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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.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. Senate passes bill to end air traffic control furloughs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate moved quickly late on Thursday to end air traffic controller furloughs that were causing widespread airline flight delays related to last month’s automatic federal spending cuts.

Without any debate, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving 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.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. Congress moving toward quick fix to flight delays

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders are
frantically trying to put together a plan to alleviate
widespread airline flight delays caused by last month’s
automatic federal spending cuts, working on legislation that
could be voted on as early as Thursday.

Under bipartisan legislation that is all but ready to be
presented to the full Senate, the Department of Transportation
would be given new flexibility to take unspent funds and use
them to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other
essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Apr 25, 2013

House Republican offers few assurances on immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The push for comprehensive immigration legislation faces an uncertain fate in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives even as Senate supporters voiced optimism on Thursday for overwhelming backing in that chamber.

As the Democratic Party-controlled Senate pushed ahead on an 844-page bill that aims to rewrite America’s immigration law, the Republican-controlled House was still undecided on how broad of a bill it might consider – or even if it would advance legislation this year.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. Congress looking for quick fix to flight delays

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders are
frantically trying to pull together a plan 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.

The House of Representatives could vote soon after but
leaders in that chamber first want to see what the Senate
produces, fearing a retreat on this issue could open the door to
easing other budget cuts.

Apr 25, 2013

Senate weighs move to stop airline flight delays: aide

WASHINGTON (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.

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