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Feb 17, 2015

U.S. judge in Texas blocks Obama’s immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority.

The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico.

Jan 30, 2015

U.S. Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

The demands, hours before Obama’s address to a House Democratic retreat, are part of a renewed focus by the party on middle-class economic issues.

Jan 16, 2015

Congress won’t cool fight against Obama on climate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data showing the heating of Earth in 2104 to the highest level on record will do little to stop Republicans in the U.S. Congress from fighting President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers to slow climate change.

Republicans, who won control of the Senate in November’s elections, campaigned on dismantling Obama’s plans to slow the country’s emissions. More broadly, they plan to target Obama’s recent pledge of $3 billion to a global climate fund that led some to hope the world would reach an agreement to fight global warming in Paris next year.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. House passes security funding bill blocking immigration actions

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans drew a
hard line against President Barack Obama’s executive immigration
initiatives on Wednesday, voting to block them as they passed a
Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

The vote sets up a potential showdown in coming weeks over
funding for the sprawling agency that secures U.S. borders,
airports and coastal waters. The bill’s immigration provisions
also could hamper Republicans’ efforts to boost their appeal
among Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election.

Jan 7, 2015

Boehner survives conservative challenge, re-elected U.S. House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress.

Boehner received 216 of 408 votes cast in a tense vote, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama’s immigration and healthcare policies.

Jan 6, 2015

Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Republican senators kicked off
the new U.S. Congress with legislation to approve the hotly
disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the White House promptly
threatened a veto.

With Republicans assuming full control of Congress on
Tuesday after their victories in the November election, they
have put Keystone at the center of their legislative agenda and
plan weeks of debate.

Jan 6, 2015

Boehner seen surviving as Republican reign begins in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner is expected to fend off a challenge from some conservative Republicans on Tuesday as the party takes full control of Congress aiming to roll back President Barack Obama’s immigration, energy and health care policies.

A group of about a dozen of the most conservative Republicans have pledged not to support Boehner for a third term as speaker, arguing that he has failed to fight hard enough against Obama’s immigration and health care policies and has failed to cut spending enough.

Jan 6, 2015

Republicans push Keystone XL bill with plan to skirt any veto

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican senators this week made good on a campaign promise and kicked off the new Congress with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying if President Barack Obama vetoes it, they have a plan to pass the measure later in the year.

Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday to approve TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) project that would transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of mostly Canadian heavy oil to Nebraska en route to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Jan 5, 2015

Boehner faces conservative opposition in speaker vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner is expected to be re-elected as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, but a vocal and growing pocket of conservative opposition could hamper his ability to pass difficult legislation this year.

Representative Steve King of Iowa and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana on Monday became the latest prominent conservatives to announce they would vote against Boehner for a third term as speaker.

Dec 23, 2014

Exclusive – U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama’s plans to normalise relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy.

Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and the president, a Democrat, had discussed possible major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not focus on the country’s biggest corporations alone, but also include help for small businesses.

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      "I have been a Washington correspondent for Reuters since 2001. I have written about climate change and the environment, the U.S. Congress, politics, economic issues and agricultural trade disputes."
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