Republicans Blocking Bill to Combat Christian Violence

Two Republican senators hold a bill to fight slaughter in the Middle East
Syrian and Iraqi Christians

Two leading Republican senators are under fire from religious groups for blocking a widely supported bill that would help combat the slaughter of Christian minorities across the Middle East, according to multiple sources familiar with the legislation.

Sunday Show Roundup

Cruz and Lee continue their push to defund Obamacare
Ted Cruz, Mike Lee / AP

Leaders of the effort to defund the health care law pointed to Friday’s vote to defund Obamacare as a legislative victory and provided additional insight into their plan if the legislation does not succeed in the Senate on Sunday.

Lee Introduces Pro-Family Tax Plan

Proposal expands child tax credit and eliminates many tax exemptions
Mike Lee / AP

Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) said the government should significantly increase the tax credit for children as part of a tax reform proposal that he introduced in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday afternoon.

Tea Party Leaders Press on for Calls to Defund Obamacare

GOP lawmakers continue to push their plan to defund the law despite intraparty concerns
AP

Republican lawmakers reiterated their calls on Tuesday to defund the Affordable Care Act and tried to refocus attention on an issue that has been largely overshadowed by developments in Syria.

Sunday Show Round Up

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discusses the economy
Jack Lew on "Meet the Press"

Appearing on four Sunday news shows, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addressed questions on the overall state of the economy, the impending debt ceiling debate, and the president’s comments on Washington’s attention to “phony scandals.”