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Jan 19, 2011

US House backs repeal of Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S.
House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal
President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law on
Wednesday in a mostly symbolic move likely to be scuttled in
the Senate.

The House voted 245-189 to approve the Republican bill that
would scrap the law, which was passed by Congress last year
after a bitter debate and signed by Obama when his fellow
Democrats still controlled both the House and Senate.

Jan 19, 2011

US House poised to vote on healthcare law repeal

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S.
House of Representatives was set to vote on repeal of President
Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law on Wednesday in a mostly
symbolic move that is likely to be scuttled in the Senate.

Republican leaders said they were committed to try to scrap
the law — signed by Obama last year after a bitter battle in
Congress — to honor a campaign pledge that helped them win
control of the House and gain seats in the Senate in elections
last November.

Jan 18, 2011

House tones down healthcare debate after shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives, back to work after the attempted assassination of one of its members, on Tuesday staged a toned-down debate on a bill to repeal President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the U.S. healthcare industry.

“In the wake of the recent tragedy in Tucson, we come together in a renewed commitment to civility,” said Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Jan 13, 2011

House set to vote on healthcare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will resume action next week on repealing President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul, a House Republican spokesman said on Thursday.

The House had been expected to act this week on the repeal bill, but the vote was postponed after a shooting spree in Arizona killed six people and critically wounded U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Jan 4, 2011

Republicans seek to bleed Obama’s health reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The stage is set for a battle early this year over funding of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul as Republicans try to make good on a campaign promise to roll back one of the administration’s main policy victories.

Republicans in the House of Representatives will likely approve scrapping healthcare reform at a vote on January 12 but a repeal will probably not succeed since Democrats continue to control the Senate and can block the move.

Dec 22, 2010

Health bill for 9/11 responders clears Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to provide medical care for firefighters and other responders to the September 11, 2001 attacks passed the Congress on Wednesday after backers struck a deal to end a Senate Republican blockade of the measure.

The so-called James Zadroga 9/11 health bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 206-60 after it cleared the U.S. Senate by voice vote.

Dec 22, 2010

Leading edge of baby boomers content: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite the economic turmoil of the last few years, the leading edge of baby boomers turning 65 next year are content with their lives and many want to continue working for as long as they can, a survey released on Wednesday found.

While many boomers turning 65 next year have concerns about financial security and health, the survey found 82 percent are optimistic about the next five years, according to a survey released by the AARP, an influential advocacy group for older Americans.

Dec 22, 2010

Leading edge of U.S. baby boomers content-survey

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Despite the economic turmoil
of the last few years, the leading edge of baby boomers turning
65 next year are content with their lives and many want to
continue working for as long as they can, a survey released on
Wednesday found.

While many boomers turning 65 next year have concerns about
financial security and health, the survey found 82 percent are
optimistic about the next five years, according to a survey
released by the AARP, an influential advocacy group for older
Americans.

Dec 19, 2010

Congress repeals ban against gays in military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress on Saturday repealed the ban against gays serving openly in the military, a major victory for President Barack Obama who had promised to end what his liberal supporters said was an outdated and discriminatory policy.

Obama intends to sign it into law next week, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who had pushed for the change, warned gay men and women serving in the military that the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will remain in effect for some time while the new rules are put in place.

Dec 18, 2010

Congress votes to end ban on gays in military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress on Saturday voted to repeal the ban against gays serving openly in the military and sent the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The Senate voted 65-31 to end 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy just after breaking through a Republican procedural roadblock which had held up the White House-backed legislation. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this week as lawmakers pushed to complete their work before the new Congress is seated in January.

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      "Washington congressional correspondent specializing in economics, taxes and budget issues. Covered the healthcare reform legislation and President George W. Bush's push to overhaul Social Security. Also covered the savings and loan crisis and spent time covering the White House during President Bill Clinton's administration. Covered trade and Federal Reserve policy as well."
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