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Jul 16, 2013

Senators scramble to cut deal on nominees, avoid showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators scrambled on Tuesday to cut a deal to confirm seven of President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees and end a Democratic threat to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with procedural roadblocks known as filibusters.

“We are making progress,” said Republican Senator Bob Corker, one of a number of lawmakers involved in bipartisan talks over nominations that intensified in recent days.

Jul 15, 2013

Reid warns of using Senate ‘nuclear option’ on filibusters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans on Monday that if they do not permit seven of President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees to be confirmed, he would move to strip Republicans of their power to stop such nominations with procedural hurdles known as filibusters.

Republican Senator John McCain said he and about 10 other lawmakers were trying to reach a bipartisan compromise, but it was unclear if they could get one before the Senate was set to begin voting on the nominees on Tuesday.

Jun 28, 2013

House Republicans mull ways to advance immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for congressional passage of a U.S. immigration overhaul looked bleak on Friday, but some House Republicans signaled they would offer a way for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country to get legal status that could be portrayed as something other than a pathway to citizenship.

The Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan immigration bill backed by President Barack Obama, but leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are not expected to take action on the measure.

Jun 28, 2013

Senate passes sweeping immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32, with 14 of the Senate’s 46 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents in support of the bill.

Jun 27, 2013

Factbox: Scenarios for immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The debate over how best to fix U.S. immigration laws has been raging for months in Washington after President Barack Obama made the issue a 2013 legislative priority.

Prospects of a bill being enacted this year also got a boost when Republican Party leaders looked at the results of last November’s elections and saw that their failed presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, won less than 30 percent of the Hispanic-American vote.

Jun 27, 2013

Senate poised to pass sweeping immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate neared passage on Thursday of a landmark bill overhauling the nation’s immigration laws amid bipartisan support for a plan to put 11 million people living illegally in the United States on a pathway to citizenship.

But the bill may not progress beyond the Senate. The measure was in serious trouble in the more conservative House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner has said it will not even be considered in its current form.

Jun 26, 2013

Senate backs border amendment to immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About $46 billion in border security was added on Wednesday to a comprehensive immigration bill headed toward bipartisan passage in the U.S. Senate, but Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced strong opposition.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to approve the White House-backed bill on Thursday or Friday and send it to the House, which likely will not even bring it up for a vote, largely because of resistance to a proposed pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Jun 25, 2013

Obama, Democrats vow to act on voter rights after ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress on Tuesday promised to act swiftly to restore protections for the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities after the Supreme Court struck down a core provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

It was unclear whether Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, would provide the support needed for any legislative effort to offset the high-court ruling, which was denounced by critics as a setback for civil rights.

Jun 21, 2013

Senate sets Monday vote in key test for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark immigration bill appears headed toward passage next week in the U.S. Senate, where a test vote is set for Monday on a border-security deal designed to bolster Republican support.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to pass the White House-backed bill and send it to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it faces more resistance, especially over a provision that would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Jun 20, 2013

Senate immigration deal would double number of U.S. border agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A flood of new federal agents and high-tech surveillance devices would be dispatched to the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico under a deal aimed at winning passage of an immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, congressional sources said on Thursday.

The proposal, which could be formally offered as an amendment to the sprawling immigration bill as early as Thursday, would double the overall number of U.S. border patrol agents, according to senior Senate Democratic aides.

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