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Aug 9, 2013

Obama accuses Republicans of ‘fixation’ against healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday launched an aggressive defense of his landmark healthcare law, attacking Republicans for seeking its repeal without offering a substitute for the millions of Americans who would be left uninsured.

With enrollment set to begin on October 1 for individuals who want to receive health insurance under the 2010 law, Obama used a White House press conference to counter a massive Republican campaign to discredit and destroy the new program, including a threat by some Congressional Republicans to insist on repeal as a condition of funding the government.

Aug 3, 2013

Focus shifts to Obama if Congress axes immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If immigration reform sputters in the deeply divided U.S. Congress, supporters are planning to push President Barack Obama to act on his own to help 11 million illegal residents, lawmakers and immigration advocates said.

Immigration law experts, some senators and House Democratic aides speculated that if Congress cannot agree on a wide-ranging immigration bill this year, Obama could use his executive authority to stop deporting parents of children living in the United States illegally.

Jul 31, 2013

House Republicans leery of ‘Obamacare’ defunding idea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Tea Party-inspired plan to kill President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by forcing a government shutdown unless funds to implement the law are denied has not gained traction among senior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

“I think leadership is giving other options that they think are more effective,” said Republican Representative Pat Tiberi, a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner.

Jul 30, 2013

Senate Republicans feud over defunding ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A nasty, name-calling spat between Tea Party conservatives and older, more moderate Republican senators is playing out in public this week, fueling a battle over the best way to kill President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

Senators usually reserve for private conversations words such as “silly”, “dumb,” “dishonest” and “feckless” when referring to ideas being floated by members of their own political party.

Jul 23, 2013

House Republicans mull citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday will consider granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, marking their first step toward dealing with the millions of undocumented foreigners living in the United States.

Under pressure from members of their own party, religious groups and Hispanics, House Republican leaders are bucking their traditional position of opposing citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Jul 18, 2013

U.S. Congress aides warned of email security breach

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – Congressional aides in the
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said on Thursday that
they were notified of a potential security risk involving email
and other accounts.

“There have been reports online of Senate and House email
accounts being exposed and hacked,” said an email warning sent
to all Senate staff.

Jul 17, 2013

Senate reaches deal on Obama nominees, filibusters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats backed away on Tuesday from a possible historic crackdown on filibusters in exchange for a Republican commitment not to use the procedural hurdles to stop some of President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominations.

The bipartisan agreement, reached after days of talks and jockeying for political position, will allow Obama to fill out his second-term team with top administrators overseeing efforts to protect workers, consumers and the environment.

Jul 16, 2013

Senators scramble to cut deal on nominees, avoid showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators scrambled on Tuesday to cut a deal to confirm seven of President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees and end a Democratic threat to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with procedural roadblocks known as filibusters.

“We are making progress,” said Republican Senator Bob Corker, one of a number of lawmakers involved in bipartisan talks over nominations that intensified in recent days.

Jul 15, 2013

Reid warns of using Senate ‘nuclear option’ on filibusters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans on Monday that if they do not permit seven of President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees to be confirmed, he would move to strip Republicans of their power to stop such nominations with procedural hurdles known as filibusters.

Republican Senator John McCain said he and about 10 other lawmakers were trying to reach a bipartisan compromise, but it was unclear if they could get one before the Senate was set to begin voting on the nominees on Tuesday.

Jun 28, 2013

House Republicans mull ways to advance immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for congressional passage of a U.S. immigration overhaul looked bleak on Friday, but some House Republicans signaled they would offer a way for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country to get legal status that could be portrayed as something other than a pathway to citizenship.

The Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan immigration bill backed by President Barack Obama, but leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are not expected to take action on the measure.

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