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Nov 8, 2013

Conservative groups keep up pressure amid U.S. budget talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Influential U.S. conservative groups are lobbying Republican lawmakers on a bipartisan budget negotiating panel to stand firm in opposition to tax increases and any easing of automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester.”

Pressure from the outside groups could raise the chances of a stalemate in the panel’s efforts to craft a deficit-reduction deal. The committee faces a December 13 deadline to agree on a plan designed in part to avoid a repeat of the September budget standoff that led to a 16-day government shutdown.

Oct 31, 2013

Obamacare controversy hits close to home for Capitol Hill staff

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers opposed
to Obamacare are grappling with a predicament of their own
making as they decide whether to move their staff into the new
insurance marketplaces tied to President Barack Obama’s
healthcare overhaul.

More than three years ago, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley
of Iowa proposed an amendment to the Affordable Care Act, also
known as Obamacare, requiring U.S. lawmakers and their aides to
purchase insurance coverage on the new online marketplaces known
as exchanges.

Oct 30, 2013

Partisan battle lines drawn on taxes as U.S. budget talks begin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers launched a new round of budget talks on Wednesday with pledges to work toward easing automatic government spending cuts, but drew familiar partisan battle lines over boosting tax revenues to help pay for that.

The 29-member congressional negotiating panel, commissioned under this month’s deal to end a government shutdown and lift the federal debt limit, has until December 13 to agree on a plan that would at least reduce the effects of $109 billion in spending cuts looming in 2014.

Oct 29, 2013

Insight – U.S. Congress finds cure for gridlock in water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives has rediscovered the formula for peace, harmony and an end to gridlock after a month of partisan warfare: $8 billion (4.9 billion pounds) worth of harbour dredging, dam and lock construction and other federal waterway improvements.

The bill got only modest attention in the aftermath of a government shutdown and the technological woes of President Obama’s health law when it passed last week by a vote of 417-3.

Oct 29, 2013

U.S. Congress finds cure for gridlock in water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives has rediscovered the formula for peace, harmony and an end to gridlock after a month of partisan warfare: $8 billion worth of harbor dredging, dam and lock construction and other federal waterway improvements.

The bill got only modest attention in the aftermath of a government shutdown and the technological woes of President Obama’s health law when it passed last week by a vote of 417-3.

Oct 24, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz has ‘open mind’ on Yellen Fed pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a leading conservative voice, said on Thursday he has an “open mind” on President Barack Obama’s selection of Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.

Yellen, the Fed’s current vice chair, has been a strong proponent of the use of ultra-easy monetary policy to boost U.S. economic growth.

Oct 22, 2013

Senior Democrat pushes firm line in U.S. budget talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior House of Representatives Democrat set down a firm marker on Tuesday for newly convened U.S. budget talks, saying his party would not agree to significant cuts in large social programs without increases in tax revenue.

Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, told the Reuters Washington Summit that he would be willing to consider some changes to big entitlement programs such as Medicare, the health insurance program for those 65 and older.

Oct 21, 2013

Top business lobbyist: U.S. immigration law unlikely in 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A leading advocate of efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration law said Monday that the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to act on the issue until at least early next year, which could complicate its chances of passing Congress.

Bruce Josten, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top lobbyist, said the House probably won’t pass its version of an immigration overhaul at a time when fiscal issues continue to dominate Congress’ agenda.

Oct 18, 2013

Insight: Budget fight leaves Boehner ‘damaged’ but still standing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself.

Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Oct 18, 2013

Budget fight leaves Boehner ‘damaged’ but still standing

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The debt and budget crisis
that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at
war with itself.

Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party
moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful
assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

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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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