Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
October 4, 2015

Obama, Senate Democrats Talk FISA, Keystone, Economy

During a wide-ranging, closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats that focused on economic issues, President Barack Obama expressed openness to changing the way the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court operates.

That’s according to Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who also serves as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

“It was a good discussion, but there’s still some unresolved issues in my mind,” Durbin said. “He made reference to something I said on Sunday about FISA courts, and that there be a more adversarial nature of those proceedings. I think if there’s more transparency and a real court proceeding, there’ll be a lot more confidence that’s there’s a check on the power of any executive.”

Durbin was referencing comments he made Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“There should be a real court proceeding. In this case, it’s fixed in a way, it’s loaded. There’s only one case coming before the FISA, the government’s case. Let’s have an advocate for someone standing up for civil liberties to speak up about the privacy of Americans when they make each of these decisions,” Durbin said on the TV program. “And let’s release some of the transcripts, redacted, carefully redacted so that people understand the debate that’s going on in these FISA courts.”

Asked if the Wednesday discussion included Obama indicating he would be open to such a proposals, Durbin replied: “He did as a matter of fact, and I hope he is.”

There was no shortage of material for the pre-recess meeting with the president. For instance, according to Durbin, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., raised the subject of the approval process of the Keystone XL pipeline, which she supports (though many Senate Democrats do not). Obama apparently didn’t commit one way or the other.

After the meeting, Landrieu pushed her joint effort with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to get the pipeline approved, including circulating a link to a petition on her Senate website.

As was the case in a meeting with House Democrats, Obama addressed the decision-making process for the next head of the Federal Reserve, but apparently didn’t get too far into specifics.

“He has a long list of people he’s talking to. He indicated that there’s not a — his words — not a piece of paper difference in all of them, so he’s weighing all the minus and pluses, and he’s going to make a decision,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senate Democratic leaders said at a media availability after the meeting with Obama that it demonstrated unity on fiscal issues, with the president renewing the stand that he won’t negotiate over raising the debt limit.

“The questions were good, they covered a wide range of areas, and the president didn’t beat around the bush on anything,” Reid said.

“One thing is very clear as we head into the debates this fall: We’re united, Democrats are united on the simple principle that all our energy will be focused on creating jobs and supporting the middle class. Our economy is growing, but not fast enough, and that’s an understatement,” Reid said.

“We are united that we insist that focusing on middle-class job growth is key, and we are not going to sacrifice other goals for that,” added Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

Durbin said the meeting was largely designed to provide a sendoff message as senators return to their states for August recess, where many will be holding town hall meetings and other events. He said Democrats were aware of needing to deliver a coherent message.

“Look what happened to health care reform over the August recess. I mean, the creation of the tea party, which we’ve had to live with ever since. So, we’re not going to leave a void here,” Durbin said. “We’re going to fill this with our message, and we’re going to do it in a very forceful, positive way.”

Durbin plans to start his own efforts on Friday with a previously announced event in Iowa with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, in the district represented by Republican Steve King, whose controversial comments have generated no shortage of national headlines.

“There are a number of events,” Durbin said. “I’m going to start on Friday with a little roundtable with Sen. Harkin in Ames, Iowa … we’re hoping the local congressman can come and meet some of the DREAMers.”

Comments (73)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Anonymous

    July 12, 2015
    3:53 p.m.

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thanks, I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  2. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    2:18 p.m.

    I have been reading out a few of your posts and i must say clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog.

  3. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    7:55 p.m.

    Some really nice and utilitarian information on this website , besides I believe the style and design has got fantastic features.

  4. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    8:32 p.m.

    Hey this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Anonymous

    July 14, 2015
    12:59 a.m.

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  6. Anonymous

    July 17, 2015
    6:48 a.m.

    You could certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “Until you walk a mile in another man’s moccasins you can’t imagine the smell.” by Robert Byrne.

  7. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    1:44 p.m.

    Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Excellent. I am also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  8. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    6:50 p.m.

    You made some nice points there. I did a search on the matter and found nearly all people will consent with your blog.

