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Keeping up with legislation, congressional investigations, member actions and the general goings-on in the halls of Congress.

Senators’ Letter Stirs Mystery Over 4 Classified Footnotes In FISA Report

The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday to declassify information in four footnotes in the report on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The senators said the redacted information is “essential” for the public to fully understand what went wrong in the probe. “The American people have a right to ...

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Watch Live: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 2

The U.S. Senate continues its impeachment trial based on Democrats’ articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Wednesday’s events are expected to center around the House Manager’s opening arguments. (Related: See Day 1 of the proceedings here) Coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. EST. Fox News CBS News Content created by Conservative Daily News and some content syndicated through CDN is available ...

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Watch: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 1

The Senate begins laying the groundwork to address the Democrats’ articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and hold a trial. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. EST. RSBN Fox News Content created by Conservative Daily News and some content syndicated through CDN is available for re-publication without charge under the Creative Commons license. Visit our syndication page for details and requirements.

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Ilhan Omar Says ‘We Must Stop Detaining’ Illegal Immigrants

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday called for the U.S. government to cease detaining illegal immigrants. Omar tweeted an ABC News story about a tiny Georgia town having more detained illegal immigrants than residents. Her takeaway: America shouldn’t be detaining those who cross the border illegally. “This should never be the case,” she wrote. “The cruelty of our immigration ...

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GOP Lawmakers Press Spy Court For Answers About Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Monitor FBI Reforms

Two leading Republican lawmakers pressed the judge presiding over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Thursday to explain his choice of former Justice Department official David Kris to monitor the FBI’s proposed reforms in response to an inspector general’s report regarding surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. “If the FISC’s goal is to hold the FBI accountable for its ...

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Chuck Schumer Votes No On USMCA Because It Doesn’t Address Climate Change

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voted against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Thursday, citing concerns that the trade deal doesn’t adequately address global warming. “Despite the fact that it contains very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it doesn’t address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet,” the New York senator said in a press statement ...

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Democrats Push To Suspend Judicial Confirmations During Impeachment Trial

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and a coalition of leftwing advocacy groups are pressing Senate Republicans to suspend consideration of judicial nominations during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Harris, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to confirm judges while the Senate considers whether Trump should be removed from office. “The president is ...

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Still at it: House Democrats Launch Investigation Into Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Program

Democrats on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigrant and Citizenship announced on Tuesday an investigation into the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program.  Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico,” calls on asylum seekers who reach the southern border to wait in Mexico for the duration of their court proceedings, which helps manage the immigration crisis. The program, while it’s ...

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Mark Meadows: GOP Will Appeal To Surveillance Court Over Choice To Oversee FBI Reforms

Rep. Mark Meadows said Monday that congressional Republicans plan to appeal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) over its choice to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report regarding the bureau’s wiretapping of Carter Page. In an interview with journalist Sara Carter, Meadows criticized the FISC’s pick of former Justice Department official ...

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Young Pelosi Disagrees With Old Pelosi On War Powers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump for killing Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, but she was singing a different tune during the Obama administration.   “You have a responsibility to consult with Congress,” the California representative said during a Jan.9 press conference responding to Trump’s airstrike targeting the Iranian military commander. Pelosi suggested in 2011 that former President Barack ...

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House Democrats Vote Against Recognizing Unborn Babies As ‘Vulnerable Populations’

House Democrats voted against a motion to recognize unborn babies as “vulnerable populations” Friday. Republican Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers presented a motion to amend H.R. 535, a bill requiring the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to declare certain chemicals as hazardous and take “vulnerable populations” into account when developing drinking water standards. Rodgers’ motion suggested protections for unborn ...

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