Senate Democrats should drop their demand to tie an International Monetary Fund measure to Ukraine aid legislation so Congress can speed assistance to the country’s fledgling government, Representative Nita Lowey said.
The House passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill to finance the U.S. government through Sept. 30, a turnaround from the Tea Party-fueled discord that caused a 16-day partial shutdown in October.
Entergy Corp. ’s Indian Point nuclear plant north of Manhattan would have to close if the U.S. required a plan to evacuate 20 million people within 50 miles, two U.S. lawmakers said after touring the plant with the chief nuclear regulator.
Two U.S. House Democrats dropped their opposition to $100 million in new military aid to Lebanon three months after they stalled the package over concern it could help the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement.
President Barack Obama, his voice breaking and tears forming in his eyes, said the killing of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school shows the nation must take “meaningful action” to stem such violence.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said in an interview today on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt ,” airing this weekend, that he’d love to replace Rahm Emanuel as Barack Obama’s next chief of staff, while allowing that he may be the last person the president would pick for the job.