Senate clears treaties to combat ‘pirate fishing’

The Senate approved four treaties Thursday aimed at stopping “pirate fishing.”

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) called for swift passage of the treaties and got unanimous consent to do so.


Cruz bill would stop Iranian ‘terrorist’ from entering US

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Iran has nominated an “acknowledged terrorist,” who held the U.S. embassy hostage, to be its next United Nations ambassador.

“It is deliberately insulting and contemptuous,” Cruz said after introducing a bill that would prevent the ambassador from entering the United States.


Leahy to Obama: Destroy US stockpile of land mines

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on President Obama Thursday to destroy the U.S. stockpile of land mines and sign the Mine Ban Treaty as part of his presidential legacy. 

“Destroy our stock pile of mines. We’re never going to use them,” Leahy said on the Senate floor. “President Obama is the only one who can make that happen. Time is running out.”


Obama withdraws UN nominee

U.N. reform pick and former WH deputy counsel Leslie Berger Kiernan "asked the president to have her name withdrawn for personal/family reasons,” a White House aide told The Hill.