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Jan 7, 2015

Boehner survives conservative challenge, re-elected U.S. House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress.

Boehner received 216 of 408 votes cast in a tense vote, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama’s immigration and healthcare policies.

Jan 6, 2015

Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Republican senators kicked off
the new U.S. Congress with legislation to approve the hotly
disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the White House promptly
threatened a veto.

With Republicans assuming full control of Congress on
Tuesday after their victories in the November election, they
have put Keystone at the center of their legislative agenda and
plan weeks of debate.

Jan 6, 2015

Boehner seen surviving as Republican reign begins in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner is expected to fend off a challenge from some conservative Republicans on Tuesday as the party takes full control of Congress aiming to roll back President Barack Obama’s immigration, energy and health care policies.

A group of about a dozen of the most conservative Republicans have pledged not to support Boehner for a third term as speaker, arguing that he has failed to fight hard enough against Obama’s immigration and health care policies and has failed to cut spending enough.

Jan 6, 2015

Republicans push Keystone XL bill with plan to skirt any veto

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican senators this week made good on a campaign promise and kicked off the new Congress with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying if President Barack Obama vetoes it, they have a plan to pass the measure later in the year.

Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday to approve TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) project that would transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of mostly Canadian heavy oil to Nebraska en route to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Jan 5, 2015

Boehner faces conservative opposition in speaker vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner is expected to be re-elected as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, but a vocal and growing pocket of conservative opposition could hamper his ability to pass difficult legislation this year.

Representative Steve King of Iowa and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana on Monday became the latest prominent conservatives to announce they would vote against Boehner for a third term as speaker.

Dec 23, 2014

Exclusive – U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama’s plans to normalise relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy.

Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and the president, a Democrat, had discussed possible major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not focus on the country’s biggest corporations alone, but also include help for small businesses.

Dec 23, 2014

Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy.

Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and the president, a Democrat, had discussed possible major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not focus on the country’s biggest corporations alone, but also include help for small businesses.

Dec 16, 2014

Firebrand Senator Ted Cruz apologizes for U.S. spending bill ruckus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Party firebrand who nearly provoked the second government shutdown in a little over a year, on Tuesday apologized to his fellow Republicans for a strategy that backfired.

A Cruz spokeswoman said the senator apologized to colleagues “for inconveniencing their personal schedules” over the weekend. Cruz still believes, the spokeswoman said, that fighting to stop President Barack Obama’s new program easing deportations for millions of illegal immigrants “was critically important.”

Dec 14, 2014

In U.S. spending bill, a tall tale for fishermen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fine print of a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill before the United States Congress includes a passage considered a “high priority” by lawmakers that could resolve a burning issue among the country’s 40 million anglers: does the federal government need to regulate fishing tackle?

The unexpected provision buried in the 1,603-page bill tracks back – as so much legislation does in Washington – to an influential lobbying group, the National Rifle Association.

Dec 14, 2014

Senate moves toward vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat of a government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said procedural and final votes on the measure could come in the next few hours.

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