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White House, Congress clash on hostage recovery reforms

White House, Congress clash on hostage recovery reforms

The White House and Congress are on a collision course as they each try to improve the federal government’s interactions with families of hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other extremist groups, as well as overarching efforts to free their loved ones.

A key House Republican and Democrat are blasting the administration, which plans to release new steps to improve efforts to free Americans held overseas Wednesday, for not pushing far enough to provide tough oversight of the process.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a member of the Armed Services Committee who has spearheaded a bipartisan legislative effort to overhaul the Obama administration’s hostage policies, said initial information leaking out from the administration about its proposals is “pathetic” and “nothing more than window dressing.”

Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat from Maryland whose constituents include the family of Warren Weinstein, an al Qaeda prisoner who the CIA accidentally killed in a U.S. drone attack in January, told CNN Tuesday that he is “disappointed” by the White House steps.

Source: White House, Congress clash on hostage recovery reforms | WashingtonExaminer.com