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House Republicans will require the White House to provide a detailed plan for arming and training Syrian rebels to fight ISIS in exchange for giving it the OK to carry out the mission. The provision -- which is expected to be added to a must-pass spending bill funding the government through mid-December and could face a vote as early as Wednesday in the House -- would require the Secretary of Defense to explain how the Pentagon is vetting Syrian opposition groups.
Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism."
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Ze'ev Elkin headed to the US Sunday to meet with American officials. The purpose of the five-day trip to Washington D.C., Elkin said, is "to renew a strategic dialogue and deepen the connection between the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and relevant committees in Congress."
The Senate Foreign Relations chairman has broken with Obama on Syria and Russia. He'll be a bellwether on a nuclear deal with Iran.
Following up on issues that were raised at the July 30 hearing on post-Sandy flood insurance claims, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez sent a letter on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Federal Emergency Management Agency's Administrator Craig Fugate, urging him to implement reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program's claims process.
Akaka, seen her getting a kiss from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, is feeling the love. The former senator celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday.
STUDENT NOTES Recently, 23 rising-seniors in high schools from Warren County arrived at the 69th session of American Legion Jersey Boys State at Rider University in Lawrenceville. The program is an action-oriented approach for teaching civics and government at the local, county and state level.
Fight to ratify Equal Rights Amendment draws new interest Thousands of women are expected to rally in Washington on Saturday for women's equality. Check out this story on delmarvanow.com: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2014/09/11/maryland-equal-rights-women/15468965/ Thousands of women are expected to rally on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Saturday for women's equality, voting rights and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, adopted by Congress in 1972.
Anti-deportation protesters chant in front of the White House on Aug. 28. The protest, organized by CASA, a non profit organization assisting immigrants, called on President Obama to stop deporting undocumented workers, parents and children. President Obama plans to go "as far as he can under the law" to change the nation's immigration policy at some point after the midterm elections and likely before the end of the year, according to lawmakers briefed on his intentions Thursday.
PRINCETON - In response to a federal environmental assessment issued last month for the proposed 42-inch pipeline through Princeton and Montgomery, U.S. officials are requesting a meeting with all those involved to address lingering concerns with the project. Rep. Rush Holt and Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker sent a letter, obtained by The Times, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday, saying the agency's assessment contains safety deficiencies and lacks significant data and analysis.
What started as a trickle is starting to feel like a flood. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding that President Barack Obama seek their explicit approval for a new war in the Middle East, and it would be shortsighted for the president to ignore them.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez said Wednesday that President Barack Obama's new plan to "destroy" ISIS will eventually require congressional authorization, and promised his committee will begin drafting one. Menendez's statement came as vulnerable Democrats generally praised the president's decision to take on ISIS but split over pieces of his strategy - while liberals demanded Congress vote to authorize the war.
President Barack Obama addresses the nation tonight to lay out his plan to defeat ISIL, a Middle Eastern state which has been identified as a growing threat to American interests. New Jersey's Congressional delegation supports a plan for action against the burgeoning state.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today called on the federal government to reform the flood insurance claims process. Here, Menendez talks to a Toms River resident in July in a Hurricane Sandy-damaged home in the township.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting of government officials from the defense sector at Kremlin in Moscow on September 10. Addressing a meeting in Moscow on weapons modernization plans on September 10, Putin said Russia had no intention of launching a new arms race, but would respond to all security challenges. Putin said potential threats to Russia's security must be thoroughly analyzed, and an "adequate response" given to each of them.
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