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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.

Aug 9, 2013

Obama accuses Republicans of ‘fixation’ against healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday launched an aggressive defense of his landmark healthcare law, attacking Republicans for seeking its repeal without offering a substitute for the millions of Americans who would be left uninsured.

With enrollment set to begin on October 1 for individuals who want to receive health insurance under the 2010 law, Obama used a White House press conference to counter a massive Republican campaign to discredit and destroy the new program, including a threat by some Congressional Republicans to insist on repeal as a condition of funding the government.

Aug 3, 2013

Focus shifts to Obama if Congress axes immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If immigration reform sputters in the deeply divided U.S. Congress, supporters are planning to push President Barack Obama to act on his own to help 11 million illegal residents, lawmakers and immigration advocates said.

Immigration law experts, some senators and House Democratic aides speculated that if Congress cannot agree on a wide-ranging immigration bill this year, Obama could use his executive authority to stop deporting parents of children living in the United States illegally.

Jul 31, 2013

House Republicans leery of ‘Obamacare’ defunding idea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Tea Party-inspired plan to kill President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by forcing a government shutdown unless funds to implement the law are denied has not gained traction among senior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

“I think leadership is giving other options that they think are more effective,” said Republican Representative Pat Tiberi, a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner.

Jul 30, 2013

Senate Republicans feud over defunding ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A nasty, name-calling spat between Tea Party conservatives and older, more moderate Republican senators is playing out in public this week, fueling a battle over the best way to kill President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

Senators usually reserve for private conversations words such as “silly”, “dumb,” “dishonest” and “feckless” when referring to ideas being floated by members of their own political party.

Jul 23, 2013

House Republicans mull citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday will consider granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, marking their first step toward dealing with the millions of undocumented foreigners living in the United States.

Under pressure from members of their own party, religious groups and Hispanics, House Republican leaders are bucking their traditional position of opposing citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Jul 18, 2013

U.S. Congress aides warned of email security breach

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – Congressional aides in the
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said on Thursday that
they were notified of a potential security risk involving email
and other accounts.

“There have been reports online of Senate and House email
accounts being exposed and hacked,” said an email warning sent
to all Senate staff.

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