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Mar 4, 2015

U.S. lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON, March 4(Reuters) – War rooms of lawmakers and
their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to
influence the Supreme Court’s nine justices who will hear
arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama’s
landmark healthcare law.

These informal working groups, staffed by Republican and
Democratic members of Congress, have gone into high gear in
recent days.

Mar 4, 2015

House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disorder.

The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress.

Mar 3, 2015

U.S. House to vote on security bill without immigration provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner cleared the way for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who wanted to include language blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

If successful, the vote would end a legislative standoff that began late last year over security funding and Obama’s immigration actions, which have been put on hold by the courts.

Mar 1, 2015

Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain – fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner’s lack of control over them.

That may portend more serious trouble ahead as Washington confronts fiscal challenges on a grander scale. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass spending bills to keep the government running in the new fiscal year.

Feb 28, 2015

House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

With just hours left before spending authority expires for the Department of Homeland Security, a three-week spending bill was rejected in the House by a 224-203 vote that left lawmakers few options ahead of the deadline.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. Congress pursues stopgap funding to avert security agency shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Friday appeared to be headed toward approving a three-week-long stopgap funding bill for the domestic security agency that postpones the threat of a partial shutdown, but moves lawmakers no closer to a permanent solution.

With only hours remaining before Department of Homeland Security funding expires at midnight, the House of Representatives was pursuing a short-term funding extension. It would give Republicans more time to agree on a way to keep the agency open over the long term, while still fighting Democratic President Barack Obama over his immigration order lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents.

Feb 27, 2015

Congress scrambles for security funding plan as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders scrambled on Thursday to figure out how to avert a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, with some Republican lawmakers suggesting a stop-gap funding bill to buy time.

As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, the Senate was trying to move toward passing a “clean” funding bill that would exclude contentious immigration restrictions.

Feb 26, 2015

Senate nears security funding vote, Boehner mum on House plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the clock ticking toward a midnight Friday deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate is moving toward passing a funding bill but the House of Representatives leader offered no hints of following suit.

The Republican-dominated House has passed a $39.7 billion bill to pay for Department of Homeland Security operations, but that measure blocks funding for Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order last year lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Feb 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill
approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the
long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

The Senate received Obama’s veto message and Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing the
Republican-led chamber would attempt to overturn the veto by
March 3.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. delays Obama’s immigration steps after judge’s rebuke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers.

In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress.

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