counterterrorism

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible
Gun control vote 'will inflame things,' Ryan says

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas shooting, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a brief interview Monday.   

"We're not bringing it up this week," the California Republican said of a GOP counterterrorism bill that includes a three-day delay on gun sales to anyone on a terrorist watch list. The sale would be blocked only if the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list.  

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Bipartisan Group Introduces House Version of Compromise Gun Proposal
Republicans Curbelo, Dold, Rigell and Democrat Moulton leading House effort

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo is part of a bipartisan coalition in the House pushing compromise gun control legislation (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three House Republicans and one Democrat announced Friday the introduction of legislation to prevent individuals on certain terrorist watch lists from purchasing a gun but with an appeals process for denials.   

The bill, identical to a proposal Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins offered in the upper chamber , is part of a bipartisan, bicameral attempt to find a legislative compromise on restricting terrorists' access to guns following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, this month that left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.  

House to Vote Thursday on Counterterrorism Bills
Leaders aim to select measures with best chance of passing both chambers

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had initially planned to repackage nine bills but is scaling back to ensure approval from both chambers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will repackage at least three counterterrorism bills that have already passed into one piece of standalone legislation to be voted on this week following the deadly rampage at an Orlando nightclub, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.  

The California Republican said the exact number of bills that will be folded into one is still under discussion as House leaders work with the Senate to determine which measures have the best chance of passage in both chambers. The vote will take place Thursday, he said.  

Obama Sees Kindred Spirits in Nordic Leaders
Pragmatic, compassionate capitalists 'a model' for the president

President Barack Obama speaks at the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial of Stockholm in Stockholm in 2013. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The five Nordic leaders who arrive in Washington on Friday for a state visit are viewed by President Barack Obama as a pragmatic group with an outsize influence on global affairs.  

Items on the agenda will include how to respond to an increasingly aggressive Russia, Arctic region policy, Middle East refugees, counterterrorism, and climate change. Experts say Russian President Vladimir Putin will be monitoring the goings-on closely.  

Gitmo Executive Action Would Further Muddle Obama Legacy

Obama makes a statement about his plan to close the detention camp at the Guantánamo Bay in Roosevelt Room at the White House on Tuesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans’ immediate rejection of an Obama administration plan to close the Guantánamo Bay military prison means yet another part of the president's legacy could be decided by the courts.  

Unable to convince a GOP-run Congress to support his plan and short on time to make good on his pledge to shutter the terrorist detention facility, Obama's last option is to go it alone. And given recent history, that’s why experts expect the lawsuits to begin.  

Defiant Obama to Congress: Give Gitmo Plan 'Fair Hearing'

President Obama speaks in the White House’s Roosevelt Room on Tuesday about his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison. He was joined by Defense Secretary Ashton Cater (right), with a painting of former President Theodore Roosevelt on horseback behind them. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a passionate call for Congress to give his plan to close the Guantánamo Bay military prison a “fair hearing,” casting the terrorist detention center as a hindrance to national security.  

Even before Obama spoke about the plan , Republican lawmakers dubbed it  “illegal” and made clear it has almost no chance of being enacted. But Obama ended his remarks with a defiant tone.