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Sep 7, 2013

Analysis: Obama won’t say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration’s request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line.

A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it.

Sep 4, 2013

Syria adds to uphill battle for U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A heated debate in Washington over possible military strikes on Syria has created a fresh obstacle to the effort to pass U.S. immigration reform legislation, threatening to sap momentum for the effort and further crowd Congress’ fall calendar.

Looming budget battles with President Barack Obama had been expected to sideline any action on immigration in the Republican-led House of Representatives for at least a few weeks anyway.7

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. Congress fight over Syria pits establishment versus upstarts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, which votes largely along party lines on most issues, is displaying a different kind of split in the debate over Syria: Experienced lawmakers who support President Barack Obama’s plans for military action are lining up against more skeptical and rebellious newcomers mostly from the ideological edges of both parties.

A similar pattern emerged earlier this year on a proposal to limit surveillance by the National Security Agency, which failed in the U.S. House of Representatives but attracted significant support both from Tea Party members and libertarians and Democratic liberals.

Sep 4, 2013

Analysis: U.S. Congress fight over Syria pits establishment versus upstarts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, which votes largely along party lines on most issues, is displaying a different kind of split in the debate over Syria: Experienced lawmakers who support President Barack Obama’s plans for military action are lining up against more skeptical and rebellious newcomers mostly from the ideological edges of both parties.

A similar pattern emerged earlier this year on a proposal to limit surveillance by the National Security Agency, which failed in the U.S. House of Representatives but attracted significant support both from Tea Party members and libertarians and Democratic liberals.

Aug 31, 2013

Texas Senator Cruz tells Republicans: No surrender on Obamacare

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading a conservative push to eliminate funding for President Barack Obama’s new healthcare law, took his fight on Saturday to a forum of Republican activists where he challenged lawmakers in his party not to “surrender” on Obamacare.

Cruz, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, used a speech to an Americans for Prosperity conference in Orlando, Florida, to take to task those in his party who are wary of risking a possible government shutdown in an effort to fight Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Aug 28, 2013

Syria military action could lower temperature in U.S. budget battles

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Possible U.S. military
strikes against Syria could cool the temperature of Washington’s
autumn budget debates, perhaps lessening the odds of a shutdown
of the federal government or a default on the country’s debt.

Americans are already fed up with partisan fights, according
to polls, and their impatience with Congress is likely to grow
if U.S. forces are engaged in military operations, particularly
if they last more than a few weeks.

Aug 23, 2013

Republicans shape strategy for fall U.S. budget fights

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Republican plans for tackling
two looming fiscal battles began to take shape this week as
House of Representatives leaders made clear they want to pass a
temporary measure to avoid a possible government shutdown while
pushing for U.S. budget austerity.

With lawmakers away in their home districts for the summer
break, Republican leaders have been weighing their approach to
two upcoming budget standoffs with President Barack Obama – over
the annual spending bill and the impending debt limit increase.

Aug 23, 2013

Boehner seeks to calm Republican clamor over how to stop ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner, struggling to ease Republican divisions
over how to fight “Obamacare,” vowed on Thursday to try to erode
the healthcare law, but stopped short of weighing in on a push
to deny it funding.

Boehner and other Republicans agree on their distaste for
President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul, but the
party has been roiled by a debate over whether to threaten a
shutdown of the government to try to gut the measure.

Aug 22, 2013

U.S. House Republican leaders seek to prevent split on ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives are working to prevent their ranks from fracturing over the strategy of threatening a government shutdown to gut President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

About a third of the Republican caucus sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Thursday, urging them to oppose any annual spending bills that include funding for the health law known as “Obamacare.”

Aug 22, 2013

Republicans weigh using debt limit as leverage on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation.

The idea is gaining traction among Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, aides said on Wednesday. An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the debt limit is a “good leverage point” to try to force some action on the healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”

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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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