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12:18 pm CST - May 24, 2016

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 Cornyn to Offer Vietnam Human Rights Legislation as Amendment to Defense Bill

Cornyn-092413‘Our two countries will never achieve the kind of close relationship that I know many in Vietnam and many in the United States aspire to until Vietnam releases all political prisoners, demonstrates basic respect for human rights, and embraces self-government ideals that we, again, take for granted here in America.’
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12:13 pm CST - May 24, 2016

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House Launches Effort to Impeach IRS Commissioner

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times 

john.koskinenHouse Republicans kicked off the path to impeaching IRS Commissioner John KoskinenTuesday with a hearing exploring the ways the agency chief, hired to clean up after the tea party targeting scandal, instead bungled the probe and botched his handling of a congressional subpoena. Continue Reading.

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12:06 pm CST - May 24, 2016

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Olson Admonishes VA Comments on Long Wait Lines for Veterans

pete.olson2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement admonishing comments made by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald regarding long wait lines at the VA:

“Secretary McDonald was quoted comparing wait times our veterans face at the VA to the wait time at Disneyland Amusement Park. It is unconscionable to compare wait times for an amusement park to our nation’s veterans in dire need of critical healthcare. 

“Individuals are not dying as a consequence of the long wait lines at Disneyland. Secretary McDonald was tapped to lead the VA out of a crisis that led to the death of some of our honorable veterans waiting for care they never received. The Department of Veterans Affairs is not a theme park and it is not a business, it is a critical agency in charge of providing the care our nation’s heroes desperately need when they return from battle. I urge a serious approach to fixing the problems at the VA.”

 

 

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12:04 pm CST - May 24, 2016

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Clinton Email Probe in Late Stage, FBI May Question Her

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hillary.clinton2FBI agents probing whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server imperiled government secrets appear close to completing their work, a process experts say will probably culminate in a sit-down with the former secretary of state. Continue Reading.

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12:01 pm CST - May 24, 2016

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Obama Discovers the Separation of Powers

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obama-0413Barack Obama has never shown much of an appreciation for the separation of powers. At an event in Argentina, in March, the president said he found it “very frustrating … that power is distributed across a lot of different institutions.”

But suddenly he’s invoking the separation of powers to stop his national security aide from testifying to a congressional panel. Continue Reading.

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12:27 pm CST - May 23, 2016

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House Votes to Fund Training for Soldiers, Improve Care for Veterans 

Brady: This bill is my commitment to take care of our veterans who faithfully served our country.

kevin-bradyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Congressman Kevin Brady, (R-TX) released the following statement on House passage of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for FY 2017: Continue Reading.

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12:26 pm CST - May 23, 2016

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Olson Acts to Support Our Military

pete.olson3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) acted to provide critical funding and support to our military by voting in support of HOlR. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill authorizes vital funding for the Department of Defense to provide our service men and women the resources they need to defend our nation. This bill passed the House by a vote of 277-147. Continue Reading.

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12:24 pm CST - May 23, 2016

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Roger Williams Works to Ensure VA Accountability

roger.williamsTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —  (AUSTIN, TEXAS) – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. Congress, had three of his requests included in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) patient backlog, project cost overruns and the toll-free crisis hotline after calls went unanswered. Continue Reading.

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12:22 pm CST - May 23, 2016

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Rep. Culberson’s Statement on METRO’s University Line Loss of Consideration for Federal Funding

John-Culberson2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration withdrew the Houston University Line from federal funding consideration due to lack of progress, inactivity and lack of local financial commitment: Continue Reading.

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12:20 pm CST - May 23, 2016

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Obama Lifts Decades-old Vietnam Arms Embargo

By Leah Barkoukis — Townhall

Obama0819President Obama on Monday fully lifted the United States’ 41-year arms embargo against Vietnam.
“At this stage both sides have developed a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect,” Obama said at a news conference in Hanoi. Continue Reading.

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