longest-running monarch. the 89 year old says the title is not one which she ever aspired to. plenty more stories any time for you on our website, the address is aljazeera.com, and you can watch us by clicking on the watch-live icon. the house is supposed to debate over the iran nuclear deal. open for business, a kentucky clerk's office is issuing marriage licenses, but their boss kim davis isn't there. and questioning planned parenthood, congress looks at how the group operates, even though that group was not even invited to the discussion. ♪
this is al jazeera america, we're live in new york city. i'm jonathan betz. the house of representatives was set this afternoon to begin its debate over the iran nuclear deal but that has now been postponed. they are trying to push a resolution of disapproval. democrats are on the verge of delivering a big win to president obama on that agreement. 42 senators now back the accord and that is enough support to filibuster any vote of disapproval. libby what is happening? >> reporter: we expected to see the house pick up debate on this bill and vote on it as early as friday, but there has been a delay, and you can chalk this up to some disarray and distent in the republican caucus. some republicans are saying they want to postpone bringing the debate to the floor and voting
on the bill. they say it's because of so-called side deals when iran and the iaea. this has long been a criticism of on opponents, saying there are things that haven't been revealed through the process. it was -- the plan that everything would be laid out for members of congress, and they would have two months to review before voting, by using this claim that they haven't seen everything, they can push things back. here is the problem for the republicans, though, the white house doesn't need congress to vote on this plan. so we'll watch to see how republicans sort this out. and the white house says these negotiations aren't side deals, they are a standard part of any process going over how reviews and inspections would take place. >> if the white house does not need this deal, then why all of the lobbying, including from the
chief negotiator, secretary of state john kerry. >> reporter: the white house would like a green light from congress, or they don't want to many members voting to disapprove. that's why you have seen secretary kerry and energy secretary moniz here today. they are meeting with democratic senators and trying to get a sense of exactly how many of these 42 supporters would actually go ahead and filibuster and stop republicans from voting to disapprove. just because democrats say they will support the deal doesn't mean they will filibuster. so secretary kerry says they will likely know more about that this afternoon. so we'll be watching both bodies as both sides strategize on how to go forward. but it doesn't look like both bodies are prepared to pass
disapproval resolution. >> everything is in flux, and i understand there's a rally against this deal with some republican presidential candidates. >> reporter: donald trump as well as senator ted cruz, of course both running for president, both against this deal. donald trump as called it stupid. they will be meeting with other people who are opposed to this. we'll see personalities like sarah pay len and glen beck. this is a demonstration to try to show members of congress that republicans and those aligned with them don't support this deal. >> okay. libby casey live for us, thank you. the board that oversees spending in baltimore has unanimously approved a $6.4 milli $6.4 million settle with freddie gray's family. six police officers have been
charged in that case. and the major responded to critics today. >> if any of the officers believed that they have been negatively impacted they can opt out of the settlement and face civil liabilities individually. the office of the country clerk in kentucky is open today, but kim davis is not there, evening though she is out of jail. davis was released yesterday after refusing to issue all marriage licenses. she was trying to avoid giving them to same-sex couples. her employees say even if she comes back to work, they will follow the law. john terrett is at the office. >> reporter: there is a bit of a folk festival going on here, people against same-sex marriage, protesting the notion that kim davis was locked up at all. of course she is now free from jail, and we were expecting her to turn up from work here in her
position, but she has not come. her lawyer says she will be in to work again on friday and possibly even on monday. the issuance of marriage licenses to straight and same-sex couples will go on. speaking to mark who is in from san francisco with his partner of seven years, alan, he works for the celebrity website, and mark is here, really, to make a point. >> no matter where we had rights to marry, i think part of it is now we have the right to marry everywhere. >> reporter: he also says that he doesn't think the jailing of kim davis is right. that it makes her a martyr, something in his view she most certainly is not. are these marriage licenses legal or not. the attorney general in kentucky says they are. but kim davis's team says no
they are not. here is her lawyer. >> the licenses that were issued were issued without the authority of the clerk of rowen county, and they are not valid. >> reporter: and so we're just going to have to wait and see. it must be very destabilizing for people getting marriage licenses at the moment, not knowing for certain whether they are legal or not. they will have to wait like the rest of us to see how this all place out. >> the european union has announced a new policy for dealing with the influx of refugees and migrants, it includes a quota system for each member state as thousands more people push their way towards western europe. but some countries are more welcoming than others. >> reporter: at this reception center on hungary's border with serbia, we have seen hundreds of refugees here, they have all said they are really concerned about what is going to happen to
them next. there were hundreds of refugees in that area behind us, buses came to pick them up, take them away. we're told they are being taken to a refugee camp close by. the refugees are worried that might be held here in hungary. they want to get to austria as soon as possible. they have heard really horrific stories, they tell me, about the treatment of other refugees here in hungary in the last week. they are so concerned that when we were on the border earlier this morning, where the razor wire fence is being built now, we saw dozens actually turn back and cross back into serbia, because they are so worried. that all being said, everybody we have spoken with, desperate to try to make it into germany as soon as possible. the u.s. is considering its own response to the crisis. secretary of state john kerry is on capitol hill discussing that
with lawmakers. mike viqueira has more on that. >> reporter: last week the white house said the europeans had the capacity to handle it. but now as the refugee crisis grows, heightened by graphic scenes of suffering, the u.s. is rethinking its approach. >> it does appear the situation is worsening, and that's why the united states is going to continue to consider additional steps that we can take to help those countries that are bearing the brunth of the burden. >> reporter: the obama administration is quick to point out that the u.s. has given $4 billion to help syrian refugees, more than any other nation. but as the tide swells, the number granted entry into the u.s. has been tiny, compared to some european nations like germany who said it will take in some 800,000 this year. compare that to the u.s. taking in 1500 since the civil war began five years ago.
