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Apr 19, 2013

Senators seek to show immigration bill won’t fall victim to gridlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a week that saw the dramatic collapse of a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, a bipartisan group of senators sought to project confidence that a measure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws would not fall victim to the same fate.

The so-called “Gang of Eight” senators used a news conference on Thursday to build momentum for the bill that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and allow business to hire more guest workers while stepping up border enforcement.

Apr 18, 2013

Conservatives aim to defeat immigration bill by stressing economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a bipartisan Senate group worked over the past few months to assemble broad legislation to overhaul the immigration system, conservative critics of the effort kept a fairly low profile. That’s about to change.

Critics of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill are gearing up for a intense fight to defeat the bill and they plan to put the economy at the center of their strategy.

Apr 18, 2013

Senate sponsor attacked over “MarcoPhones” in immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a sign of the tough politics facing Republican supporters of immigration reform, Senator Marco Rubio, a leading sponsor of the Senate immigration bill, came under fire from conservatives on Wednesday over a provision that could provide mobile phones to Americans living near the Mexican border.

Rubio, a Florida Republican seen as a potential contender for the 2016 presidential race, along with three other Republican senators and four Democratic senators hammered out the 844-page immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.

Apr 18, 2013

Senate sponsor attacked over ‘MarcoPhones’ in U.S. immigration bill

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – In a sign of the tough
politics facing Republican supporters of immigration reform,
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a leading sponsor of the Senate
immigration bill, came under fire from conservatives on
Wednesday over a provision that could provide mobile phones to
Americans living near the Mexican border.

Rubio, a Florida Republican seen as a potential contender
for the 2016 presidential race, along with three other
Republican senators and four Democratic senators hammered out
the 844-page immigration bill that would create a path to
citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.

Apr 17, 2013

Coalition behind immigration bill may be fragile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The eight senators who crafted comprehensive legislation to overhaul the immigration system went to great lengths to balance the competing priorities of dozens of interest groups in an 844-page bill introduced on Wednesday in hopes it would improve the chances for passage of the bill.

The courting of immigrants rights groups, farmers, the Chamber of Commerce, the tech industry and the AFL-CIO labor organization has paid off so far, with many of these players issuing positive initial statements about the bill.

Apr 16, 2013

Obama endorses bipartisan U.S. immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system put forward by a bipartisan group of senators, saying it was “largely consistent” with his own principles for immigration reform.

Obama, who had said previously that he would submit his own bill if not satisfied with the Senate proposal, urged Congress to “quickly move” the bill forward and that he was “willing to do whatever it takes” to help.

Jun 14, 2012

Obama to address economy, Romney predicts ‘cheap words’

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
seeking to counter deep doubts about his economic leadership,
will ask voters on Thursday for more time to boost growth while
arguing that his Republican rival Mitt Romney would resurrect
policies that plunged the United States into crisis.

Obama will use a campaign speech in the battleground state
of Ohio to try to bounce back from setbacks over the last two
weeks.

Jun 14, 2012

Obama to address doubts over economy, Romney predicts ‘cheap words’

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
seeking to counter deep doubts about his economic leadership,
will ask voters on Thursday for more time to boost growth while
arguing that his Republican rival Mitt Romney would resurrect
policies that plunged the United States into crisis.

Obama will use a campaign speech in the battleground state
of Ohio to try to bounce back from a series of recent setbacks.

Jun 13, 2012

Analysis: Obama’s gamble: Asking for more time to fix economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So far, President Barack Obama has not been able to convince most Americans that they are better off than they were four years ago. His next step may be to try to convince them that they would be worse off under his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

In an economic speech on Thursday that could set the tone for months of campaigning, Obama is not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to Democrats familiar with the preparations for the address.

Jun 13, 2012

Obama’s gamble – Asking for more time to fix economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So far, President Barack Obama has not been able to convince most Americans that they are better off than they were four years ago. His next step may be to try to convince them that they would be worse off under his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

In an economic speech on Thursday that could set the tone for months of campaigning, Obama is not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to Democrats familiar with the preparations for the address.

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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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