WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Wednesday seized on the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty” to attack long-cherished Democratic social programs and roll out their own alternatives for fighting income inequality.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 White House contender, stood in the Lyndon B. Johnson room of the U.S. Capitol to criticize what he said were flawed Democratic big-government solutions dating back to Johnson’s presidential tenure.
WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
Democrats will make a major push when Congress returns Jan. 6 to
renew expired benefits for the unemployed and will seek to
pressure Republicans over the issue by painting them as uncaring
toward the middle class.
Federal unemployment benefits will officially expire for 1.3
million out-of-work Americans on Saturday. With Congress in
recess, no last-minute fix is possible.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the eve of the expiration of federal benefits for the long-term unemployed, U.S. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are stepping up pressure on Republicans to renew the program.
Top White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said in a statement issued on Friday that a failure to renew emergency jobless benefits would harm the economy and he urged Congress to move quickly to pass a short-term extension of the aid.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout.
So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity “buzz” that would ripple across social media, turned to Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga – a Twitter icon with nearly 41 million followers – singer John Legend (5 million followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers) tweeted messages urging their fans to “get covered” by the program known as Obamacare.
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Last summer, White House
officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to
enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls
showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the
success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its
Oct. 1 rollout.
So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity
“buzz” that would ripple across social media, turned to
Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga – a Twitter icon
with nearly 41 million followers – singer John Legend (5 million
followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers)
tweeted messages urging their fans to “get covered” by the
program known as Obamacare.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Democrat said on Sunday he hoped an emerging deal on the U.S. budget would include an extension of unemployment benefits but added that his party would not necessarily walk away from an agreement that left it out.
“I don’t think we’ve reached that point where we’ve said, ‘This is it, take it or leave it,’” Senator Richard Durbin told the ABC program “This Week,” when pressed on whether his party would insist on including jobless aid in a final deal.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs.
They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that go beyond the potentially transitory issues of the website, HealthCare.gov, and cancellations of several million insurance policies that did not meet the law’s standards.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In its current disarray, Obamacare is providing Republicans with a steady stream of stories that any campaign manager would consider priceless: tales of ordinary people, some dreadfully ill, with canceled health insurance thanks to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
But what if the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed soon, as the Obama administration has promised, and canceled policies get replaced long before the November 2014 mid-term congressional elections and the 2016 presidential contest? What if the memories fade?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Sunday voiced skepticism about an interim nuclear deal reached with Iran but Congress looked likely to give President Barack Obama room to see if the agreement works.
The deal does not need to be ratified by Congress and Obama is using his executive power to temporarily suspend some existing U.S. sanctions on Iran.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration insisted on strong safeguards in a nuclear deal with Iran and has no illusions about the risks that the Islamic state might not follow through on its obligations, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the Congress who worry that the six-month agreement gives Iran too much leeway and that it might end up using it as a stalling tactic.