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Nov 5, 2014

Obama seeks $6.2 billion to combat Ebola: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to approve $6.18 billion in new emergency funds this fiscal year to combat Ebola where it is raging in West Africa, as well as in the United States.

According to documents provided to Congress, the administration wants lawmakers to provide $4.5 billion in funds for immediate response to the deadly disease and another $1.5 billion in contingency money.

Nov 5, 2014

Victorious U.S. Republicans face familiar dilemma – fight or cut deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalise on their new control of the U.S. Congress. Some lawmakers were eager to use their new muscle to step up attacks on President Barack Obama, while others talked hopefully of compromises that could lead to rare bipartisan legislation.

The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and conservatives in their caucuses to show Americans that Republicans can govern and not just obstruct Obama’s legislative agenda.

Nov 5, 2014

Victorious Republicans face familiar dilemma: fight or cut deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalize on their new control of the U.S. Congress. Some lawmakers were eager to use their new muscle to step up attacks on President Barack Obama, while others talked hopefully of compromises that could lead to rare bipartisan legislation.

The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and conservatives in their caucuses to show Americans that Republicans can govern and not just obstruct Obama’s legislative agenda.

Nov 1, 2014

Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Worries about Ebola are
chipping away at some congressional Republicans’ support for
maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government
agencies and the military.

An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in
favor of Ebola “emergency” funds, which would be passed outside
of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting
spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue.

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

The date of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s briefing was not disclosed. It is not a hearing and will not be open to the public, the aide said.

Oct 12, 2014

Obama hangs tough on migrant detention despite slowing influx

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surge in child migration from Central America is receding but the United States is aggressively pushing ahead with plans to expand detentions, a little-publicized part of a broader campaign to deter illegal migrants.

Under pressure from opposition Republicans to stem the unprecedented flow of children earlier this year, the Obama administration beginning in June pledged to speedily return them to their home countries and help better secure borders in Mexico and Central America.

Oct 3, 2014

Obama tells angry Hispanics he won’t give up on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to rally frustrated Latinos on Thursday with a firm promise to keep fighting for immigration reform and a renewed pledge to take executive action this year to reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants.

After enraging many Hispanic voters last month by delaying a change in immigration policies until after the November midterm elections, Obama has faced widespread condemnation from a voting bloc that helped him win the presidency in 2008 and 2012.

Oct 2, 2014

Push for new tax math seen if Republicans seize U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

Known as “dynamic scoring,” the approach is about how to estimate the federal budget impact of tax law changes and it has long been backed by Republicans but opposed by some Democrats.

Oct 2, 2014

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way.

Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official.

Sep 21, 2014

Selling Mitch McConnell: What’s love got to do with it?

PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) – Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem.

While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career.

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