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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.

Jan 28, 2013

Senators push immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has agreed on an immigration reform plan that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States but only after borders are better secured.

The plan, unveiled a day before President Barack Obama is to give a policy speech on immigration in Nevada, tackles the most explosive issue – how to deal with the millions of foreigners living in the United States illegally.

Jan 24, 2013

Analysis: U.S. debt limit bill gives political cover to both parties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Previous budget dramas in Washington produced bargains that made it look like Congress was making great strides, without actually doing so.

Wednesday’s vote by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to extend the government’s borrowing power until May 19 was no different.

Jan 24, 2013

Analysis: Debt limit bill gives political cover to both parties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Previous budget dramas in Washington produced bargains that made it look like Congress was making great strides, without actually doing so.

Wednesday’s vote by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to extend the government’s borrowing power until May 19 was no different.

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