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Dec 16, 2014

Firebrand Senator Ted Cruz apologizes for U.S. spending bill ruckus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Party firebrand who nearly provoked the second government shutdown in a little over a year, on Tuesday apologized to his fellow Republicans for a strategy that backfired.

A Cruz spokeswoman said the senator apologized to colleagues “for inconveniencing their personal schedules” over the weekend. Cruz still believes, the spokeswoman said, that fighting to stop President Barack Obama’s new program easing deportations for millions of illegal immigrants “was critically important.”

Dec 14, 2014

In U.S. spending bill, a tall tale for fishermen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fine print of a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill before the United States Congress includes a passage considered a “high priority” by lawmakers that could resolve a burning issue among the country’s 40 million anglers: does the federal government need to regulate fishing tackle?

The unexpected provision buried in the 1,603-page bill tracks back – as so much legislation does in Washington – to an influential lobbying group, the National Rifle Association.

Dec 14, 2014

Senate moves toward vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat of a government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said procedural and final votes on the measure could come in the next few hours.

Dec 13, 2014

Senate passes shutdown reprieve, funding fight drags on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz.

It was the second time in a little over a year that Cruz, the Texas Republican freshman with presidential aspirations, has attempted to stop a key Obama administration initiative by denying government funds. In this case, Cruz was targeting Obama’s executive order that offered millions of undocumented immigrants relief from the threat of deportation.

Dec 13, 2014

U.S. Congress limping to end of raucous post-election session

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, hobbled
all year by partisan infighting, was struggling to pass basic
measures such as funding the government and extending popular
tax breaks.

With its back up against a midnight Saturday deadline for
paying for government programs for the next nine months,
lawmakers held a rare weekend session to try to advance the
must-do measures.

Dec 13, 2014

U.S. Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trln spending bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Friday
struggled to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert
a looming federal government shutdown, postponing a vote until
Monday when procedural hurdles begin to evaporate.

Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to speed the
process along collapsed during late-night talks in the nearly
abandoned U.S. Capitol.

Dec 13, 2014

U.S. spending bill likely to pass Senate, may take a few days

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate looked set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill but it might need a few days to overcome procedural hurdles before voting on legislation that averts a government shutdown and ends jitters over major budget standoffs until next fall.

After the House of Representatives narrowly approved the bill late on Thursday following a battle that exposed fraying unity in President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid hoped the bill would pass on Friday to spare Americans the drama of yet another budget crisis.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. Senate leader Reid hopes for budget approval Friday

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate looked set to
pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill in time for a Saturday night
deadline, following a narrow House of Representatives vote that
averted a government shutdown.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he hoped the bill
would pass on Friday to spare Americans the drama of yet another
budget crisis. While there could be some opposition to the
measure from both the left flank of the Democrats and some
Republicans, it appeared it would garner the 60 votes needed in
the 100-seat Senate to overcome any procedural blocks.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. Senate appears set to pass spending bill, timing uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate looked set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill in time for a Saturday night deadline, following a narrow House of Representatives vote that averted a government shutdown.

The House passed the bill late on Thursday despite a revolt by Democrats against controversial financial provisions that led to a day of drama on Capitol Hill and exposed fraying unity between President Barack Obama and his party.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion (£699.7 billion) spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

The vote followed a long day of drama and discord on Capitol Hill that highlighted fraying Democratic unity and featured an uneasy alliance between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, enemies in past budget battles but on the same side this time in pushing for passage.

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