a provision on quickly returning unaccompanied minors from Central America to their home countries.
“This is not an environment where we need to have everyone armed to the teeth,” Mayor Sly James told his colleagues. But the city’s new law, which takes effect in 10 days, may soon be weakened by the Missouri General Assembly.
House Republican leaders canceled a vote today on funding to address the influx of children at the U.S.-Mexico border after days of trying to line up votes from party members. Party leaders had repeatedly adjusted the $659 million proposal in an effort to gain support from lawmakers aligned with the small-government Tea Party movement.
Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.
About 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, the president pulled into the Platte County suburb for an unannounced stop. People on the main drag got just a few minutes’ notice that the president was coming. His staff expected him to stay about 30 minutes. He lingered nearly an hour.
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.
The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.
More than 70 U.S. lawmakers say conditions in Myanmar have taken a sharp turn for the worse and want Secretary of State John Kerry to warn its government that it could seriously damage bilateral relations.