Senate Republicans blocked the house-passed bill to extend America’s debt limit and avert a government shutdown, while top generals say they advised Biden not to withdraw from Afghanistan, and more in conservative politics.
Republicans in the Senate blocked a house-passed bill that sought to suspend the debt limit and avert a government shutdown that is looming by the end of the week, numerous media reported.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised “further action” this week without specifying.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made clear Republicans will not vote to increase the federal borrowing limit, CNN reported.
Some view the efforts of Republicans as a way of putting the brakes on the $3.5 trillion Democrat-led spending package for social programs and climate reform.
On Tuesday, under oath, two top generals told lawmakers they advised President Joe Biden earlier in the year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan.
Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services during a hearing on Tuesday he recommended maintaining a small force of 2,500 troops in Afghanistan earlier this year, Politico reported.
Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked if he agreed with the recommendation to leave 2,500 troops on the ground and answered affirmatively.
Milley said that, under the Trump administration, he recommended the US maintain at least 4,000 troops, Fox reported.
During an August 19 interview with ABC, Biden told the host that “no one” he “can recall” advised him, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops.”
“No,” Biden replied. “No one said that to me that I can recall.”
During an interview with ABC, former president Barack Obama spoke out about the US immigration system, which he labeled “dysfunctional” and the recent “heartbreaking” migrant crisis at the southern border where 14,000 Haitian migrants were camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas,” Fox reported.
“Immigration is tough,” Obama declared. “It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others.”
“At the same time, we’re a nation state,” Obama continued. “We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable.”
“[Del Rio] is a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet and we’ve got more work to do,” Obama added. “And the question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to honor a key agreement that it reached with agency only a couple of weeks ago allowing inspectors to service damage monitoring equipment, the Daily Wire reported.
On September 13, the New York Times reported that, according to the IAEA, Iran “has come within roughly a month of having enough material to fuel a single nuclear weapon.”
A report issued on Monday, analyzing the findings of the UN agency, concluded Iran raced over the summer to enrich uranium at 60 percent purity – just below bomb grade – putting the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in a position to produce enough fuel for a single bomb in “as short as one month.”