1300 coming this year. during their civil war, an estimated 4 million syrians have left their homes, most going to neighboring countries like turkey and jordan. now many are on the move. opponents of allowing more refugees into the u.s. say there could be terrorists in their numbers. >> we have to balance that against proper vetting procedures. >> reporter: during the fiscal year that sends september 30th, the u.s. will have admitted around 70,000 refugees from around the world. a number that is set annually by the white house. as it considers allowing more refugees in, the white house wants other countries to step up as well. >> it certainly is clear, that we are going to need a more robust response from countries around the world, that includes countries in the region that we
have already seen countries in europe step up, and -- and offer up additional up a port. >> reporter: if president obama allows more refugees into the united states, congress would have to approve any new spending, and that is by no means certain. looking into planned parenthood, straight ahead on al jazeera america, months after undercover videos were released a house committee investigating how the group operates without inviting planned parenthood to take part. and a tackle on a high school football field could lead to criminal charges why the players say they were provoked.
puerto rico's government released long awaited fiscal reform. it only addressed part of the debt. and even if it is fully implemented, the government would still face a $14 billion funding gap over the next four years. it says that puerto rico should push for treatment equal to u.s. states in terms of tax incentives. a congressional panel is looking into planned parenthood after the release of undercover videos. and some on the panel want to see planned parenthood defunded. lisa stark has more. what have lawmakers been saying about this? >> reporter: they say this is
going to be the first in a series of hearings. some republicans want to cut off funding for the group. this came about from those undercover videos released earlier this year. today as you can imagine, it didn't just focus on the videos, it got into the whole subject of abortion and abortion rights, and there was emotional testimony from both sides of the aisle. >> i know many of you on this committee will hold to the standard line, and try to cloak all of this in the name of freedom of choice, but i beg you to open your own hearts and ask yourselves, what is so liberating about brutally and painfully dismembering helpless human babies? >> this hearing is not about the videos. in fact the videos have been doctored, and the videos aren't what they are supposed to be,
and it's show business. this hearing is about a woman's right to choose. >> reporter: now two witnesses were women who actually survived abortion procedures by their birth mothers. one of them who is now 38 years old, urged the committee to cut off funding for planned pieshthood. >> i would ask planned parenthood, the following questions, 38 years later, i would ask them these questions if abortion is about women's rights then what were mine. >> reporter: planned parenthood receives about $500 million a year in federal funding, but many pointed out that by law those funds cannot be used for abortions. they are used instead for women's health checkups things like that. >> that is a good point. also the fact that planned parenthood was not invited to this hearing. so what has their response been to that? >> they weren't invited neither were the group that made the
videos. planned parenthood has said that the videos have been totally discredited. they say this is part of many, many attempts to try to discredit them with evidence that they say prove to be false, and they said they follow all federal laws. >> lisa thank you. police near san antonio are considering whether to file criminal charges against two high school football players who tackled a referee during a game. >> reporter: the incident happened last friday in a game between two san antonio area schools. and the two players involved are telling school officials what they did was not unprovoked. >> the incident is shameful to us and deeply troubling to all of us. >> reporter: the fallout continues from the behind the back hit on a texas high school
football referee friday night. any two players involved remain suspended from the team and school, now as local police decide whether or not to charge the players with a crime, the pair say that umpire robert watts directed racial slurs at them. >> we are in the process of filing an official complaint to the officials association about the racial slur allegation. >> reporter: on the website watts is reported as saying quote: and the austin football officials association says: school district officials say the players were also angry about perceived slights watts committed against them in last friday night's game. >> during the game the players were feeling lots of frustration by what they perceived to be missed or wrong calls by the refs. >> reporter: the two accused
players say that lead one of their coaches to tell them to take revenge. >> the students allege that an assistant coach, said that guy needs to pay for cheating us. >> that assistant coach is this man. a former jon jay star, and college football player. he is now on paid administrative leave while the district looks into the allegation. >> i'm not going to speak for him, but i'm going to assume that maybe emotions got the best of him. texas is one of 23 states that has criminalized attacking referees. a representative for the austin football officials association says he hopes these two students never play football again. back to you. john henry smith reporting. a milestone for a monarch. queen elizabeth becomes the longing reigning royal in u.k.
