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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.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. House narrowly passes spending bill, averts gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion 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.

Dec 11, 2014

Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration made
a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support
to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours
ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline.

Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to
staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in
the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections
to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of
the government through September.

Dec 10, 2014

Shutdown wary U.S. Republicans likely to OK funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday fell in line behind a $1.1 trillion bill that would remove the threat of an imminent government shutdown while setting up new fights for early next year over President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.

House Speaker John Boehner huddled early in the day with his often rambunctious rank-and-file Republicans and heard little opposition to the massive spending bill that was negotiated with congressional Democrats, according to lawmakers at the meeting.

Dec 5, 2014

Exclusive: Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

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