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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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Syria Measure Likely to Pass, Despite Doubts in Both Parties

September 16, 2014 The House is poised to hand President Obama authorization to openly arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, despite some bipartisan skepticism of the administration's strategy and a recognition that broader military action will likely be necessary. The vote will come Wednesday, and Congress will ...

The Administration Is Shifting $405M to Deal With the Border Crisis. Is It Enough?

August 6, 2014 Lawmakers came up empty-handed after weeks of dueling over just how much money should be spent at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, the Obama administration is coping with the fallout. The potential short-term solution comes in the form of a money transfer, as the Homeland Security Department is looking to reprogram ...

Senate Border Funding Bill Goes Down

August 1, 2014 The Senate failed Thursday to write the White House a $3.57 billion check to address the crisis at the border, Western wildfires, and Israel's missile defense system. The bill went down on a 50-44 procedural vote that required 60 votes to carry. The failure and the Senate's impending departure for ...

The Border Crisis Takes a Pause From Politics

July 30, 2014 The street was one that Saul Martinez traveled often. He took it on his way to school, where he would avoid gang members, fearing recruitment. And he'd use it on his way home, where he'd grab his bicycle only to receive death threats from gang members during his ride. And ...

House Republicans Unveil Their Border Bill

July 29, 2014 As the clock ticks toward the August recess, House Republicans unveiled a $659 million border crisis emergency package they hope will pass their chamber this week. But sliding it through the Senate will be another story. The GOP package marries funding with policy changes Republicans say are necessary to address ...

Dissenting Vote on Border Funds Sought in House

July 29, 2014 As a prerequisite to any House action on emergency funding for the border crisis, some House conservatives are pushing for a vote this week on a resolution declaring that President Obama already has "the necessary tools at his disposal" to address the flood of undocumented minors arriving from Central America. ...

House Republicans Prepare Vote for Next Week on Border Package

July 25, 2014 Fearing a potential backlash if the House starts its August recess Thursday without first addressing the border crisis, GOP leaders plan to unveil their own legislation no later than Monday for a vote next week. A closed-door GOP Conference meeting Friday did not feature precise details about what would be ...

What Would the National Guard Actually Do at the Border?

July 25, 2014 When Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week announced he was sending 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico to deal with the child-migrant crisis, critics—including the White House—dismissed it as a political stunt. Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, termed it a "symbolic" move intended to "generate ...

What Would the National Guard Actually Do at the Border?

July 25, 2014 When Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week announced he was sending 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico to deal with the child-migrant crisis, critics—including the White House—dismissed it as a political stunt. Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, termed it a "symbolic" move intended to "generate ...

The House GOP's Border Proposal Has Washington Headed for a Deadlock

July 23, 2014 Congress may be headed toward a stalemate on the border. The crux of a House GOP working group's plan, laid out Wednesday, to address the influx of children streaming to the U.S.-Mexico border contains fundamental differences from the Senate's evolving blueprint. A proposal that lawmakers have decried as one of ...