teachers have gone on strike there. so 53,000 students will not be in class today. this comes after contract talks broke down last night. the district says it offered a generous pay raise, but teachers say they deserve more. the district wants teachers to work longer days, but the yuanian says that comes with no extra pay. teachers also wan a say over standardized tests. we probably don't have to tell you that getting up early for school can be a challenge for the students and their parents. now researchers warn that waking up early is tough on the body and can impact a student's ability to learn. ray suarez explains. >> reporter: it's a cliche, because it's true. exhausted and grumpy teenagers barely able to drag themselves out of bed, and get to school each morning, but now there's a growing chorus to let them sleep more and start the school day
later. more than 80% of the high schools and middle schools in this country begin classes earlier than the recommended 8:30 am start time. some even start earlier than 7:30 am. the result, according to health professionals, tired and sleep-deprived students who don't get the eight to nine hours of sleep each night doctors say they need. >> sleep deprivation has been studied extensively and has significant impact. er >> reporter: an impact which can lead to poor school performance and dangerous effects on teens. this is the director of the sleep disorder center in miami. >> teenagers who are sleep deprived are more depressed. they have more accidents when they drive. it can cause behavior issues, learning issues, [ inaudible ] has been linked to sleep deprivation.
>> reporter: a report just released by the cdc found between 75 and 100% of public schools in 42 states started classes before the recommended 8:30 am start time, and two out of three u.s. high school students sleep these than eight hours a night on school nights due to early wake-up times. >> every state in the nation [ inaudible ] as the state of minnesota did many, many years ago, should delay the school start for teenager. not make it earlier, which is exactly what is happening today. >> reporter: but opponents say pushing back classes comes at a price. including an increase in bus costs, and less time for after-school sports and jobs. a small price to pay say come who encourage parents to begin getting kids ready for the new
schedules now. >> i would recommend for parents to start a couple of weeks before school -- the school onset, to start waking up the teenager earlier, so they can get used already to the new schedule that they are going to have to have in school. >> ray suarez reporting there. a lifetime achievement for queen elizabeth. she is now britain's longest-serving monarch. ♪ >> there were no official celebrations for the big milestone, but the queen did receive some pomp and circumstance in scotland where she opened a new rail line. she has now been on the thrown for more than 63 years, and that surpasses queen victoria's mark. emma hayward has more. >> my whole life whether it has been long or short, shall be devoted to your service. >> reporter: it was a promise
made more than 63 years ago, by a 25 year old princess, soon to be queen. who would eventually be recognized the world over and who has been a constant presence in british life against a backdrop of constant change. >> in a sense, the queen is the social glue of britain. she is the pin that holds the whole class system together and of course, she's very important not just as a symbol, but actually she has real constitutional importance. >> reporter: at the time of the core nation, the british empire has begun to crumble. since then other world leaders have come and gone. there have been royal weddings, divorce and scandal, but there is still interest globally in the head of britain's most
famous family. >> you might hear negative things about her son or some of the other royalty, but never about the queen. it's always positive. >> i don't think she -- she's very useful in -- in the 21st century. >> reporter: on any given day you are likely to get this. people peering through the gates of buckingham palace. poll suggest that people here want to keep the monarchy. there are those who are indifferent or some who want the current queen to be the country's last. among them the group republican. out campaigning in the northern city of sheffield, convincing the public to give up a thousand-year institution is not easy. >> the fact that she has been head of state that long is irrelevant really. without a democratic process what is the point?
just living a long time means nothing really. >> reporter: and that pledge made by the queen to serve for a lifetime is likely to be kept, her legacy, perhaps so far, is that the old constitution of monarchy abandoned by so many nations is still intact, and has been steered into a new era of popularity. long live the queen. finally tonight, talk about a photo bomb that is out of this world. the international space station was the cull brit. nasa photographer bill engineerals was not expecting to see the space station when he snapped these picks of the sun. it was complete coincidence. he has only moments to capture this, because the iss orbitz earth around 17,000 miles an hour, that's incredible. he manages to take five frames of a journey almost invisible to