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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.”

Aug 4, 2013

Republican Ryan wary of shutdown strategy on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Influential Republican congressman Paul Ryan disagreed on Sunday with the idea of using the threat of a government shutdown as a means of trying to get rid of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”

Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former vice presidential candidate, said he strongly backs the goal of repealing Obamacare but added there were other, more effective ways of achieving it than by refusing to approve any government funding bill that includes money for the program.

Aug 4, 2013

Senior U.S. senator says Putin acting like ‘schoolyard bully’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator said on Sunday that the U.S.-Russia relationship had become “poisonous” and urged President Barack Obama to consider moving next month’s Group of 20 summit away from the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

Charles Schumer, the U.S. Senate’s third ranking Democrat and a close Obama ally, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to antagonize the United States by granting American fugitive Edward Snowden asylum for one year.

Aug 1, 2013

Activists mobilize for busy August on immigration, Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – August might not be much of a recess for U.S. lawmakers weary from bruising budget fights and nomination showdowns: the break promises a frenzy of meetings in their home districts with activists trying to pressure them on immigration and health care reform.

Progressives, Tea Party conservatives, the business and faith communities and other interests have spent weeks – and in some cases months – planning for the five-week break that begins Friday when lawmakers return to their home districts.

Jul 31, 2013

House Republicans leery of ‘Obamacare’ defunding idea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Tea Party-inspired plan to kill President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by forcing a government shutdown unless funds to implement the law are denied has not gained traction among senior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

“I think leadership is giving other options that they think are more effective,” said Republican Representative Pat Tiberi, a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner.

Jul 31, 2013

Obama seeks to rally Democrats behind tough budget message

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to rally Democrats behind an aggressive approach to the fall budget showdowns with Republicans, as he makes a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

If his speeches over the past week are any indication, Obama will urge Democrats to take a hard line against Republican attempts to make further cuts in the federal budget, arguing that they’ve cut enough already and that it’s time to shift the focus to spending that will benefit America’s middle class.

Jul 30, 2013

Republicans weigh short-term U.S. budget measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With time running out for the U.S. Congress to agree on next year’s budget, some Republicans are pushing for a short-term fix that would delay the confrontation over a government shutdown until November.

If lawmakers agree on a short-term plan to fund the government for a few weeks past the current October 1 deadline, it would mean that the fight over government funding for next year would coincide with a potentially more consequential clash over raising the federal borrowing limit.

Jul 26, 2013

Obama, Republicans gear up for bruising U.S. budget fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another dramatic showdown between Republicans and the White House over federal spending looks inevitable this fall, with scary talk of government shutdowns and default on government debt.

While Capitol Hill analysts are not predicting catastrophe, they have several reasons to worry that the conflict just weeks away could be even worse than usual.

Jul 26, 2013

Analysis: Obama, Republicans gear up for bruising U.S. budget fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another dramatic showdown between Republicans and the White House over federal spending looks inevitable this fall, with scary talk of government shutdowns and default on government debt.

While Capitol Hill analysts are not predicting catastrophe, they have several reasons to worry that the conflict just weeks away could be even worse than usual.

Jul 23, 2013

Senators cancel immigration meeting with lobbyists amid backlash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Architects of the Senate’s immigration bill on Monday canceled a meeting that had been planned with business groups and other supporters to try to rally momentum for the legislation, in a sign of how difficult it will be to enact the reforms.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Republican Senator John McCain and other members of the “Gang of Eight” that shepherded a sweeping immigration bill through the Senate want to enlist business, labor and religious groups to help persuade members of the House of Representatives to back reform.

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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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