(NBC News) – It is a tale of two agendas: One by Republicans intent on building an oil pipeline through Middle America, and the other from a President pushing policies to help the middle class that could end up going nowhere – because his party’s not in charge.
Republicans are dealing with everything from terror to abortion as President Obama hits another red state today – Kansas – pushing his agenda.
As President Obama travels across the country pitching what he calls “middle class economics”
Congress is moving toward a vote on the Keystone Oil Pipeline, and dealing with a myriad of other issues… From authorizing military force against ISIS to abortion.
There’s a vote today to prohibit federal funding on the 42nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. “The pro-life movement is stronger than ever,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, (R) Kansas.
“Women’s reproductive rights must be respected,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge, (D) Ohio.
Lifting the trade embargo with Cuba is on the back burner as historic high-level talks begin in Havana today. “We need to move on and the U.S. needs to move on,” said Cuba Resident Maritza Corralles.
But it’s the tone in Washington that could threaten progress. “The job of Congress is to put forth alternative ideas but they’ve got to be specific. It can’t just be no,” said President Barack Obama.
“He owes it to the American people to find a serious way to work with the representatives that they elected,” said Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
And now, a new controversy:
House Speaker John Boehner invited Israel’s Prime Minister to address congress on Iran without clearing it with the White House: “The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I am poking anyone in the eye,” said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
His colleagues are working on a bill to fast-track sanctions against Iran.