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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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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...

The Border Surge: Is It a 'Crisis' or Not?

July 23, 2014 Capitol Hill is fiercely divided over how to handle the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border, but at least everyone can agree on one thing: It's a crisis. Or maybe not. Republicans are on a mixed-messaging binge over how best to...

McCain Calls for the 'Most Severe Sanctions' on Russia

July 18, 2014 A fast-paced news day including a downed Malaysia airliner and the launch of a ground assault in Gaza led up to National Journal and CNN's first Politics On Tap event Thursday featuring Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican called for severe sanctions to be put on Russia if pro-separatist groups...

Congress Fiddles While Border Crisis Grows

July 18, 2014 Politics and pessimism on Thursday overtook any possibility of a swift congressional response to the flood of unaccompanied, undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the House and Senate continued moving toward dramatically different approaches. Questions and debate swirl around contentious policies, as well as the amount of emergency funding...

GOP Proposes More National Guard Troops for the Border Crisis

July 17, 2014 A special House "working group" led by Rep. Kay Granger has finalized a draft of its "set of principles" for GOP legislation dealing with the border crisis—including a call for putting an end to the "catch-and-release" system for unaccompanied minors. Several of the proposals clash dramatically with what House and...

Here Are the House's Recommendations for the Border Crisis

July 17, 2014 A special House "working group" led by Rep. Kay Granger has finalized a draft of its "set of principles" for GOP legislation dealing with the border crisis—including a call for putting an end to the "catch-and-release" system for unaccompanied minors. Several of the proposals clash dramatically with what House and...

Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Hispanics Oppose Faster Child Deportations in Border Crisis

July 17, 2014 Prospects for any bipartisan House agreement on a plan to address the border crisis hit a hurdle on Wednesday as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they would not go along with a proposal to speed-up deportations of children from Central America. "Leader Pelosi...

The Problem With Asking Congress for Money for the Border

July 9, 2014 Asking for money from Congress is dangerous. President Obama requested $3.7 billion on Tuesday to address the surge of unaccompanied minors on the Rio Grande border. Now Republicans have leverage, and they have a few requests of their own. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants to require employers to verify...