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Apr 11, 2013

U.S. senators get deal on farm worker wages in immigration bill

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) – U.S. senators negotiating
an immigration bill have reached agreement on wages for foreign
farm laborers working in the United States and a limit on visas
for such workers, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on
Thursday.

Feinstein, of California, refused to provide details on the
agreement and added that there were some other issues related to
farm workers still to be negotiated.

Apr 11, 2013

Senate immigration plan creates complex road to citizenship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An immigration bill being written in the Senate aims to wipe out nearly all illegal crossings along the southwestern border with Mexico while maintaining a 13-year timetable for existing illegal residents to win citizenship, sources said on Wednesday.

The carefully crafted language is intended to attract Republican support in Congress for comprehensive immigration legislation this year, while accommodating Democrats’ desire to help the estimated 11 million foreigners living in the United States illegally.

Apr 9, 2013

Senate negotiators close in on immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate negotiators on Tuesday were putting the finishing touches on a bipartisan immigration bill as labor and agriculture groups argued about restrictions on immigrant farmworkers and their pay, lawmakers and officials involved in the negotiations said.

“We’re making progress. We’re trying to get it done this week,” Senator John McCain told reporters.

Apr 9, 2013

Senate to cast first gun-control votes on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate will cast its first vote on President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals on Thursday, but Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he was unsure if the bill could gain the 60 votes it needs to overcome Republican procedural hurdles.

Reid called on Republicans to drop their attempt to block debate on the gun legislation, but Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said there was no bipartisan support for the effort.

Mar 23, 2013

Immigration reform talks stalled by wage disputes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate negotiations on revamping the immigration system are stalled over wages for future low-skilled foreign workers such as construction laborers, cooks, janitors and hotel maids, sources familiar with the talks said on Friday.

Bipartisan talks aimed at producing a comprehensive immigration law – including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and a new process for controlling the flow of temporary workers – have been underway for months and were close to producing a bill.

Mar 23, 2013

U.S. immigration reform talks stalled by wage disputes

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Senate negotiations on
revamping the U.S. immigration system are stalled over wages for
future low-skilled foreign workers such as construction
laborers, cooks, janitors and hotel maids, sources familiar with
the talks said on Friday.

Bipartisan talks aimed at producing a comprehensive
immigration law – including a path to citizenship for
undocumented immigrants and a new process for controlling the
flow of temporary workers – have been underway for months and
were close to producing a bill.

Mar 23, 2013

A powerful voice pays off for Maryland during federal budget cuts

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Many members of Congress
looked pretty helpless this week as they fought to save
cherished programs in their states from across-the-board budget
cuts.

But after Congress wrapped up work on a bill to fund the
government through September, some members looked less helpless
than others. Among them was Senate Appropriations Committee
Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland.

Mar 19, 2013

Prominent Republicans back major immigration reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republican lawmakers, moving to repair frayed relationships with Hispanic voters, on Tuesday put their weight behind comprehensive immigration reform efforts that will likely include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented foreigners.

Speaker John Boehner praised a bipartisan plan emerging in the House of Representatives that includes an arduous pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the United States illegally.

Mar 19, 2013

Senator Paul embraces comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul, a leading conservative Republican, on Tuesday put his weight behind comprehensive immigration reform efforts that likely will include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented foreigners.

Paul, a Republican freshman senator who has hinted at a possible 2016 run for president, delivered a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in which he ridiculed the notion of deporting the 11 million undocumented people, many of whom have lived for decades in the United States and are raising families here.

Mar 18, 2013

Bill to avert government shutdown inches to Senate passage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Monday inched closer to passage of a bill to fund federal agencies through September 30 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of this month when existing money runs out.

Racing against a March 27 deadline, senators voted 63-35 to limit debate on the legislation so that it can be approved and sent to the House of Representatives for final approval this week.

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