close Video Members of Congress respond to Brittney Griner's release, share skepticism over deal Brittney Griner's detention in a Russian penal colony was a violation of human rights, but the terms of her prisoner swap were concerning, members of Congress say. Members of Congress celebrated Brittney Griner's freedom from Russian detention, though some were concerned about the terms of her release. "First of all, I'm glad she's out," Alabama Sen. Tuberville told Fox News. "I just don't think it was apples for apples. We freed the ‘Merchant of Death.'" Griner, the WNBA player arrested in February for bringing cannabis products through a Moscow airport, was freed from a Russian penal colony Thursday in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the "Merchant of Death." WATCH MORE FOX NEWS DIGITAL ORIGINALS HERE Bout was serving a 25-year sentence in U.S. prison after being convicted in 2011 of … [Read more...] about Members of Congress respond to Brittney Griner’s release, share skepticism over deal
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WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a $40 billion emergency military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine, moving quickly and with little debate to deepen the United States’ support for an increasingly costly and protracted fight against a brutal Russian invasion. The measure, paired with an initial emergency infusion of aid to Kyiv that was approved in March, amounts to the largest package of foreign aid passed by Congress in at least two decades, bringing to roughly $54 billion the total American investment in the war in just over two months. The lopsided vote, with just 11 senators in opposition — all Republicans — reflected the remarkable bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for a massive investment in Ukraine’s war effort, which propelled the bill through the House last week. And the speed with which it moved through Congress, where the leaders of both parties raised few questions about how much money was being spent or what it would be used for, was … [Read more...] about The Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, sending it to Biden.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's switch from Democrat to independent won’t change the balance of power in the Senate. But it could affect her political fortunes back home. Sinema says she won’t caucus with Senate Republicans, so Democrats will still hold the majority next year. And she is expected to continue casting most of her votes with Democrats while separating herself on certain issues. “Nothing’s going to change for me,” Sinema declared in a video announcing her decision. A look at what Sinema’s decision means: WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE SENATE Not much. Democrats will still be in charge, and day to day operations won’t change for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Sinema is still holding her Democratic committee assignments, meaning she can’t upend the party structure too much. It is unclear exactly what the Senate's party balance will be, and whether she will still … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: What Sinema’s switch means for the Senate
close Video Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on China reshaping region: 'We will not let that happen' Austin delivered a strong warning to China during a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum. A GOP senator is threatening to place Senate holds on the Defense Department's civilian and senior military nominations until DOD reverses its "irresponsible" shift on abortion that will facilitate the termination of thousands of pregnancies by service members and their families. Sen. Tommy Tuberville , R-Ala., warned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a Friday letter that DOD has no authority to follow through on its late October announcement on abortion. That announcement said DOD will subsidize the travel costs of service members who are seeking abortions in other states, now that the Supreme Court has invalided Roe v. Wade and allowed state governments to set their own abortion policies. The policy is aimed at ensuring service members can … [Read more...] about GOP senator to hold defense nominees over DOD’s ‘irresponsible’ abortion policy
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to mandate federal recognition for same-sex marriages, with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voting in favor of the measure in the waning days of the Democratic-led Congress. With a vote of 258-169, the landmark legislation cleared Congress, sending it to President Biden to be signed into law and capping an improbable path for a measure that only months ago appeared to have little chance at enactment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the tally triumphantly, banging the gavel repeatedly as if to applaud as members of the House cheered. It was the second time in five months that the House had taken up the Respect for Marriage Act. Last summer, 47 House Republicans joined Democrats in support of the legislation , a level of G.O.P. enthusiasm for same-sex marriage rights that surprised and delighted its supporters. That set off an intensive effort among a bipartisan group of proponents in the Senate — … [Read more...] about Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights Clears Congress
WASHINGTON — Hours after meeting in Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Senator Mitch McConnell issued a forceful counterargument to the isolationists in his party who have questioned whether the United States should be sending another $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. “This is not some handout,” Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, declared, in comments that could just as easily have been directed at the lawmakers he leads. “It’s important for the United States to help; it’s important for the free world to help,” Mr. McConnell, the minority leader, told reporters. “It’s important for the Ukrainians to win, and hopefully not many members of my party will choose to politicize this issue.” For years, Mr. McConnell has served as a bulwark against the anti-interventionist voices in the Republican Party that have grown ever louder, anchoring it to its hawkish roots even as President Donald J. Trump rejected them. Russia’s assault on Ukraine has presented perhaps his most difficult … [Read more...] about McConnell Takes On Isolationist Wing of G.O.P. in Fight for Ukraine Aid