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May 10, 2013

Immigration bill backers thwart conservative amendments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark bill backed by U.S. President Barack Obama to overhaul the nation’s immigration system survived unscathed on Thursday during the first day of consideration by a divided Senate Judiciary Committee.

On bipartisan votes, the panel rejected conservatives’ attempts to thwart implementation of a centerpiece of the bill – a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

May 10, 2013

U.S. immigration bill backers thwart conservative amendments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark bill backed by U.S. President Barack Obama to overhaul the nation’s immigration system survived unscathed on Thursday during the first day of consideration by a divided Senate Judiciary Committee.

On bipartisan votes, the panel rejected conservatives’ attempts to thwart implementation of a centerpiece of the bill – a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

May 9, 2013

Immigration bill passes first early test in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – In the first legislative test
for the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, the Judiciary
Committee rejected a Republican attempt to significantly delay
the legalization process for 11 million undocumented immigrants,
a central focus of the bill.

Only the two Republican co-authors of the bill, Senators
Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,
voted with the panel’s Democrats to defeat the Republican plan
on a 12-6 vote.

May 9, 2013

U.S. Senate panel launches crucial debate over immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee on
Thursday launched a weeks-long effort to pass a comprehensive
immigration bill with a warning from the panel’s top Republican
that he would make the process as long and “arduous” as
possible.

“I plan to ask many questions throughout this process,” Iowa
Senator Charles Grassley warned the Democratic-controlled Senate
Judiciary Committee. “I want to know how the bill doesn’t repeat
the mistakes of the past.” Grassley, in a statement, promised an
“arduous” and “robust” debate.

May 8, 2013

Immigration amendments stir questions on Republican intent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two months ago, Republican Party leaders urged their rank-and-file to embrace comprehensive immigration legislation as part of a broad effort to appeal to Hispanics and other minorities who rebuked Republican candidates in the 2012 elections.

Now, with the start of what is looking to be a historic debate in the U.S. Senate on revamping the country’s immigration policy, some are saying that it appears as if not all Republicans got the message.

May 7, 2013

Gay rights amendment offered to immigration bill in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a gay rights amendment to the Senate’s immigration bill, prompting one of the measure’s Republican sponsors to repeat his prediction that it would sink the legislation.

“It’ll kill the bill” if it is included in the legislation, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said in a brief interview. “There is a coalition of groups who are supporting immigration reform who will not support it if that’s in there.”

May 6, 2013

U.S. think tank says immigrant amnesty would worsen deficits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Granting legal status to 11 million undocumented foreigners living in the United States would significantly add to government budget deficits, according to a study released on Monday by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Heritage, a think tank headed by former Senator Jim DeMint, has assumed a leading role in opposition to a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill being considered by the U.S. Senate.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. Congress passes plan to ease flight delays

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Friday approved a Senate plan to ease
nationwide air-traffic delays caused by automatic federal
spending cuts, seeking to calm irritated travelers but sparking
a backlash from interest groups not spared from cuts.

The Senate had unanimously voted for the plan late Thursday
and the House approved it by a 361-41 vote. White House
spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama plans to sign
the bill.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. House passes Senate plan to ease air traffic delays

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved a Senate plan
to ease nationwide air traffic delays caused by automatic
federal spending cuts, seeking to calm an irritated traveling
public as lawmakers themselves flew out of Washington for a
week-long recess.

The Senate had unanimously voted for the plan late Thursday.

The barely four pages of legislation will give the
Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to
cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential
employees at the Federal Aviation Administration who had been
furloughed.

Apr 26, 2013

House seen moving quickly to ease air-traffic delays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to act quickly on Friday to finalize a Senate plan to ease nationwide air-traffic delays caused by last month’s automatic federal spending cuts.

The Senate plan, passed unanimously late Thursday, will give the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration who had been furloughed.

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