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Apr 16, 2013

U.S. senators unveil bipartisan immigration bill

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S.
senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation
to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal
immigrants, giving them an opportunity to apply for permanent
legal status within 10 years and eventually for U.S.
citizenship.

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

Apr 12, 2013

U.S. Congress quietly repeals plan for Internet financial disclosures

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Friday
voted to repeal a plan to require Internet posting of a vast
database of financial disclosures from congressional staff and
many executive branch employees required by a new
ethics-in-government law.

Neither chamber debated the measure, which amends the STOCK
Act, passed with great fanfare last year to prevent lawmakers,
their staffs and other government officials from using insider
knowledge about policymaking to profit from stock trades and
other investments. The disclosures of potentially sensitive
financial information were due to begin on Monday.

Apr 11, 2013

U.S. senators aim to unveil immigration bill Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators aims to roll out a comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday, giving President Barack Obama new hope that one of his top priorities for 2013 will advance in Congress.

While the timing could still change, several congressional sources said the eight senators – four Democrats and four Republicans – plan to introduce their bill on Tuesday.

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.

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