Bob Corker Blocking Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Bipartisan bill to sanction human rights abusers stalled
Sen. Bob Corker (R.,Tenn.) / AP

Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is said to be standing in the way of a bipartisan bill aimed at sanctioning human rights abusers in Venezuela, where anti-government protesters have come under violent attack by supporters of its Socialist government.

Iran, Russia Partnering to Launch Cyber Attacks

Former Intel Committee Head: Iran now a ‘world class’ cyber threat
Hassan Rouhani

Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Lawmaker: Iran Deal Still ‘Shrouded in Secrecy’

Ros-Lehtinen demands text be released to public
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

A leading House lawmaker is calling on President Obama to publicly release the full text of the recently signed Iran nuclear deal, which is currently being held under lock and key in a secure compound on Capitol Hill.

Lawmaker: Iran Deal Being Kept in ‘Super Secret Location’

Secret deal kept under lock and key in a ‘cone of silence’
Aerial view of a heavy-water production plant in the central Iranian town of Arak

The full text of the recently inked Iranian nuclear deal is being kept in “a super secret location” shrouded in “a cone of silence,” according to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) member Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.)

Congress to Obama: Cancel Iran deal

Lawmakers call for new sanctions, dismantling of Iran’s nuke program
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant / AP

Congressional opposition to the recently announced nuclear accord with Iran reached a critical tipping point this week as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle publicly lambasted the deal while pushing for tighter economic sanctions on Tehran.

House Bill Would Cut Aid to Palestinian Authority

New bill timed to Obama’s meetings with PA leaders would require recognition of Israel’s right to exist
Palestinians rip an American flag during a protest against the visit of President Barack Obama / AP

A Florida Republican House member plans to introduce a bill halting U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it formally “recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and cuts off all ties with the terror group Hamas.

Bipartisan Group Calls for Marine’s Homecoming

Marine was arrested in Mexico for trying to legally register a shotgun
Jon Hammar / Facebook

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) and 68 of her fellow members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging them to take diplomatic action to ensure the safety and homecoming of Jon Hammar, a U.S. citizen and Marine veteran being held in a Mexican prison.