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Sep 11, 2013

House Republicans delay vote on spending, Obamacare after split

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican plan to let conservatives cast a vote against “Obamacare” without risking a government shutdown ran into a wall of opposition from the party’s right wing on Wednesday, and leaders delayed any votes on it until at least next week.

The move in the House of Representatives is the latest indication a Republican right wing revolt will complicate Congress’ efforts to deal with looming fiscal deadlines over government spending and the debt limit.

Sep 10, 2013

Threat of U.S. Syria attack eases as crisis moves to U.N.

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syria accepted a Russian proposal on Tuesday to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from U.S. military strikes, and major western powers began working on a United Nations resolution to create a timetable and process for ensuring it happens.

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki accepted the Russian proposal “to spare Syrian blood,” state television reported.

Sep 10, 2013

U.S. Senate may not vote on Syria this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate may not vote this week on the authorization for the use of military force in Syria, congressional aides said on Tuesday after Syria’s recent acceptance of a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons.

Congressional leaders also want to wait to assess the American public’s response to President Barack Obama’s address on Syria on Tuesday night, several aides said.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama plans ‘full-court press’ to sway Congress on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week, stepping up his campaign to convince a deeply skeptical Congress to back strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Obama’s address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday will be part of a rejuvenated lobbying effort on Syria as Congress returns to Washington next week. A Democratic congressional aide said the administration is planning “a full-court press” aimed at undecided lawmakers.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama’s plan on Syria hinges on undecided U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fate of a congressional resolution to authorize President Barack Obama’s planned military strikes on Syria hinged on Thursday on scores of undecided U.S. lawmakers, with party loyalty appearing increasingly irrelevant.

Even after congressional hearings featuring Obama’s secretaries of state and defense, a half dozen closed-door briefings and phone calls from Obama himself, it was too close to call on whether Congress will authorize military force.

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. Congress fight over Syria pits establishment versus upstarts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, which votes largely along party lines on most issues, is displaying a different kind of split in the debate over Syria: Experienced lawmakers who support President Barack Obama’s plans for military action are lining up against more skeptical and rebellious newcomers mostly from the ideological edges of both parties.

A similar pattern emerged earlier this year on a proposal to limit surveillance by the National Security Agency, which failed in the U.S. House of Representatives but attracted significant support both from Tea Party members and libertarians and Democratic liberals.

Sep 4, 2013

Analysis: U.S. Congress fight over Syria pits establishment versus upstarts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, which votes largely along party lines on most issues, is displaying a different kind of split in the debate over Syria: Experienced lawmakers who support President Barack Obama’s plans for military action are lining up against more skeptical and rebellious newcomers mostly from the ideological edges of both parties.

A similar pattern emerged earlier this year on a proposal to limit surveillance by the National Security Agency, which failed in the U.S. House of Representatives but attracted significant support both from Tea Party members and libertarians and Democratic liberals.

Sep 2, 2013

Obama lobbies personally for Syria vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry lobby their former congressional colleagues, Obama is making individual calls himself to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to press his case for action.

Sep 2, 2013

Analysis: Obama lobbies personally for Syria vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry lobby their former congressional colleagues, Obama is making individual calls himself to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to press his case for action.

Aug 19, 2013

U.S. lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ tab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland – trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling.

Critics of such trips say it is unseemly for members of the House and Senate to take trips bankrolled by people and organizations with specific legislative desires.

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