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Feb 13, 2014

As Volkswagen workers vote, Tennessee senator ramps up anti-union talk

WASHINGTON/CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – One of Tennessee’s two U.S. senators ramped up his anti-union rhetoric on Thursday in an attempt to sway workers at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga plant who are voting this week on representation by the United Auto Workers.

Republican Senator Bob Corker told Reuters on Thursday that he is “very certain that if the UAW is voted down,” the automaker will announce new investment in the plant “in the next couple weeks.”

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. Senator Corker defends intervention in Volkswagen union vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob Corker on Thursday defended wading into a labor union organizing campaign at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, saying it would have been irresponsible to remain silent about possible production plans at the automaker’s facility related to the union vote.

On Wednesday, Corker issued a statement saying that he had “conversations” that led him to believe that if VW employees voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union at the Tennessee VW plant, “Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga.”

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. House approves ‘clean’ debt limit after Republicans drop demands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama’s demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions.

The 221-201 vote, carried mainly by Democrats, marked a dramatic shift from the confrontational fiscal tactics House Republicans have used over the past three years, culminating in last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. House Republicans capitulate on debt limit, offer ‘clean’ increase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Caving into President Barack Obama’s demands for a “clean” debt ceiling increase, Republicans in the House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to advance legislation that extends U.S. borrowing authority for a year with no strings attached.

The move marked a dramatic shift from the confrontational fiscal tactics House Republicans have used over the past three years, culminating in last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

Feb 6, 2014

Analysis: Delay on immigration overhaul carries big Republican risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives appear increasingly unlikely to pass an immigration overhaul this year, preferring to focus their election-year strategy on a unified assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

House Speaker John Boehner hinted at that strategy on Thursday, when he expressed doubt to reporters that a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws would get through Congress this year because Republicans did not trust Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration to enforce any immigration laws Congress might write.

Feb 4, 2014

U.S. Republicans seek to tie debt limit to deficit cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Republicans said on Tuesday
they hoped to attach deficit-reduction measures to legislation
raising the U.S. debt limit, but a new government report that
forecast less red ink in the near term threatened to undercut
their efforts.

“Nobody wants to default on our debt,” House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters following a
closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans in the Capitol.

Feb 1, 2014

Republicans, eyeing elections, paper over divisions

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers, hoping to ride the disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to victory in the November congressional elections, are trying to put internal fights behind them and unify around a proposed Obamacare replacement.

During a two-day retreat on Maryland’s frozen eastern shore, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also sought to shed the image they acquired during last October’s government shutdown as a cantankerous opposition party.

Jan 30, 2014

Republicans wary as they weigh immigration reforms

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans began two days of meetings on Thursday ready to discuss immigration reforms amid doubts among some lawmakers that they would be able to advance significant legislation in this mid-term election year.

Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the start of the closed-door conference that there would be discussions on immigration and on a series of Republican “principles” developed by leaders of the party, which controls the House.

Jan 29, 2014

House immigration reform effort has conservatives on edge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans voiced skepticism on the prospects for immigration legislation on Wednesday, a day before House Republican leaders were to brief their rank-and-file on broad principles for advancing immigration bills.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan, an outspoken voice among House conservatives, told Reuters that it would be “very difficult” for the House to pass a bill in this election year that would legalize many of the 11 million undocumented people currently living in the United States.

Jan 29, 2014

Republicans respond and respond to Obama State of Union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress responded in competing voices on Tuesday to President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address as various wings of the party vied to advance their prescriptions for the country’s best way forward.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who was set to deliver the sanctioned Republican response to Obama, will queue up long-held party doctrine that “champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you.”

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