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.
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (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, U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry said on Sunday.
Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the U.S. 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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Democrats are pushing to extend emergency unemployment benefits, saying they are needed to help the economy and provide a safety net for Americans struggling in a sluggish job market.
Extending unemployment benefits is a priority of President Barack Obama, and his fellow Democrats see an opportunity to include such an extension in a possible budget deal that is being negotiated by a bipartisan panel led by Republican Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington.
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who
has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with
the government’s new health care website, was briefed earlier
this year on a consultant’s report that warned of possible
widespread site failures, the White House said on Tuesday.
There have been weeks of questions about whether Obama
understood the depth of the site’s problems and let it open
anyway, or simply “did not have enough awareness” of them, as
the president stated at a Nov. 14 news conference.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Signs of progress began to emerge in U.S. budget talks on Tuesday, as top Senate Democratic negotiator Patty Murray said that she sees a path toward an agreement to ease automatic “sequester” spending cuts.
Murray, asked if there was now a path forward in her talks with her counterpart, Republican Representative Paul Ryan, said: “I believe there is.”
Nov 19 (Reuters) – Republicans opened a second front in
their political battle against President Barack Obama’s
healthcare program on Tuesday, with a coordinated effort to
convince Americans not only that its main enrollment website is
broken but that personal data is vulnerable to theft.
In a Republican-sponsored hearing in the U.S. House of
Representatives, three security experts said HealthCare.gov has
security flaws that put user data at risk despite government