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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.

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.”

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