This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


  • The Iran nuclear deal is likely to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill for the next 60 days, with Republicans saying the deal will not achieve its goal of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama said he will veto legislation aimed at killing the deal. Looking Ahead: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said hearings will start shortly.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to an even 15. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is leading the pack. Looking Ahead: Still out there, but undeclared, are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
  • House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told fellow Republicans during a closed-door meeting that no spending bills will move in the House until GOP lawmakers figure out what to do about the controversy over the Confederate flag. Looking Ahead: The Democrats are expected to continue to try and make the appropriations bills toxic to conservatives by inserting language about the controversial flag.
  • A month after the Transportation Security Administration was embarrassed by its poor performance in a security audit, the agency is planning more robust screening of passengers, which will mean longer lines at airports. Looking Ahead: The new plan will require more hand-wanding of passengers, more use of bomb-sniffing dogs and more random testing of luggage and travelers for traces of explosives.
  • Three bills are pending in Congress that would address cybersecurity issues that are making Americans worried about sharing information with the federal government, but all are stalled. Looking Ahead: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Republican leaders are hoping to move one of the measures during first week of August.

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