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Jennifer Bendery

House Debates War Authorization For 2 Hours -- Then Votes Against Dealing With It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers determined to have a war authorization debate chalked up a win on Wednesday: they forced the House of Representatives to spend...

Jessica Schulberg

Senator Pushes For Ban On Ground Troops In War Against ISIS Before 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the debate in Congress over whether to authorize the ongoing war against the Islamic State drags on, one lawmaker is pushing for a mo...

Jennifer Bendery

House Rejects Democrats' Efforts To Authorize War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats forced the House to take votes Thursday on authorizing the war against the Islamic State group, making it the first time the H...

Jennifer Bendery

At Last, Senators Give Bipartisan Push To War Authorization Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has demonstrated for months that it has no appetite for taking a tough vote on authorizing the war against the Islamic State gr...

Jennifer Bendery

House Lawmakers To Force Debate On Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Iraq And Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a surprise move, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to force a debate on whether U.S. troops should wit...

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Votes To Remind Congress Its Job Is To Authorize Wars

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten months into the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State, Congress still has neither debated it nor voted to authorize it. But on T...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

Jennifer Bendery

House Votes To Keep Funding A War It Hasn't Debated, Authorized Or Even Voted On

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation Friday that clears the path for spending tens of billions of dollars on overseas wars, including the one ag...

Jessica Schulberg

AUMF Should Include Authority To Strike Assad, Says Senate Foreign Relations Chairman

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the heels of a skillfully crafted, bipartisan negotiation that facilitated the passage of an Iran nuclear oversight bill out of the S...

State Department Official: 'It's Going To Take Years' To Defeat The Islamic State

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

A State Department official helping lead a coalition against the Islamic State said Sunday it would be several years until the group was defeated. ...

Jennifer Bendery

After 9 Months Of Bombing, Tim Kaine Reminds Congress It Still Hasn't Authorized ISIS War

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) will head to the Senate floor Thursday to point out that it's been nine months since the U.S. began bombing Iraq ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Leader Says He's Looking For A 'Path Forward' On Obama's Request To Authorize War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday he is committed to starting talks with his co...

Jessica Schulberg

Lawmakers Tell Colleagues To Stop 'Shirking' Their Duty To Declare War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the congressional gridlock over the Iranian nuclear program temporarily assuaged, foreign policy-oriented lawmakers are shifting th...

Jessica Schulberg

How A Man Who Got His Start In Construction Became The Most Powerful Foreign Policy Voice In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week witnessed one of the most piqued foreign policy showdowns between the executive and legislative branch during the Obama presid...

Laura Barron-Lopez

White House: Congress Has Priorities 'Backwards' On War Powers Request

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

The White House chided Congress on Monday for having its priorities “backwards," citing the legislative branch's desire to expand President Barack O...

Jessica Schulberg

Top General Says 'There's No Exit Strategy' For War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. John Allen, the U.S. government's point person for the international fight against the Islamic State, publicly admitted on ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Kerry: If Congress Can't Pass A Bipartisan AUMF, They 'Absolutely' Shouldn't Pass One

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday that if they can't pass President Barack Obama's war authorization request with a...

Jessica Schulberg

Ash Carter Warns Congress Against Repealing 2001 War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered support for a three-...

Congress Should Deny President Obama Authority for Perpetual War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Islamic State is evil. But that's no reason for America to go to war again in the Middle East. Or for Congress to approve years more of conflict.

Jessica Schulberg

Congressman Hints He Wants To Prohibit Funding For Ground Troops in Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he may move to prevent President Barack Obama from deploying U.S. ground troop...

Jessica Schulberg

Legal Experts Tell Congress Obama's New War Authorization Fails To Limit Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National security law experts, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, faulted President Barack Obama’s prop...

Jennifer Bendery

Coalition Urges Congress To Rein In Sweeping 2001 War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress turns its attention to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against the Islamic State, more than a dozen g...

Jennifer Bendery

Lawmakers In Both Parties Press John Boehner For Full War Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to schedule a full debate on the president's request for a...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Support the Peacemakers Too

Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters

We know that military means alone will not achieve our goals of peace and security in the Middle East. In addition to passing the AUMF, the Congress should take the far-sighted step of passing the Women, Peace and Security Act at the same time.