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Jul 10, 2013

Obama pushes economic case for immigration as House eyes next steps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to turn up the pressure on Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass sweeping immigration reform in coming weeks, making the argument that modernizing the outdated system would boost the economy and cut the deficit.

President Barack Obama’s top advisers released a 32-page report on Wednesday pulling together well-known economic arguments – highlighted by quotes from some Republican stalwarts – that passing reforms will grow the economy by 3.3 percent by 2023 and reduce the deficit by almost $850 billion over 20 years.

Jul 9, 2013

Lobbyists launch push on immigration in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of a U.S. immigration reform bill are launching a push for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from Catholic bishops, visits to Capitol Hill from high-tech lobbyists and an ad blitz sponsored by organized labor.

The lobbying frenzy is aimed at overcoming resistance among many Republicans in the House of Representatives to the biggest overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in nearly 30 years.

Jul 3, 2013

‘Obamacare’ foes renew attack after U.S. employer mandate delayed

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – Republicans launched a fresh
assault on “Obamacare” Wednesday, promising a congressional
inquiry after the White House delayed a requirement for
employer-provided health insurance until after the 2014
congressional elections.

Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO labor organization, which supports
the health care law, asked that its own requests for changes be
given the same consideration the White House has extended to
employers.

Jul 3, 2013

‘Obamacare’ foes renew attack after U.S. delays employer mandate

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – Republicans launched a fresh
assault on “Obamacare” Wednesday, promising a congressional
investigation after the White House delayed a requirement for
employer-provided health insurance until after the 2014
congressional elections.

Criticism was not confined to Republicans. The AFL-CIO labor
organization, a supporter of the health care law, issued a
statement asking that its own requests for changes be given the
same consideration the White House has extended to employers.

Jun 26, 2013

Can Paul Ryan sell immigration reform to conservatives?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan, the Republican congressman and former vice-presidential candidate best known for his war on spending, is emerging as his party’s leading champion of immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.

With Senate passage of a sweeping immigration bill imminent, Ryan has been meeting with House conservatives to persuade them that reform of the immigration system, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, is an economic necessity and critical to fixing the nation’s fiscal problems.

Jun 25, 2013

In shift, Republican Senator Rubio now fully embraces U.S. immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio, shifting his tone on the U.S. immigration bill he helped to write, said on Tuesday he is now fully satisfied that the measure will do what it takes to secure the southern border with Mexico.

Rubio, a potential presidential contender and the most high-profile Republican backer of immigration reform, had irked supporters of the sweeping Senate immigration bill with public comments in which he consistently said the legislation was not tough enough on border enforcement.

Jun 19, 2013

Business, labor groups urge Senate to pass immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seeking to boost momentum for a broad immigration bill, the country’s top manufacturing association and one of the largest labor unions joined forces on Wednesday to push Congress to pass the legislation.

In a letter to the Senate, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Service Employees International Union endorsed the bill that would give legal status to some 11 million undocumented immigrants and establish new guest worker programs for both high- and low-skilled foreign workers.

Jun 17, 2013

Republican senators seek border compromise for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small group of Republican senators worked Monday on a possible border security compromise that would make a sweeping immigration bill more acceptable to some otherwise reluctant conservatives.

The proposal is aimed at a satisfying calls by Republicans for further steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the legislation currently being debated in the U.S. Senate that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.

Jun 17, 2013

Republican senators mull border compromise for U.S. immigration bill

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – A small group of Republican
senators worked Monday on a possible border security compromise
that would make a sweeping immigration bill more acceptable to
some otherwise reluctant conservatives.

The proposal is aimed at a satisfying calls by Republicans
for further steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as part of
the legislation currently being debated in the U.S. Senate that
would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants
already in the United States.

Jun 13, 2013

Cuban-American Democrat is Rubio counterweight on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the Senate debates the most far reaching immigration bill in a generation, all eyes are on Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio, wondering if he might walk away from it.

There are concerns that the rising political star from Florida, crucial to attracting Republican support for the legislation, may decide it doesn’t do enough to bolster security on the U.S.-Mexico border – a priority for conservatives.

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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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