Washington Weekly Review

July 17, 2015

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley Makes Inquiries to Attorney General, Planned Parenthood After Video Surfaces in Media Reports

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is making inquiries to Planned Parenthood and the Justice Department following media reports of a video describing in detail Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of fetal tissue.

The video shows Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director for Medical Services, Deborah Nucatola, describing the organization’s role in the procurement of fetal tissue... (READ MORE)


Republican Conference Chairman McMorris Rodgers statement on Planned Parenthood Video Admissions: “Disturbing” and “Illegal”

Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after video footage surfaced featuring Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services detailing atrocious abortion practices.

“The admissions by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director for Medical Services, in the recent undercover video go beyond a debate over pro-life vs. pro-choice. This is a matter of following the law. The practices described are not only disturbing—they’re illegal"... (READ MORE)


Democrats Raise Tough Questions on Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama “vigorously’” defended his nuclear agreement with Iran this week, the Associated Press reports, but “in Congress, resistance comes not only from Republicans, but also Obama’s own Democratic Party.”  Indeed, numerous Democrats are raising tough questions for the Obama administration on its Iran deal, from lifting the arms embargo to providing a cash infusion that will allow Iran to continue fomenting terrorism in the region.  Here’s a look:

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “Without Verification, This Is a Useless Agreement” “‘Verification is going to be very critical,’ House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said. ‘Without verification, this is a useless agreement. Without verification that’s meaningful and effective, it’s not an agreement that I can support”... (READ MORE)


From the Office of Speaker Boehner: Sec Clinton’s Special Email Arrangement Was Not ‘Permitted’

Following her CNN interview, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was roundly criticized for failing to tell the truth about her exclusive use of a personal email address and private server for official government business, and her decision to delete tens of thousands of emails.

In addition to her false claim that she was “never” subpoenaed, she also insisted that “Everything that I did was permitted. There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.” The Washington Post Fact Checker awarded her three Pinocchios for her dishonesty, and pointed out that “she appears to have not complied with the requirement to turn over her business-related e-mails before she left government service”... (READ MORE)


Senate Majority Leader McConnell Statement on OPM Director Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the resignation of Katherine Archuleta, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the need for the Obama administration to ‘articulate a credible plan of action’ to prevent additional breaches of Americans’ personal information:

“The Obama Administration needs to take this opportunity to articulate a credible plan of action, and more thoroughly address the legitimate concerns of the American people, particularly the millions who have been harmed by the lack of competence in confronting a massive cyber-attack"... (READ MORE)


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