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Dec 18, 2010

“Dream Act” immigration bill blocked in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A controversial measure providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children was dealt a death blow in the U.S. Senate on Saturday by Republicans who said it would reward illegal activity.

The so-called “Dream Act” passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, but it failed to gain the 60 votes necessary to overcome opposition in the 100-member Senate.

Dec 18, 2010

‘Dream Act’ immigration bill blocked in US Senate

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A controversial measure
providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who
came to the United States as children was dealt a death blow in
the U.S. Senate on Saturday by Republicans who said it would
reward illegal activity.

The so-called “Dream Act” passed the U.S. House of
Representatives earlier this month, but it failed to gain the
60 votes necessary to overcome opposition in the 100-member
Senate.

Dec 18, 2010

Repeal of military ban on gays advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress was expected to approve an end to the ban against gays serving openly in the U.S. military on Saturday after the White House-backed repeal cleared a major hurdle set by Senate Republicans.

A final vote on the measure was set for later in the day after the Senate voted 63-33, well more than the 60 needed in the 100-member chamber, to limit debate on the bill to lift the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy. Six Republicans joined the Senate Democratic majority to support repeal.

Dec 18, 2010

Senate moves ahead on repeal of military ban on gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House-backed bid to end the ban against gays serving openly in the military cleared an important Senate Republican hurdle on Saturday, advancing a major step toward becoming law.

Supporters mustered more than the needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate, 63-33, to limit debate on the legislation to lift the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy. Six Republicans joined the Senate Democratic majority to support repeal.

Dec 16, 2010

US House wrangles over Obama tax cut bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Democrats demanding a chance to blast the tax cut deal President
Barack Obama struck with Republicans delayed a vote on the
massive tax measure on Thursday, but House leaders said they
still expected to pass the bill.

Many Democrats derided as a giveaway to the wealthy the deal
to extend across-the-board tax cuts. The $858 billion measure is
seen as a likely boost to the economy, but would pile onto a
federal debt that some fear is nearing dangerous levels.

Dec 16, 2010

Obama’s $858 billion tax-cut plan heads to the House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deal that President Barack Obama struck with Republicans to extend tax cuts for nearly every working American and spur job growth moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for passage as early as Thursday.

Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats in that chamber strongly oppose the measure as favoring the wealthy, and are still angry with him for cutting the deal with Republicans without them.

Dec 15, 2010
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A Senate Christmas tale

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(UPDATES with new Reid comments).

Christmas bells are ringing. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t seem to be listening. Much to the chagrin of staffers and more than a few senators, Reid is threatening to keep the Senate in session until Christmas Eve and beyond to finish all the legislative work that Congress failed to complete before the November elections.

That amounts to just about a whole year’s worth of lawmaking. Congress never got around to passing any of the 12 spending bills that fund the government. So the Senate is expected to take up a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending billĀ after senators voted to extend Bush-era tax cuts by two years and extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for a year.

Dec 9, 2010

Democrats defy Obama, tell him to rethink taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the House of Representatives defied President Barack Obama on Thursday, rejecting a tax deal he struck with Republicans and complicating efforts to extend tax breaks that run out in three weeks.

House Democrats voted at a meeting in Congress against his proposal and called for changes to provisions that they say are too generous for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

Dec 7, 2010

Americans strongly oppose proposed gas tax hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans by a wide margin oppose a proposal to raise the U.S. gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help cut U.S. budget deficits and support cutting the federal work force, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The poll revealed mixed views on some of the recommendations made last week by President Barack Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission. The commission put forward a number of tax and spending recommendations to cut $4 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years.

Dec 6, 2010

Lawmakers optimistic about deal on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior lawmakers said on Sunday they were optimistic about striking a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all taxpayers and continue emergency jobless aid for millions of long-term unemployed Americans.

President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders want to extend the cuts only for low- and middle-income Americans, arguing that the tax breaks for the wealthy would add $700 billion to budget deficits over the next 10 years.

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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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