One day after Attorney General Eric Holder placed the blame squarely on Congress for forcing him to place the 9/11 plot conspirators before a military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Congress struck back.
The first of about 6,000 National Guard troops ordered to bolster patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border started work Monday as a 55-member detachment from Utah began working on projects in southern Arizona, a Guard spokesman said.
President Bush Thursday urged the House and Senate to work out compromise legislation on immigration reform, and said opponents of one of his key proposals are taking an approach that's "wrong and unrealistic."
On the eve of a showdown over what could be a historic overhaul of U.S. immigration law, congressmen drew lines in the sand Sunday, leaving it all but impossible to envision what kind of legislation might ultimately win passage.
On the evening of December 22, Sen. John Warner, the Senate's Acting President Pro Tempore, declared: "In my capacity as the senior senator from Virginia, I ask unanimous consent that the chair now lay before the Senate the House message to accompany S.2167." The Virginia senator and the chair happened to be the same person, John Warner. All his colleagues had left to celebrate Christmas. Warner granted his own request, and the Senate adjourned after two minutes.
The Senate briefly convened Thursday and passed a bill extending controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act just a few hours after the House voted to extend them for one month, five months fewer than the Senate proposed Wednesday night.
Americans who blame their obesity on eating too much fast food would be prohibited from suing the food industry for their weight gain if a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Representatives becomes law.
Among the aftershocks of September 11, 2001, the discovery that the hijackers had been able to move so freely within the United States, some with expired visas, some using American driver's licenses, has often nagged at lawmakers.
The House of Representatives passed the intelligence reorganization bill Tuesday, voting 336-75 to enact the changes proposed by the independent commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a bill to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies, resolving an impasse over the control of data from spy satellites, the chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees announced Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist predicted Sunday that Congress will have an intelligence overhaul bill by midweek, even though the chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees want changes in its current version.
In what could be a significant blow against an intelligence overhaul bill stalled in Congress, the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed new doubts Friday about the legislation.
Two GOP House committee chairmen who helped block an intelligence reform bill defended their actions Monday and insisted they will not relent, despite intensive arm-twisting by the Bush administration and Republican leaders.
The Bush administration this week asked Congress to give other countries two more years to issue biometric passports for entry to the United States, saying it is clear that none of the 27 countries entitled to issue the advanced technology passports will be able to meet an October 26 deadline.