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Mar 29, 2012

U.S. Congress passes stopgap transport funding bill

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress averted a
weekend shutdown of thousands of transportation construction
projects on Thursday by passing a stopgap funding bill that buys
time for House Speaker John Boehner to resolve Republican
differences over long-term financing.

The Senate approved by voice vote a measure passed earlier
in the day by the House of Representatives that gives a 90-day
funding extension for road, bridge and rail construction
projects. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who is
expected to sign it.

Mar 27, 2012

Democratic lawmakers blast police in U.S. teen killing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted police handling of a racially charged case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida, accusing local law enforcement officials of botching the investigation.

The lawmakers, speaking at a congressional forum attended by the parents of the slain teenager, called for the immediate arrest of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in what he said was self-defense.

Mar 20, 2012

Q+A-U.S. healthcare: What would Republicans do?

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court
prepares to hear legal challenges to President Barack Obama’s
healthcare overhaul next week, Republican lawmakers are weighing
options for repealing the law or even replacing it with a plan
of their own.

In fighting the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act that will extend health coverage to millions more Americans,
Republicans have not offered a definitive alternative.

Mar 16, 2012

Republicans’ revised Medicare plan seen as tough sell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a new Internet video previewing his upcoming budget plan that aims to slash spending and overhaul the Medicare healthcare program for the elderly, Republican lawmaker Paul Ryan warns of a coming debt crisis if U.S. lawmakers fail to act.

It is part of the latest effort by Ryan, the influential chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, to project bold ideas for reining in huge budget deficits.

Mar 14, 2012

“Tax” dodge boomerangs on Obama in healthcare case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – To be or not to be a tax?

That is the question in this month’s U.S. Supreme Court case testing the validity of President Barack Obama’s controversial healthcare system overhaul.

At issue is the money that Americans will have to pay starting in 2014 to the Internal Revenue Service if they fail to obtain medical insurance.

Mar 9, 2012

U.S. House GOP look to reshape birth control debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republican leaders are looking for a way to reshape the debate over the administration’s new rule on birth-control insurance coverage before moving ahead with a bid to nullify the requirement.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who has introduced legislation on the issue, acknowledged hesitation by some fellow Republicans to take on the incendiary issue. But he said a delay could give Republicans time to recast the issue as a question of religious freedom rather than women’s rights.

Mar 8, 2012

House Republicans look to reshape birth control debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republican leaders are looking for a way to reshape the debate over the administration’s new rule on birth-control insurance coverage before moving ahead with a bid to nullify the requirement.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who has introduced legislation on the issue, acknowledged hesitation by some fellow Republicans to take on the incendiary issue. But he said a delay could give Republicans time to recast the issue as a question of religious freedom rather than women’s rights.

Feb 29, 2012

Republican Snowe walks away from ‘partisan’ U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, one of the few remaining Republican moderates in Congress, stunned both parties on Tuesday by announcing she will not seek re-election for a fourth six-year term in November, complaining of partisan gridlock.

The Maine senator’s decision was all the more surprising because of her strong re-election prospects. It complicates the Republican effort to wrest control of the Senate from President Barack Obama’s Democrats in November elections.

Feb 29, 2012

Republican Snowe to leave “partisan” Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe, one of the few remaining Republican moderates in Congress, stunned both parties on Tuesday by announcing she will not seek re-election for a fourth six-year term in November, complaining of partisan gridlock.

Her surprise decision complicates Republican efforts to win control of the Senate from President Barack Obama’s Democrats in the November congressional elections.

Feb 29, 2012

Republican Snowe bows out of ‘partisan’ Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe, one of the few remaining Republican moderates in Congress, stunned both parties on Tuesday by announcing she will not seek re-election for a fourth six-year term in November, citing partisan gridlock.

Her surprise decision complicates Republican efforts to win control of the Senate from President Barack Obama’s Democrats in the November congressional elections.

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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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