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Dec 12, 2014

U.S. House narrowly passes spending bill, averts gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

The vote followed a long day of drama and discord on Capitol Hill that highlighted fraying Democratic unity and featured an uneasy alliance between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, enemies in past budget battles but on the same side this time in pushing for passage.

Dec 11, 2014

Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration made
a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support
to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours
ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline.

Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to
staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in
the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections
to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of
the government through September.

Dec 10, 2014

Shutdown wary U.S. Republicans likely to OK funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday fell in line behind a $1.1 trillion bill that would remove the threat of an imminent government shutdown while setting up new fights for early next year over President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.

House Speaker John Boehner huddled early in the day with his often rambunctious rank-and-file Republicans and heard little opposition to the massive spending bill that was negotiated with congressional Democrats, according to lawmakers at the meeting.

Dec 5, 2014

Exclusive: Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with
President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of
undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening
the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House
Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House
of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S.
immigration law.

Dec 4, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. conservatives stand firm against funding for immigration order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans on Wednesday resisted a plan to avert a budget fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration order, raising the likelihood that the spending struggle in Congress could last right up to the Dec. 11 deadline for a government shutdown.

Tea Party lawmakers stood firm against House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to pass a spending bill keeping most of the government running through September 2015 and postponing the battle over immigration until early next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate and expand their House majority.

Dec 3, 2014

Iowa firebrand is face of Republican fight on U.S. immigration order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prominently featured on Representative Steve King’s congressional website are what he calls “illegal immigration stories” that tell of undocumented people, mainly Hispanics, wreaking havoc in America: killing, robbing, kidnapping, trafficking in sex and drugs.

As the face of the opposition to comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, King has long used fiery rhetoric to argue for deporting all 12 million undocumented residents and fortifying U.S. borders.

Dec 2, 2014

Boehner proposes long-term spending bill to avoid shutdown fight: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration action.

At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how to handle a must-pass government spending bill, Boehner proposed including a short-term extension for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that will implement Obama’s immigration order, a House Republican aide said.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama seeks to build Congress support for immigration changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Republican leader warned President Barack Obama on Thursday that he will have a fight on his hands if he goes ahead with a sweeping program to ease the threat of deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Obama, in a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET, is set to lay out plans for using his executive authority in ways that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented people to come out of the shadows and into American society.

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