LPR News

White House Talks: No Progress on Government Shutdown

VOA News The new Democrat-led House of Representatives is expected to approve bills Thursday to end a partial government shutdown. The Republican leader of the Senate says he will not bring the measures to a vote. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to keep the shutdown going “as long as it takes” to get border wall financing Democrats do not support. That is the state of the shutdown after Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday and the two sides came no closer to agreeing on a resolution. They plan to try again with another meeting Friday. The…
Read More »
Featured

US Clergy Abuse Survivors Demand Inclusion in Vatican Reforms

Agence France-Presse CHICAGO — Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old. More than five decades later, the 61-year-old stood Wednesday in front of a throng of news cameras outside the downtown Chicago headquarters of the Catholic archdiocese in this sprawling American city, and demanded the church listen to survivors. "They've counted on our silence," Marchant said. "The horror of what happened to each of us needs to be out and spoken." Marchant was joined by leaders of two survivors' advocacy groups who sent an open letter to…
Read More »
Featured

In New US Congress, Each Party Controls a Chamber

VOA News Divided government returns to the United States Thursday with the swearing-in of a new Congress. After two years in which Republicans controlled the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives, Democrats will be the majority in the House. That is the result of the November midterm elections in which Democrats made big gains to end up with 235 seats in the 435-seat House when the new members take office. Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate, and now hold a 53-47 majority. Rep. Nancy Pelosi from California is expected to be voted House speaker, returning her…
Read More »
Featured

Reed-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC –  Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) helped notch a major victory in the effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health, with the signing of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act this week.  The BOLD Act authorizes $100 million over five years to develop a public health approach that will improve prevention, treatment, and care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Senator Reed cosponsored the BOLD Act, which was authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Capito Moore (R-WV), and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), and helped pass it through the full Senate on December 18.  It was…
Read More »

U.S. Senate Confirms Aaron L. Weisman to be U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC - Tonight, the full Senate voted to confirm Rhode Island's Assistant Attorney General Aaron L. Weisman to lead the Attorney's office for Rhode Island. The Trump Administration tapped Mr. Weisman for the position in October, and he received backing from Rhode Island's Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. "Mr. Weisman has the experience to effectively lead the Attorney's office for Rhode Island. I am confident that he will provide strong, steady leadership in this role," said Senator Reed. "I'm pleased that the Senate has confirmed Aaron Weisman as our state's lead federal prosecutor. Mr. Weisman's record at the…
Read More »
LPR News

Pompeo: US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Colombia Coca Cultivation

VOA News/Reuters CARTAGENA — The United States is deeply concerned about an increase in coca cultivation in Colombia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but will work with the Andean country to cut production of the raw material for cocaine in half by the end of 2023. Pompeo met with Colombian President Ivan Duque on a brief visit to the coastal city of Cartagena. "The United States remains deeply concerned about the surge in coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia since 2013," Pompeo told journalists following the meeting. Colombia has long been ranked as the world's top producer…
Read More »
Featured

US Ambassador Meets With American Held in Russia

VOA News Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman on Wednesday visited the retired Marine who has been detained on espionage charges in Russia. He also spoke on the phone with the family of Paul Whelan, 48, according to a State Department statement that did not release any details of the call "due to privacy considerations for Mr. Whelan and his family.'' It did say, "Ambassador Huntsman expressed his support for Mr. Whelan and offered the embassy's assistance.'' Access was granted just hours after Secretary Mike Pompeo said he expected an explanation of why the American was arrested and demanded his release…
Read More »
Featured

Trump Pushes Anew for Wall Funding in Shutdown Dispute

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump pushed again Wednesday for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border, even as he claimed without evidence that Mexico is already paying for it through a new trade deal and that much of the barrier has been built. Trump is meeting with congressional leaders about his demand for wall funding in a dispute that has closed a quarter of government operations for 12 days. The leader invited top Republicans and Democrats to the White House for what it called a "border security briefing," talks occurring the day before…
Read More »
LPR News

Trump Invites Congressional Leaders to Briefing as Shutdown Continues

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump has invited Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to what the White House is calling a "border security briefing" Wednesday, while a partial government shutdown hits its 12th day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to attend the session. It is not clear if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or fellow Democrat and House speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi will be there, or whether the two sides will use the meeting to negotiate plans to reopen the government. Democrats will have a majority in the House of Representatives when the new Congress opens Thursday,…
Read More »
Featured

Elizabeth Warren da un gran paso hacia la candidatura presidencial del 2020

Voz de América WASHINGTON — La senadora Elizabeth Warren tomó el lunes un primer paso en el inicio de una campaña altamente anticipada para la presidencia, a la espera de que su reputación como una luchadora populista la ayude a navegar unas primarias demócratas que podría tener dos docenas de candidatos. "Sin importar nuestras diferencias, la mayoría de nosotros queremos lo mismo", dijo la demócrata de 69 años en un video que subraya la historia de su familia en Oklahoma. "Poder trabajar duro , jugar bajo las mismas reglas y cuidar de las personas que amamos. Lucho por eso y es…
Read More »