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Apr 25, 2013

U.S. Senate weighs move to stop airline flight delays -aide

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders are
looking at ways to alleviate widespread airline flight delays -
brought about by last month’s automatic federal spending cuts -
with legislation that could be voted upon as early as Thursday,
a Senate aide said.

The legislation could be attached to an unrelated Internet
sales tax bill currently being debated in the Senate, according
to the aide. One possible approach could be a measure that would
give the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility to transfer
existing funds within the agency’s budget so that air traffic
controllers’ salaries can be fully paid.

Apr 23, 2013

Immigration bill could fix some Boston security issues: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Obama administration official said on Tuesday that an immigration bill starting to move through Congress would fix some border control weaknesses that may have contributed to last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

The immigration to the United States of two ethnic Chechen brothers who are suspects in the bombings has become a point of controversy in the early debate over the legislation, with some conservatives saying that Congress should now go slower.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked following Boston bombings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a prominent Republican who in the past supported immigration reform. However, the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said he saw no reason for the bombings to delay the debate.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked by Boston terror issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky but it was rejected by the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston bombing edges into U.S. immigration debate in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An already contentious immigration bill became the lightning rod for more controversy on Friday when a senior Republican senator linked the measure to the hunt in Massachusetts for a suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

“Given the events of this week, it is important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system,” Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said.

Apr 17, 2013

Senators start hard work of selling immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday began trying to sell a freshly written, 844-page immigration bill knowing that changes will be made but vowing to protect the pillars of what they hope will become a landmark law.

The ambitious plan already has won some powerful backing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, on Wednesday called it a “very strong bill,” promising, “I will do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line.”

Apr 16, 2013

Obama endorses bipartisan U.S. immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system put forward by a bipartisan group of senators, saying it was “largely consistent” with his own principles for immigration reform.

Obama, who had said previously that he would submit his own bill if not satisfied with the Senate proposal, urged Congress to “quickly move” the bill forward and that he was “willing to do whatever it takes” to help.

Apr 16, 2013

U.S. senators unveil immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – A group of Democratic and
Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited
landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for
millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to
eventually become U.S. citizens.

Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the
United States before Dec. 31, 2011, and had stayed in the
country continuously could apply for “provisional” legal status
as soon as six months after the bill is signed by the president.

Apr 16, 2013

Factbox – Major provisions of U.S. Senate immigration reform bill

By Richard Cowan

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of eight senators on Tuesday unveiled an outline of legislation to revamp U.S. immigration policy for the first time since 1986.

The proposal has three overriding goals: to create a path to legal status and ultimately citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants; to secure U.S. borders against illegal entry; and to make it easier for industry, particularly high-tech industry and agriculture, to hire workers from abroad when needed.

Apr 16, 2013

Factbox: Major provisions of Senate immigration reform bill

By Richard Cowan

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of eight senators on Tuesday unveiled an outline of legislation to revamp immigration policy for the first time since 1986.

The proposal has three overriding goals: to create a path to legal status and ultimately citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants; to secure U.S. borders against illegal entry; and to make it easier for industry, particularly high-tech industry and agriculture, to hire workers from abroad when needed.

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