Rep. Louie Gohmert disputed claims that House GOP targeted investigations based on race.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s administration has failed to enforce U.S. immigration laws and therefore have created an “open borders” situation.
“This is open borders,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If you get passed the border and into the interior … then you can just stay. This cannot be the policy of the United States of America.”
Six House Republicans who are running for Senate this year in competitive states voted for the House GOP's 2015 budget.
Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tried to pass a bill that would have required background checks on all school employees, but Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected to their unanimous consent request.
The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, S. 1596, would require schools to conduct background checks on all school employees in order for the school to get federal education funding.
The legislation now heads to President Obama, who is facing a difficult veto decision.
The Speaker defended the way the House has investigated the attorney general.
The passage of the fiscal 2015 blueprint is a significant victory for GOP leaders.
The House on Thursday rejected a budget alternative offered by the Democratic Caucus, with the help of 31 House Democrats.
The Senate voted 56-41 Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit.
Under the rules, there will be up to 30 hours of debate, but Republicans and Democrats can yield back time to expedite final confirmation.
The House on Thursday rejected the Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget alternative, on the way to completing consideration of the GOP 2015 spending blueprint.