WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney on Friday canceled campaign speeches and some ads attacking each other, replacing them with expressions of sorrow for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage in Colorado.
Obama, briefed by aides early in the morning, returned to Washington after talking about the shooting during remarks at an event in Fort Myers, Florida. He ordered U.S. flags on all federal buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff through Wednesday.
FORT MYERS, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney on Friday canceled presidential campaign-style speeches and some ads attacking each other, replacing them with expressions of sorrow for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage in Colorado.
Obama, briefed by aides early in the morning, was to return to Washington after addressing the incident during remarks at an event in Fort Myers, Florida.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the Senate blocked on Thursday an election-year “Bring Jobs Home” bill that, if nothing else, gave Democrats an opportunity to highlight Mitt Romney’s ties to Bain Capital and its outsourcing practices.
The partisan vote was one more instance of Democrats and Republicans in Congress offering up measures they know will not pass but can be used to fire up their respective supporters in the run-up to November’s elections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A meat axe approach to Washington’s budget deficit problem that hacks away at nearly every corner of American society – from farmers to weapons manufacturers – is spooking the very U.S. Congress that embraced the idea nearly a year ago.
Barring any decisions to suspend or alter the plan known as “sequestration” in Washington budget parlance, $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts will kick in on January 2, 2013.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress warned on Monday they are prepared to let all Bush-era tax cuts expire on December 31 if Republicans continue to insist on extending lower rates for top earners.
Senator Patty Murray, a member of Democratic leadership, was scheduled to deliver a tough message later on Monday aimed at bolstering her party’s election-year attack on tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year at a time of high budget deficits.
WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats and
President Barack Obama on Wednesday plotted their legislative
priorities for the months leading up to November’s elections,
showcasing an extension of middle-class tax cuts as well as with
measures to keep government agencies functioning beyond Sept.
Later this month, the Democratic-led Senate is expected to
stage a vote on continuing tax cuts for families earning up to
$250,000 – an election-year initiative that the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives will not go along
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of Congress from both parties are increasingly mulling the unthinkable: going home in December without acting to avoid the $4 trillion in tax hikes and deep spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans claim this is their preferred option, as it could rattle global financial markets badly and anger their constituents.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder faced a contempt of Congress charge on Thursday as the Republican-led House of Representatives was poised to strike back at the nation’s top law enforcement officer for refusing to turn over some documents related to a failed gun-running probe.
If the contempt charge is approved later on Thursday, as expected, Holder would become the first sitting attorney general – and the first presidential Cabinet member – to be accused of the crime of contempt by the full House.
WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – A Republican proposal
forcing quick approval of the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone oil
pipeline will not be part of a massive transportation funding
bill the U.S. Congress is trying to pass by week’s end, a senior
Democratic aide said on Wednesday.
“Keystone is out,” said the aide, who asked not to be
identified. The aide added that while House-Senate negotiators
are close to an overall deal on the transportation bill, they
have not yet wrapped it up.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders said they were optimistic that final hours of talks on Wednesday on a two-year, $109 billion funding package for roads, bridges and mass transit would yield a deal, but warned their work was not yet finished.
Federal funding for highway projects is set to expire on Saturday, but it was still unclear whether lawmakers could reach a compromise on thorny details about environmental regulations and the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.