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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.

Mar 15, 2013

Bipartisan immigration reform bill takes shape in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives is close to completing work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, according to congressional aides.

Two of the aides confirmed on Friday that the negotiators were still trying to agree on the issue of how to handle temporary laborers coming into the United States.

Mar 14, 2013

Contentious U.S. budget talks point to small deficit-cut deal

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – As divisions over major
reductions in federal budget deficits solidify, President Barack
Obama and members of Congress on Thursday began weighing limited
steps that might be brokered in a bipartisan deal later this
year.

Obama spent much of Thursday afternoon on Capitol Hill,
first meeting with Republican senators and then huddling with
fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Mar 12, 2013

Dueling budget plans debut in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday unveiled vastly different plans to slash long-term budget deficits that highlight the wide gulf separating the parties and the difficulty of reaching a bipartisan compromise any time soon.

Republicans would balance the budget in 10 years with $4.6 trillion in spending cuts, building on earlier proposals for deep reductions to social programs.

Mar 12, 2013

Duelling budget plans debut in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday unveiled vastly different plans to slash long-term budget deficits that highlight the wide gulf separating the parties and the difficulty of reaching a bipartisan compromise any time soon.

Republicans would balance the budget in 10 years with $4.6 trillion (3.08 trillion pounds) in spending cuts, building on earlier proposals for deep reductions to social programs.

Mar 12, 2013

Republicans unveil 10-year plan to shrink U.S. deficit

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – A 10-year, $4.6 trillion
balanced budget proposal unveiled by Republicans on Tuesday
could either be shelved within weeks or help jump-start
negotiations with President Barack Obama toward a major
deficit-reduction deal.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan – his
latest version of the “Path to Prosperity” measure that has been
rejected by Democrats previously – likely will be approved this
month by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Mar 12, 2013

Ryan spearheads new Republican plan to balance U.S. budget

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Republicans kicked off
their latest deficit-reduction gambit on Tuesday with a 10-year
balanced budget plan that could either be shelved within weeks
or help kick-start negotiations with President Barack Obama
toward a major deficit-reduction deal.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s $4.6 trillion
deficit-reduction plan – his latest version of the “Path to
Prosperity” plan that has been rejected by Democrats previously
- likely will be approved this month by the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Mar 8, 2013

Obama lunches with budget hawk Ryan, deal still far off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives’ leading fiscal conservatives.

Coming the day after he took Republican Senators to dinner to discuss the budget, Obama’s new outreach brought optimism that two years of fiscal battles could ease up. But the White House and Republican lawmakers signalled the road to a grand bargain will still be difficult.

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