FROM Burgess Everett
Dems overhaul Senate leadership Democrats in the House have deferred their choice of leadership with a possible challenge to long-serving minority chief Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. In the Senate, departing Harry Reid of Nevada will be replaced by New York's Charles Schumer, who told reporters, "We needed a much sharper, bolder, stronger, economic message and we needed to let the American people understand what we all believe, that the system's not working for them and we're going to change it." Burgess Everett, who reports on Congress for Politico , has more on today's changes.
Paul Ryan Set to Blow Budget Deadline Congressional gridlock is passing another landmark this week. House Speaker Paul Ryan was faced with questions today about why Friday's deadline to pass a federal budget will not be met. Ryan told reporters, "Our preference is to pass a budget, and we're still talking with our members about how we can do this... We just had two weeks where our members didn't have a chance to get together and discuss things. We're now starting those kinds of conversations now that we're back in town with each other." Burgess Everett covers Congress for Politico .
Cleaning the Barn and Passing the Gavel Today, Congress is likely to pass the first federal budget in five years. If the Senate agrees, the government will stay open and pay the bills until after the next election. For the most part, Democrats will be happy to go along, but Republican candidates for President and the right wing of the GOP are on the warpath against it . The likely new Speaker, Paul Ryan, won't have to deal with default or a government shutdown, but that looks like a curse to conservative colleagues. We hear how a temporary return to business as usual is dramatizing the Republican Party's radical change.
House Speaker John Boehner Is Stepping Down After the Vice President, the House Speaker is next in line to be President of the United States. The Speakership is the pinnacle of a politician’s career. John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, has called it the job he’d always wanted. But today, Boehner announced that he’s resigning from Congress — to avoid a battle over House leadership.
The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Now Up to Congress Last week, the Obama Administration asked the UN Security Council to vote on the Iran nuclear deal. Today it got the unanimous vote it wanted. All 15 members endorsed the agreement to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for limitations on Iran's development of nuclear technology. Now, Congress with 60 days to approve or reject it. Republicans and some Democrats are furious at the Obama Administration for asking the Security Council to go first . Opponents say the agreement could pave the way for Iran to make a nuclear bomb. Supporters say it's the best thing possible and much better than nothing. They warn that continued division within the US will have dangerous consequences for America's world leadership.
Schumer Defies White House on Iran Deal The likely next leader of Democrats in the US Senate is supporting a bill opposed by President Obama. New York Democrat Chuck Schumer wants to give Congress a chance to reject agreement on Iran's nuclear program, as Burgess Everett reports in Politico .
What's Next for Iran's Nuclear Program? Talks in Switzerland between Iran, the US and five other countries may go beyond tonight's midnight hour. Familiar sticking points include centrifuges, nuclear stockpiles, surprise inspections and the schedule for lifting economic sanctions. The elephants in the room are still Iran's Supreme Leader and the American Congress — dominated by Republicans under pressure from Israel. If tonight's "interim" deadline can't be met, how certain is the "final" deadline at the end of June?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.