CONGRESS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CONGRESS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Congress passes Hatch, Matheson bill to help EMS providers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421312-90/ems-matheson-program-emergency.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421312-90/ems-matheson-program-emergency.html.csp">Congress passes Hatch, Matheson bill to help EMS providers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T18:54:44.954-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 06:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Congress has voted to reauthorize a program to help emergency responders with the unique needs of children and adolescents, a move pushed by Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson. The House on Tuesday voted 410-4 to continue the 30-year-old grant program for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories that helps emergency medical services (EMS) crews stock limited doses of medicine and smaller equipment to help younger patients. The Senate approved the legis...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58421312@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:54:44 MDT Letter: Senate is Congress’ chokepoint http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420665-82/senate-bills-nothing-congress.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420665-82/senate-bills-nothing-congress.html.csp">Letter: Senate is Congress’ chokepoint</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T16:55:49.934-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 04:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Earl Rucker (“Do-nothing Congress still gets elected,” Sept. 10) is right. However, a finger pointed in the right direction is helpful when fully armed with plenty of information. The House has passed a bevy of bills that are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate. In all, 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. And 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. Two hundred of those bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420665@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:49 MDT Top general: If Obama’s strategy fails, ground troops are possible http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420403-68/obama-dempsey-ground-forces.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58420403-68/obama-dempsey-ground-forces.html.csp">Top general: If Obama’s strategy fails, ground troops are possible</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T21:42:17.973-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 09:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president “will not” send ground forces into combat, but Gen. Martin Dempsey said Obama had personally told him to come back on a “case by case basi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584204032014-09-16T21:42:17.973-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T21:42:17.973-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420403@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:42:17 MDT U.S. senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58420635-79/coal-sales-markey-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58420635-79/coal-sales-markey-government.html.csp">U.S. senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T17:34:25.715-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 05:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Billings, Mont. • A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too slowly on promised reforms since the Democrat raised concerns earlier this year that “bargain-basement” lease sales to a handful of mining companies might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more. Investigators ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584206352014-09-16T17:34:25.715-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T17:34:25.715-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420635@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:34:25 MDT Lowry: Congress should vote on action against ISIS http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420102-82/congress-president-war-isis.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420102-82/congress-president-war-isis.html.csp">Lowry: Congress should vote on action against ISIS</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Rich Lowry</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The National Review</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T10:35:17.846-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 10:35AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS. Polls show the public wants strong measures. Practically everyone on the political spectrum says the terror group should be destroyed, even Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. President Barack Obama has given a prime-time speech committing the country to a yearslong war. And yet Congress can’t bring itself to vote to authorize military action. President Obama doesn’t want to ask for an authorization, and Congress doesn’t w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420102@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:35:17 MDT Hunt: Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420086-82/president-obama-congress-kaine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420086-82/president-obama-congress-kaine.html.csp">Hunt: Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T10:01:18.082-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 10:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama’s declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, a founding father, dispatched ships to the Barbary Coast of North Africa as a protection force in 1801 because Muslim pirates were seizing American merchant vessels. He then declared that he was “unauthorized by the Co...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420086@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:01:18 MDT House Republicans move ahead on training and arming Syrian rebels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417485-68/iraq-administration-congress-forces.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417485-68/iraq-administration-congress-forces.html.csp">House Republicans move ahead on training and arming Syrian rebels</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T21:30:01.868-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State group. The Obama administration says the training operation is needed to establish credible, local ground forces to accompany U.S. air strikes against the militants who have conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584174852014-09-15T21:30:01.868-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-15T21:30:01.868-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417485@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:01 MDT Dionne: Congress must do its job on foreign policy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407084-82/debate-president-congress-policy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407084-82/debate-president-congress-policy.html.csp">Dionne: Congress must do its job on foreign policy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T12:09:04.508-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 12:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. The arguments, a prelude to votes on resolutions endorsing military...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407084@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:09:04 MDT Campaign finance reform and Arbinger’s self deception http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58060268-82/congress-delegation-party-policies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58060268-82/congress-delegation-party-policies.html.csp">Campaign finance reform and Arbinger’s self deception</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">By Stephen Tryon</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T20:03:38.616-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 08:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Executive branch officials are limited by federal ethics regulations to a threshold of about $35 when accepting or exchanging gifts. As an army officer, I was always taught this was as much about preventing the perception on the part of the American people that officials were being bribed as it was about any lack of trust in federal officials. In my business career, we had a similar policy at Overstock.com regarding company employees accepting gifts from vendors. The problem with accepting large...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58060268@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:03:38 MDT Utah members wary of giving Obama ‘blank check’ against ISIL http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407276-90/congress-ground-group-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407276-90/congress-ground-group-obama.html.csp">Utah members wary of giving Obama ‘blank check’ against ISIL</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T22:05:15.583-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 10:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • While President Barack Obama is asking Congress for authorization to train and arm rebels in Syria some Utah members fear giving Obama open-ended power to handle the terrorist threat and want a detailed, and limited, proposal. “I’m still not clear as to what he’s going to ask us to do,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a video town hall following Obama’s Wednesday night address on the group that calls itself the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant. “I had probably had more question...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407276@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:05:15 MDT Washington Post: Obama lays out his strategy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58402446-82/state-obama-islamic-syria.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58402446-82/state-obama-islamic-syria.html.csp">Washington Post: Obama lays out his strategy</a></h4>