  9. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:48 a.m.

    Hi, Neat post. There is an issue along with your site in web explorer, may check this… IE nonetheless is the market chief and a large section of folks will pass over your magnificent writing because of this problem.

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:55 a.m.

    Valuable information. Lucky me I found your web site by accident, and I am shocked why this accident didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  11. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    1:06 p.m.

    This actually answered my problem, thanks!

  12. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    9:57 p.m.

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  13. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    10:22 p.m.

    It?¦s truly a great and useful piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    10:05 a.m.

    I really enjoy looking through on this site, it has got fantastic blog posts. “Never fight an inanimate object.” by P. J. O’Rourke.

  15. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:31 p.m.

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Kudos

  16. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    3:58 p.m.

    I conceive you have observed some very interesting details , regards for the post.

  17. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    5:18 p.m.

    Simply wanna comment on few general things, The website design and style is perfect, the content is real wonderful : D.

  18. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    12:01 p.m.

    Just wanna remark on few general things, The website pattern is perfect, the written content is very wonderful. “We can only learn to love by loving.” by Iris Murdoch.

  19. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    3:53 p.m.

    F*ckin’ remarkable things here. I am very glad to peer your article. Thank you a lot and i am having a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  20. Anonymous

    Aug. 3, 2015
    10:07 a.m.

    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble. You’re wonderful! Thanks!

  21. Anonymous

    Aug. 3, 2015
    11:20 a.m.

    Dead pent written content, Really enjoyed looking at.

  22. Anonymous

    Aug. 4, 2015
    6:55 p.m.

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

  23. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    4:10 a.m.

    Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. However think of if you added some great pictures or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this blog could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Fantastic blog!

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    7:22 a.m.

    Well I really enjoyed studying it. This article offered by you is very practical for proper planning.

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    1:47 p.m.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually recognise what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally visit my web site =). We could have a hyperlink change contract among us!

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    4:32 a.m.

    I do love the way you have framed this particular issue and it does indeed provide us a lot of fodder for consideration. Nonetheless, because of what I have seen, I just trust as the actual opinions stack on that people today stay on issue and in no way embark on a tirade regarding the news of the day. Still, thank you for this fantastic piece and even though I can not go along with this in totality, I regard your standpoint.

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    2:23 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect site.

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 11, 2015
    2:19 p.m.

    I am just writing to let you be aware of what a wonderful discovery our daughter gained reading your site. She discovered lots of details, not to mention what it’s like to possess a wonderful coaching mood to make the rest with no trouble completely grasp chosen very confusing matters. You actually surpassed people’s expectations. I appreciate you for showing the necessary, trustworthy, revealing and as well as unique tips about that topic to Emily.

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    2:52 p.m.

    Definitely consider that which you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be at the internet the simplest factor to bear in mind of. I say to you, I certainly get irked even as other people think about issues that they just do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and also outlined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , folks could take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    10:14 p.m.

    Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Wonderful. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 18, 2015
    1:17 a.m.

    Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 19, 2015
    11:28 a.m.

    This site is my breathing in, rattling great design and perfect content material.

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 23, 2015
    7:58 p.m.

    I’d constantly want to be update on new articles on this website , saved to fav! .

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    1:27 a.m.

    I?¦m now not positive the place you’re getting your information, however great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or figuring out more. Thanks for fantastic info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    7:16 a.m.

    I’ll right away seize your rss as I can’t to find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me recognise so that I could subscribe. Thanks.×196.png

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    4:43 p.m.

    Great blog right here! Also your site quite a bit up fast! What host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate link to your host? I want my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    8:09 p.m.

    What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you’re no longer really a lot more smartly-liked than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, produced me in my view consider it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested except it is something to do with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. At all times take care of it up!

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 26, 2015
    12:18 p.m.

    Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. This is a really smartly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your helpful information. Thank you for the post. I will definitely return.

  39. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    5:17 p.m.

    Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  40. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    11:48 p.m.

    Greetings! Very helpful advice on this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 1, 2015
    8:23 p.m.

