Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over
The National Prayer Breakfast, one of the most visible and long-standing events that brings religion and politics together in Washington, is splitting from the private religious group that had overseen it for decades, due to concerns the gathering had become too divisive. The organizer and host for this year's breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, will be the National Prayer Breakfast Foundation, headed by former Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. Sen. Chris Coons, a regular participant and chairman of the Senate ethics committee, said the move was prompted in part by concerns in recent years that members of Congress did not know important details about the larger multiday gathering.news.yahoo.com
Hit the rootSolving our border problemrequires addressing causes
Cornyn took to the Senate floor Monday and said border issues need to be a legislative priority. Unfortunately, some of his comments echoed those made by xenophobic demagogues who don’t know what they’re talking about. Worse, nothing constructive comes from his suggestion that his party will consider no immigration reform until the border is secure. A majority of them aren’t trying to sneak across the border; they’re coming right up to border officials and asking to be taken in as refugees. Our biggest border problems are a long, inefficient and outdated system of processing applications that created that backlog at the border in the first place.myrgv.com
Peru president gives support for elections later this year
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte has called on Congress to approve a proposal to move elections forward to late this year, a marked concession for the leader who has been facing daily protests that have left almost 60 people deadwashingtonpost.com
Watch live: Biden to tout job growth and slowing inflation rates in speech on economy
Biden's speech also comes as Republicans in Congress prepare for a standoff with the White House on the debt ceiling. House Republicans have threatened to withhold support unless measures are implemented to cut spending, a position that they ignored during the Trump administration and previous Republican presidents. The debt ceiling is the legal limit set by Congress of how much the federal government can borrow. Failing to lift the debt ceiling could lead the U.S. to default on its bond payments, potentially causing catastrophic effects on the economy. The environment then was similar to the situation currently playing out where a newly-elected Republican majority refused to lift the debt ceiling under a Democratic president.cnbc.com
Cornyn says White House blocking congressional oversight of Biden classified documents is ‘unacceptable'
Republican Senator John Cornyn on Thursday said it is "completely unacceptable" that the Biden administration is attempting to block Congressional oversight of the Biden classified documents scandal.foxnews.com
Spartz won’t support McCarthy in denying Omar seat on Foreign Affairs committee
Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) said she will not support Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (Calif.) effort to deny Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, making matters more difficult for the GOP leader as he looks to follow through on his pledge to not seat the congresswoman on the panel. Spartz also…news.yahoo.com
Treasury takes another 'extraordinary' step on debt limit
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter Tuesday to congressional leaders saying she's suspending the reinvestment of some federal bonds in a government workers' savings plan — an additional “extraordinary" measure to buy time for President Joe Biden and Congress to raise the nation's debt limit. Yellen said in the letter that as of Monday she also determined that the government “will be unable to invest fully” in the government securities portion of the thrift savings fund in the federal employees' retirement system.news.yahoo.com
Poll: As debt battle looms, 55% of Americans say GOP House is 'dysfunctional'
By a massive 30-point margin, Americans say Republicans’ protracted battle earlier this month to elect a new House speaker is a sign that “Congress is dysfunctional” (55%) rather than “functioning as intended” (25%), according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.news.yahoo.com
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn eyes the seemingly impossible: a bipartisan deal on immigration
Riding the success of his historic congressional session last year where he helped pass the first gun safety bill signed into law in a generation, Cornyn is hopeful that his ability to strike deals across the aisle will help Congress achieve another elusive legislative goal: an immigration deal.
How Texans helped plot, foment and carry out the Jan. 6 insurrection
From those who planted the seeds of Trump’s strategy to try to challenge the election, to others who sowed doubt and anger by spreading baseless election-fraud conspiracy theories, Texans played major roles in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol two years ago.
India opposition’s ‘unity march’ against hate enters capital
Members of India’s main opposition Congress party and thousands of supporters have walked into New Delhi as part of a cross-country “unity march” seeking to challenge what they say is a “hate-filled” version of the country under the Hindu nationalist government.