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Biden Pitches Skeptical House Democrats on Iran Deal

July 15, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden got a hearty round of applause and high marks for his sales pitch on Wednesday to House Democrats on the White House's nuclear deal with Iran. But it's not clear whether he actually got any votes. The morning after the historic agreement was announced, members said...

Congressional Democrats Don't Trust Iran, But Do They Trust Obama?

July 15, 2015 Democratic skeptics of the administration's nuclear deal with Iran have made it abundantly clear that they don't trust the Iranian government. The question—one they'll have to answer in two months' time—is whether they trust President Obama and his assurances that the deal is the best way to block the country...

Despite Risks, Democrats Maintain Stand on Pentagon Spending

May 14, 2015 House Democrats are holding to their pledge to oppose Republican budget "gimmicks"—even if that means taking the political risk of voting against Pentagon funding. On Wednesday morning, Democratic leadership came out in opposition to the defense authorization bill slated to come up for votes in the House by the end...

Democrats May Delay GOP Defense Bill Until Spending Caps Are Lifted

May 4, 2015 As Republicans celebrate a fast-clearing legislative logjam and early progress on next year's funding bills, Democrats are working to put a stop to those feel-good vibes—by drawing a line in the sand on defense spending. In both the House and the Senate, Democrats have lined up against the GOP's approach...

Democrats Fight 'Double Standard' for Defense Spending

May 4, 2015 As Republicans celebrate a fast-clearing legislative logjam and early progress on next year's funding bills, Democrats are working to put a stop to those feel-good vibes—by drawing a line in the sand on defense spending. In both the House and the Senate, Democrats have lined up against the GOP's approach...

Budget Fight Gives Democrat a Chance to Court Liberal Skeptics

March 24, 2015 The pattern in recent years has been the same: Republicans release a budget, Chris Van Hollen attacks it. But this year is different—Van Hollen has something to prove, and another job in his sights. The ranking member on the House Budget Committee has spent recent days bashing the GOP's budget...

Why Obama's ISIS War Powers Request Is Going Nowhere

March 10, 2015 The White House's proposal for authorization to fight the Islamic State landed on Capitol Hill in mid-February with a thud—and little apparent chance for passage. One month later, its prospects look even worse. The problem: The Obama administration believes it already has the authority it needs to carry out its...

Obama's War Authority Request Is Stuck

March 10, 2015 The White House's proposal for authorization to fight the Islamic State landed on Capitol Hill in mid-February with a thud—and little apparent chance for passage. One month later, its prospects look even worse. The problem: The Obama administration believes it already has the authority it needs to carry out its...

Democrats to the Rescue: Congress Averts Shutdown for One More Week

February 27, 2015 It was Democrats to the rescue -- again. A huge bipartisan coalition came together Friday night to approve a one-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, preventing a partial government shutdown with just a couple of hours to spare. Nearly every House Democrat joined most Republicans to pass...

Republicans Scramble for DHS Votes, Without Democrats' Help

February 27, 2015 House Republican leaders were putting out fires on multiple fronts on Friday, as the House recessed temporarily in the afternoon to give the GOP more time to gather support for a measure temporarily putting off a funding lapse for the Homeland Security Department. The chamber came back into session at...