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May 8, 2013

U.S. immigration bill would help Social Security finances -analysis

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A Senate bill to overhaul U.S.
immigration laws would help ease financial strains on the Social
Security retirement program, government actuaries said on
Wednesday in an estimate that marked the latest salvo in a
debate over the legislation’s impact.

In a letter to Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who
is one of the authors of the bill, actuaries for the Social
Security Administration said the overall effect of the bill on
the Social Security’s finances “will be positive.”

May 8, 2013

U.S. immigration bill would help Social Security finances -analysis

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A Senate bill to overhaul U.S.
immigration laws would help ease financial strains on the Social
Security retirement program, government actuaries said on
Wednesday in an estimate that marked the latest salvo in a
debate over the legislation’s impact.

In a letter to Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who
is one of the authors of the bill, actuaries for the Social
Security Administration said the overall effect of the bill on
the Social Security’s finances “will be positive.”

May 7, 2013

Former Senator DeMint takes center stage in immigration debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Jim DeMint announced in December that he was leaving the U.S. Senate to head the Heritage Foundation think tank, he said he thought he could wield more influence outside rather than inside the Congress.

Any doubt about that may have been put to rest on Monday with the release of a study by the foundation lambasting a bipartisan immigration proposal in the Senate as a budget-buster that would cost taxpayers trillions of dollars.

May 6, 2013

Battle over immigration bill starts in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress this week opens its first debate in six years on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, testing whether business and labor groups can hold together on a delicately crafted deal that already is under attack.

For 11 million illegal residents, the legislation in the Senate is their best hope of removing the threat of deportation and charting a path to eventual U.S. citizenship after a major push in Congress to reform a 1986 law died in 2007.

May 5, 2013

Israeli strikes in Syria could put more pressure on Obama: McCain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel’s air strikes on Syria could add pressure on the Obama administration to intervene in Syria, a key Republican said on Sunday, but the U.S. government faces tough questions on how it can help without adding to the conflict.

Hours after Israeli jets bombed Syria on Sunday for the second time in 48 hours, several top U.S. lawmakers voiced concern over the cascading uncertainty in the Middle East where a civil war has been raging in Syria for more than two years.

May 3, 2013

Lawmakers struggle over guest workers in immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the Senate gets ready to debate the details of a broad U.S. immigration bill, a group of House of Representatives lawmakers is still struggling to write its own legislation, hung up in part over guest worker programs sought by businesses.

Programs allowing employers in high-tech, agriculture, construction and other industries to hire foreign workers were also a stumbling block for senators who introduced a separate immigration bill last month.

May 1, 2013

In Obama’s jargon, getting to yes requires a ‘permission structure’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It sounds like something teenagers need before borrowing their parents’ car, but “permission structure” is actually a phrase being tossed around by President Barack Obama to describe his efforts to make deals with Republicans.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Obama expressed frustration with resistance to his ideas among congressional Republicans, saying that he thought “deep down” some of them wanted to “do the right thing” but worry about such consequences as being challenged in primary elections.

Apr 24, 2013

Republican split on immigration blunts party rebranding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When a bipartisan group of senators began writing legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws in January, many Republican leaders embraced the effort as a savvy strategy for fixing the party’s tattered image with Hispanic voters.

But since the bill was rolled out last week, a rift has emerged among conservatives that has played out in Senate hearings on Capitol Hill, on conservative talk shows and in social media such as Twitter and blogs.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked following Boston bombings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a prominent Republican who in the past supported immigration reform. However, the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said he saw no reason for the bombings to delay the debate.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked by Boston terror issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky but it was rejected by the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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      "Caren has covered the White House since 2003. In 2008, she was a lead correspondent covering President Barack Obama's campaign. She has covered international summits, the federal budget, U.S. policy on Iraq and Afghanistan, and has reported extensively on the U.S. economy. Caren joined Reuters in 1992. Caren is president of the White House Correspondents Association."
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