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Feb 10, 2013

Obama to lay out economic growth plan in State of Union speech

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
describe his plan for spurring the economy in his State of the
Union address on Tuesday, offering proposals for investments in
infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education, a
senior administration official said on Saturday.

In the annual presidential address to Congress, Obama plans
to show he has not lost sight of the economic woes of
middle-class Americans – issues that dominated the 2012 election
campaign but have been overshadowed recently by efforts to cut
the deficit, overhaul immigration laws and curb gun violence.

Feb 8, 2013

White House warns of damaging “sequestration” spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that government spending cuts due to take effect March 1 would have harsh consequences on ordinary Americans and the economy, seeking to turn up pressure on Congress to come up with a plan to avoid what Washington calls “sequestration.”

In its strongest warnings yet, the White House gave examples of that it said program cuts would mean: – 1,000 fewer FBI officers, mass layoffs of government meat and food inspectors, and aid benefits slashed for hundreds of thousands of low-income women and children.

Feb 5, 2013

Obama urged to reject tying immigration reform to border security

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Immigration reform advocates
urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to reject congressional
proposals that would delay a path to citizenship for
undocumented immigrants by making changes contingent on
stepped-up border security.

After meeting Obama at the White House, the activists said
they had pressed the Democratic president to ensure that reforms
provide an unambiguous route to citizenship for the estimated 11
million people in the United States illegally.

Feb 5, 2013

Groups ask Obama to reject tying immigration reforms to security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Immigration reform advocates urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to reject Republican congressional proposals that would delay a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by making changes contingent on stepped-up border security.

After meeting Obama at the White House, the activists told reporters they had pressed the president to ensure reforms provide an unambiguous route to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally.

Feb 5, 2013

Obama proposes short-term budget fix, Republicans swiftly object

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to pass a small package of spending cuts and tax reforms to delay larger, automatic cuts from going into effect and damaging the economy on March 1.

His proposal was quickly rebuffed by Republican leaders, who rejected the suggestion of tax increases after agreeing to raise rates for top U.S. earners earlier this year.

Feb 5, 2013

Obama proposes short-term budget fix to delay spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday that Congress pass a small package of spending cuts and tax reforms to delay larger, automatic cuts from going into effect and give Washington more time to agree on a broader budget deal.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner largely rejected Obama’s proposal in advance.

Feb 4, 2013

Obama says assault weapons ban deserves a vote In Congress

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Monday to at least hold a vote on banning assault weapons, the most contentious part of his plan to curb gun violence in the United States.

Obama’s comments suggested a realization in the White House that it will be difficult to get such a ban passed by lawmakers, despite consistent public support for the measure.

Feb 4, 2013

Obama takes guns rules campaign to Midwest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday takes his gun control campaign to Minneapolis, where efforts have helped curtail violence in a state that is also home to an active hunting culture.

“Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed,” a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Jan 30, 2013

White House blames Republican “brinkmanship” for GDP contraction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday blamed the surprising contraction of the economy at the end of last year at least partly on Republican “political brinkmanship” for threatening to let defense cuts take effect.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said similar threats over a looming March 1 deadline when defense and other cuts take effect absent a broader budget deal could similarly hurt the U.S. economy and taxpayers.

Jan 26, 2013

In Virginia, Biden pitches White House’s gun-control plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden took the Obama administration’s case for gun control to the gun-friendly state of Virginia on Friday, part of a White House strategy to urge the public to pressure Congress into passing laws aimed at curbing firearms violence.

“We’re going to continue to go around the country,” Biden said after a roundtable talk with officials and experts on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “We’re going to be doing a lot of more of this, and with the help of our colleagues in the House (of Representatives) and the Senate we’re going to get something done.”

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      "Mark Felsenthal is a Reuters White House correspondent who covered Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 and the fiscal crisis that immediately followed. Since joining Reuters in 2001, he has written about monetary policy, currency wars, and the housing market meltdown."
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