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Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass Congress by the end of this week despite some members’ reservations.

House Republican leaders unveiled the authorization on Monday as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill Congress must pass this month, after Obama asked lawmakers to approve the training as part of his broader plan to stop the Sunni Islamists who have taken over swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama asks Congress to approve aid to rebels in fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to authorize aid for rebel groups fighting in Syria, a move that would put lawmakers on record backing his strategy to defeat Islamic State militants.

The request by the president came on the eve of a speech laying out his plan for the United States to lead a broad coalition against the militants who have taken large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Sep 10, 2014

Bill to fund U.S. government ensnared in debate about Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has
asked the U.S. Congress to authorize American aid for rebel
groups fighting the Islamic State militants in Syria as part of
a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a U.S. government
shutdown on Oct. 1, the start of a new fiscal year.

Obama’s request has slowed action on the emergency spending
bill, delaying a vote in the House of Representatives that had
been planned for Thursday.

Sep 9, 2014

Though facing deportation by U.S., kids learn to ‘pledge allegiance’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants to promptly send them home to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, but until they are shipped out children caught entering the United States illegally are getting an old-fashioned dose of American patriotism.

A group of U.S. senators who recently visited hundreds of the detained children in Texas, not far from the U.S. border with Mexico, watched Spanish-speaking kids having the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the “Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem, drilled into them in a government-run classroom.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants -report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government tax collections would get a multi-billion-dollar boost if President Barack Obama issued an executive order giving temporary legal status to millions of undocumented residents, the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress said in a report on Thursday.

The group, which has close ties to the Obama administration, estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years under one scenario available to Obama, who has made immigration reform a priority of his second term.

Aug 27, 2014

Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama’s immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown.

When lawmakers return from their summer recess on Sept. 8, they hope to sprint to another long break beginning around Sept. 19. That gives them little time to agree on temporarily funding federal agencies on Oct. 1, the start of a new fiscal year.

Aug 22, 2014

Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State – Senate aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants’ beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq.

A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request.

Aug 22, 2014

Obama could seek new funds to battle Islamic State: Senate aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants’ beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq.

A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request.

Aug 2, 2014

U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill.

The 223-189 vote came one day after conservative Republicans balked at an earlier version of the measure, exposing a deep rift between Tea Party activists and more mainstream Republicans.

Aug 1, 2014

Obama impeachment talk buoys Democrats in immigration showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Few people in Washington believe Republicans will try to impeach President Barack Obama. Yet the notion that they might try has put Obama’s opponents on the defensive just as the president prepares to loosen immigration rules in a way they say violates his constitutional powers.

Recent statements from conservatives like Iowa Representative Steve King and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin that Obama should be impeached are allowing Democrats to portray Republicans as irrational, adding a toxic mix to the immigration debate in an election year.

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