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Feb 8, 2013

Democrats aim tax, spending cuts at rich to avoid “meat ax”

LEESBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – Facing government spending cuts that could delay air travelers, pare education programs for the poor and weaken military readiness, Democrats in Congress this week sought to shift the deficit-reduction burden to the rich.

Without congressional action, about $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are set to begin on March 1. If allowed to continue, they could slow economic growth this year, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Feb 7, 2013

House Democrats to unveil gun control package; mirrors Obama’s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the House of Representatives will unveil a proposal on Thursday to combat gun violence, including a bid to ban assault weapons, party sources said.

In addition to outlawing semi-automatic assault weapons and imposing limits on high-capacity ammunition clips, the House Democrat package, like one advanced by Democratic President Barack Obama, would require that all gun buyers be subject to background checks and provide for improvements in mental health services.

Feb 6, 2013

House Republicans try to chip away at U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The first major U.S.
immigration reform effort since 1986 came under attack on
Tuesday from congressional Republicans who cast doubt on a
proposal backed by President Barack Obama to give 11 million
illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.

An immigration overhaul suddenly looked possible last week
when a group of senators from both parties launched a reform
campaign. But it has not taken long for partisan rancor to
emerge.

Feb 5, 2013

House Republicans challenge Obama immigration plan’s citizenship goal

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House
of Representatives on Tuesday challenged President Barack
Obama’s central goal for immigration reform that would put 11
million undocumented residents on a path to citizenship, adding
fresh doubts on whether legislation can be passed this year.

During a kick-off hearing, House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Bob Goodlatte explored a possible “middle ground”
between the current U.S. policy of deporting those who have come
to the United States illegally and of placing them on a path to
citizenship, as Obama has demanded.

Feb 5, 2013

House Republican warns against rushing U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. immigration system is
badly in need of reform but Congress should not rush legislation
to President Barack Obama, who is demanding prompt action, a
leading Republican said on Tuesday.

In the first of a series of hearings planned by the House of
Representatives Judiciary Committee, Chairman Bob Goodlatte
warned a packed hearing room that his panel “needs to take the
time to learn from the past so that our efforts to reform our
immigration laws do not repeat the same mistakes.”

Feb 5, 2013

Obama to lobby for immigration reform amid citizenship dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to build momentum for immigration reform this week ahead of his State of the Union address, which is expected to challenge Republicans to take up an overhaul amid an increasingly contentious debate in Washington.

Obama plans to hold a series of White House meetings with corporate chief executives, labor leaders and progressives on Tuesday to lobby for their support, and he has dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Southwest to tout the administration’s border security efforts.

Feb 4, 2013

Obama, aides seek momentum on immigration reform this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his aides will seek to build momentum for immigration reform this week, laying down markers ahead of his State of the Union address amid an increasingly contentious debate in Washington over proposals for overhauling immigration laws.

Obama plans to hold a series of White House meetings with corporate chief executives, labor leaders and progressives on Tuesday to lobby for their support, and has dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Southwest to tout the administration’s border security efforts.

Jan 29, 2013

Top Senate Democrat sets up fight over looming budget cuts

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The top U.S. Senate Democrat
said on Tuesday that he wants increased tax revenues to help
replace the automatic spending cuts looming on March 1, a demand
that could reignite partisan budget tensions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats are working
on alternatives to the $85 billion in delayed, across-the-board
spending cuts, known as the sequester. They will seek to end
some tax credits and close loopholes – possibly some for oil
companies – to find revenues to help replace the cuts, he said.

Jan 29, 2013

U.S. senators unveil immigration reform as Hispanic influence grows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reflecting the growing influence of Hispanics in American politics, a group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they will move quickly with legislation giving 11 million illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.

That new political reality, and a change in public opinion on immigration, makes this effort at comprehensive reform more likely to succeed than those of the past, they said, acknowledging that it still won’t be easy.

Jan 29, 2013

Senate immigration reform backers seek quick action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators who have agreed on an immigration reform plan said on Monday they hope to move quickly with legislation giving 11 million illegal immigrants a chance to eventually become American citizens.

The four Democrats and four Republicans released the outline of a comprehensive immigration reform effort – one with plenty of details missing – that still must be turned into legislation.

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