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The Pentagon is halting refueling of warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, U.S. and Saudi officials said Friday, ending the controversial U.S. support to allies in the bloody conflict.
Saudi Arabia said it no longer needed U.S. Air Force aerial refueling because it could handle the task itself, according to a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee Rodney Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee Nita Lowey expressing support for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which helps nonprofit institutions protect their communities. In 2016, Congressman Lieu sent a similar letter of support for the measure, which helps nonprofit institutions like synagogues, churches and mosques improve their security protections.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that President Trump often uses an unmodified, personal iPhone to communicate with friends and confidants as well as two other iPhones that had been modified by the National Security Agency. According to anonymous White House officials interviewed by the Times, Trump has been repeatedly warned that the calls he makes on these devices are not secure and that “Chinese spies are often listening.”
The killing of Jamal Khashoggi has reverberated throughout the United States political establishment, with politicians on both sides of the political divide expressing their dismay over the Saudi journalist's confirmed death.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced the Arms Sale Oversight Act, which would align House procedures for reviewing major arms sales with existing Senate procedures under the Arms Export Control Act. The bill makes it possible for any House member to force debate on the House floor in the event that the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) does not debate a contested arms sale.
Upon introduction, Mr. Lieu said:
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) led a letter with Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), David Cicilline (D-RI), Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) urging UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to discourage UN partner nations from supporting armed proxies or pursuing alternative agendas that do not support the United Nations reconciliation process for Libya.
In the letter, the Members write:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Hack Your State Department Act, which he introduced with Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) in March. The bill will strengthen cyber defenses for the State Department by tapping ethical hackers to identify vulnerabilities in State Department’s networks and data systems.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), House Armed Services Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bicameral Hold the LYNE—or Low-Yield Nuclear Explosive—Act. The legislation would prohibit the research, development, production and deployment of a low-yield nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Lawmakers last week moved closer to mandating that the Department of Homeland Security start a bug bounty program that will pay computer security researchers to spot weaknesses in DHS’s computer networks. That requirement would bring the department in line with other U.S. agencies with similar cybersecurity programs.