Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko implored the United States to provide more military and non-military aid to Kiev in its protracted conflict with Russian-backed rebels on Thursday in front of a rare joint session of Congress.
House lawmakers passed a short reprieve for the U.S. trade bank that finances export deals for American companies.
The Export-Import, or Ex-Im, Bank charter was set to expire Sept. 30, but House lawmakers added a nine-month extension to a must-do spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. It has to be passed by the end of the month to avert a government shutdown.
In a crucial vote of support for the White House's declared war on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the war-torn country.
Despite broad support for President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State among House Republican and Democratic leaders, a sizeable chunk of rank-and-file lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the plan just hours ahead of a House floor vote, making backers of the Syrian rebels intensely nervous.
Extremists rule large parts of Syria and Iraq. Violence consumes communities from the Central African Republic to Mali, Somalia, and South Sudan. Ukraine teeters on the verge of all-out war with Russia. Israelis and Palestinians are as far apart as ever. Libya descends into chaos. Oh, and Ebola is spreading terror and death across West Africa.