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely magnificent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is actually a great web site.

  42. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    1:55 a.m.

    Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is just great and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  43. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    12:32 p.m.

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    5:40 p.m.

    I think this web site has some really fantastic information for everyone. “Loving someone is easy but losing someone is hard.” by Shelby Harthcock.

  45. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    11:37 p.m.

    Very interesting details you have observed, appreciate it for posting.

  46. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    5:28 p.m.

    You completed a few nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found the majority of people will have the same opinion with your blog.

  47. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    7:13 p.m.

    Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with approximately all vital infos. I would like to look extra posts like this .

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    11:04 p.m.

    Hi! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

  49. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    8:37 a.m.

    I was reading through some of your blog posts on this internet site and I believe this website is really informative ! Retain posting.

  50. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    1:46 p.m.

    I’ve been browsing on-line greater than three hours today, but I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It’s pretty value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the web will probably be a lot more helpful than ever before. “Dreams have as much influence as actions.” by Stephane Mallarme.

  51. Anonymous

    Sept. 12, 2015
    10:12 p.m.

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any ways to help prevent content from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  52. Anonymous

    Sept. 13, 2015
    7:07 a.m.

    Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very useful info specifically the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  53. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    6:23 a.m.

    The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  54. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    1:16 p.m.

    Real fantastic info can be found on blog.

  55. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    3:44 p.m.

    Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was searching for! “The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously.” by Hubert Humphrey.

  56. federatedinsurance

    Sept. 19, 2015
    6:45 p.m.

    Thanks for detailed review.. Waiting for future notes

  57. the hanover group

    Sept. 19, 2015
    8:07 p.m.

    Whats amazing post here. I will turn attention on your description.

  58. esurance car insurance quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    10:30 a.m.

    We offer you huge discounts, just enter your zip code and save up to 40 percent on auto and home insurance policies. Its easy and fast to do by 5 digit zip code.

  59. statefarm insurance quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    3:21 p.m.

    Use our free quotes to get discounts on auto or home insurance. Get quotes by zip code and save up to 505 annually.

  60. Anonymous

    Sept. 21, 2015
    7:20 a.m.

    Terrific work! This is the type of info that should be shared around the internet. Shame on Google for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

  61. State farm quote

    Sept. 21, 2015
    10:19 a.m.

    Save more with us and online auto insurance comparison. It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  62. mutual homeowners insurance

    Sept. 21, 2015
    4:27 p.m.

    Its good idea to share such info with us. We need more such useful information.

  63. amica mutual insurance company

    Sept. 21, 2015
    4:33 p.m.

    Get quotes on State farm for auto and home policy. Save with State farm quote!

  64. amax insurance careers

    Sept. 22, 2015
    6:30 p.m.

    Also I suggest everyone try our huge discounts on auto or home insurance

  65. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    4:32 a.m.

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  66. federated

    Sept. 23, 2015
    5:32 a.m.

    Try discounts up to 40% on auto or home insurance.

  67. federated national agent login

    Sept. 23, 2015
    6:02 a.m.

    Make you policy cheaper by getting free quotes from mutual home and auto insurance companies.

  68. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    5:37 p.m.

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  69. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    8:15 p.m.

    Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thank you

  70. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    8:35 a.m.

    I enjoy you because of all of the hard work on this blog. Kim take interest in managing investigations and it’s easy to see why. My partner and i hear all about the powerful manner you convey important tactics via the web blog and even recommend response from other ones on this subject and our girl is actually studying a whole lot. Enjoy the rest of the year. You’re the one carrying out a great job.

  71. Anonymous

    Sept. 27, 2015
    1:12 a.m.

    Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Excellent task.

  72. cheep homeowners insurance

    Sept. 28, 2015
    12:02 p.m.

    Compare quotes by zip code instantly. Save up to $520 on combined auto policies!

  73. Anonymous

    Oct. 2, 2015
    2:42 p.m.

    Cuanto Gran Canaria esgarra Aquel arábigo ápodo. Cuanto Gran Canaria toxica Ese Hebreos adefesioso

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...