“Thank you for not forgetting me,” Gross told the secretary of state, Rep. Jim McGovern says.
Part of the deal were prisoner releases and exchanges. Alan Gross, who was arrested and has been imprisoned for espionage in Cuba for the past five years, is on his way back to the U.S. There will also be a swap of alleged spies.
Hours before the midnight deadline, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded.
“We will complete the job. Not as quickly as I would like, but we will complete it.”
The deal on federal spending was negotiated by Senate Democrats and House Republicans.
“There’s a famous movie that says show me the money. Show us the language.”
The long-delayed report details the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies during the Bush administration.
“What will be new tomorrow is the references to our partners, people that helped, places that were willing to hold prisoners,” said Sen. Richard Burr. The long-awaited report comes out on Tuesday.
Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand has been pushing a bill on the issue — but had no advance notice of the Pentagon’s new plans, nor did at least two other Democratic senators on the issue. Sen. Claire McCaskill was notified.
After the dismal 2014 elections, House Democrats are anxious, critical of the leadership, and wondering if it’s time for a message overhaul. Leadership has plans in the works.
“I urge the President to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”
It’s the first cabinet-level departure since Democrats lost the Senate in the midterm elections. He will remain in his post until his replacement is confirmed.
“All the decisions we make between now and the end of the year will be under a microscope.”
Sen. John McCain says there isn’t standing yet to sue the president over his immigration executive actions.
The incoming judiciary chairman says “something has to be done before June 15.”
“We hear there will be a prime time Thursday evening announcement.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy’s USA Freedom Act, which would have put some limits on the capabilities of the NSA, didn’t get the votes for full consideration.
Progressives are upset the Senate will vote on Keystone, and red-state Democrats who lost say it wouldn’t have made a difference in their elections. “It doesn’t help anybody now.”
Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, says he hasn’t spoken to Chairman Bob Menendez about any plan to vote on a new AUMF.
Rubio invested early in Iowa candidates and Iowans are walking away from him impressed.