U.S. Congress

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 06:30
The House on Wednesday cleared legislation to extend the Pentagon's ability to transfer surplus military stockpiles to Israel for another year.
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 07:55


The Honorable Robert Bradtke
Senior Advisor for Partner Engagement on Syria Foreign Fighters
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Tom Warrick
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Policy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 06:36
It's been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but the mission is unlikely to happen until spring of next year. In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congressional lawmakers focused on national security issues—which raises questions about whether the planned training of some 5,000 fighters will ever happen.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:38
Lawmakers are debating whether to give the Obama administration the power to sidestep legal obstacles to the $1.3 billion annual aid package.
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 06:21
Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters this week that Washington should deploy 20,000 US troops to fight the Islamic State. Graham said he would put 10,000 American troops in Iraq and 10,000 in Syria. In a Friday statement, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith, D-Wash., sounded bewildered by such calls.
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 07:59

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Countering ISIL in Iraq and Syria

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 07:19
Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:41

Last week, eight U.S. lawmakers called for cuts to the planned U.S. security assistance package to Colombia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 in response to continuing reports of human rights violations, violence and impunity in the country.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:41
A senior Democratic senator said Monday that Congress should vote on whether U.S. troops should be fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), calling the previous Iraq War a "terrible mistake."