Syria

McConnell Wants Open Amendment Process on Refugee Bill
 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the way forward on the refugee admittance legislation would involve an open amendment process, alternating amendments between the two parties, which is in direct opposition to the guaranteed four amendments Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested previously.

Kerry Blasts Senate on Nominations Hold Up
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Senate’s inability to bring a vote to the floor to fill a number of vacant diplomatic positions is hurting the nation’s efforts against the Islamic State.

Praise, Criticism for GOP as Obama Wraps 2015
 

Obama Warns U.S. on Anti-Immigration Rhetoric
 

At a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a fervent defense of refugees entering the United States, comparing the recent anti-immigration political climate to the “darkest chapters” of American history.

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’
 

Gowdy Grills DHS on Waiver Program
 

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on U.S. ISIS Strategy
 

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which follows a prime-time address earlier in the week by President Barack Obama reasserting the administration's plan to defeat the terrorist group.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva are expected to testify.