Congress Pulse

Julian Pecquet


US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) greets chairwoman Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, (R) before testifying at the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 12, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

Congress allows Obama to reopen military aid to Egypt

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

The spending bill released the evening of Dec. 9 allows the State Department to waive human rights requirements and free up $1.3 billion worth of military aid.

Kerry seeks authority to target Islamic State affiliates anywhere

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

The secretary of state says IS affiliates would be considered as terrorist associates covered by a use of force authorization.

Key panels urge sanctions on Qatar, Turkey over Hamas

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee want the Treasury Department to "take all necessary measures" to stop Qatari and Turkish support for Hamas.

Congress tackles year-end efforts on Middle East issues

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

A look at what Congress will be addressing the week of Dec. 8.

Who is paying for America's plan to train and equip Syrian rebels?

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

Defense bill writers were told other nations will foot the bill.

Palestine emerges as sticking point in spending bill negotiations

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

House lawmakers are dead set against a Senate proposal to partially finance UNESCO since it recognized Palestine.

Congress demands allies crack down on IS foreign fighters

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

Lawmakers of both parties are threatening to tighten travel restrictions on countries that don't incarcerate returning fighters.

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