The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is staying silent about a new congressional amendment that would level fresh economic sanctions on Iran, leading some insiders to say that the pro-Israel lobbying group has been “neutered” following a high profile defeat last month.
Ukraine was the primary focus of each Sunday news program as protestors and the government move towards a transitional government.
Military veterans testifying before Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday demanded full repeal of the pension cuts to retirees that “break the sacred trust” of promises made to men and women in uniform.
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal, denying a vote that would save up to $20 billion by closing a loophole that allows tax refunds to go to illegal aliens.
Sen. Levin now says he does not support Sen. Ayotte’s bill due to its closing of the loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive tax credits. Levin’s office said he supports eliminating pension cuts to military retirees, but was unaware of how Ayotte’s legislation offset the cuts.
His spokesman told the Hill: “Sen. Levin would support legislation to repeal the military pension cuts if such an amendment didn’t endanger underlying legislation and if he supported the offset. He doesn’t support the offset in Sen. Ayotte’s legislation, so he couldn’t offer support for her legislation.”
A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
A bipartisan group of senators asked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in a letter sent Friday to put sanctions on Russian banks that have helped Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.