A congressional committee has taken a step toward granting a terminally ill British baby residency in the United States so he can receive experimental treatment.
The House Committee on Appropriations voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an amendment introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) that would grant permanent residency to 11-month-old Charlie Gard and his parents, who have waged a lengthy court battle to prevent a London hospital from withdrawing life support.
The case has drawn intense media scrutiny in Britain, and some outlets reported Wednesday that the committee vote means Charlie could soon be on his way to the U.S. for treatment. But the amendment would need to clear several more hurdles — including votes by the full House and the Senate — to become law.
A leading Senate Democrat on Wednesday questioned the independence of a Federal Communications Commission nominee who worked as a top aide to the current chairman.
If confirmed, Brendan Carr, a Republican nominated last month by President Trump, would be the commission’s swing vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to dismantle tough net neutrality rules for online traffic.
Carr hasn’t publicly stated his position on the matter, but the assumption is he would support Pai, a fellow Republican and his former boss.
Just a day after saying he would "let Obamacare fail," President Trump reversed course Wednesday and told Republican senators they should stay in Washington and work through August to salvage and pass a measure to replace it.
"For seven years, you promised," Trump scolded senators as they sat down for lunch at the White House after the latest Senate healthcare bill had been largely given up for dead.
"I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan," the president said.
An unvarnished critique of the European Union by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a private meeting with Central European leaders was picked up on an open mike on Wednesday, as the Israeli leader accused the EU of “undermining” Israel and assailed as "crazy" Europe's conditioning of cooperation with Israel on the Palestinian peace process.
The remarks were made at a summit in Hungary with the prime ministers of Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, as Netanyahu lobbied the leaders to persuade other EU member states to ease the group's criticism of Israeli policies in the West Bank.
The leaders were unaware that Netanyahu’s remarks were being transmitted to headphones distributed to journalists at the summit, and that Israeli reporters had started to record the conversation.
The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.
But the justices are leaving in place a lower-court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the United States.
The administration had appealed last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson that required the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States. Watson also vastly expanded the family relations that refugees and visitors can use to get into the country.
The Trump administration Wednesday continued its sharp criticism of Iran, labeling Tehran the world's top government sponsor of terrorism.
In a new report, the State Department said terrorist attacks and deaths from terrorism declined worldwide last year. The Islamic State militant group remained the most active "nonstate" perpetrator, the report said, despite having suffered a significant loss of territory.
The document, formally titled Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, is issued annually under congressional mandate.
Rarely has a president taken office so focused on undoing his predecessor’s works as Donald Trump. Six months in, he has little to show.
Monday brought twin blows. Not only did the Affordable Care Act survive another Republican repeal effort, maintaining President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, but Trump was forced to certify that Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal that was the biggest foreign policy accomplishment of Obama’s second term.
At the first official meeting of President Trump’s voter-fraud task force, he and Vice President Mike Pence defended the commission’s purpose amid complaints over its transparency, potential bias and data-collection efforts.
The meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was closed to the public and media, but live-streamed on the White House website.
Pence, who chairs the commission, said it “has no preconceived notions or preordained results.”
President Trump will try again on Wednesday. He has invited the 52 Republican senators to lunch at the White House as the GOP tries to regroup after the embarrassing collapse of their Obamacare overhaul.
Trump has given Congress mixed signals over what he wants to do next.