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Dec 12, 2014

U.S. Senate appears set to pass spending bill, timing uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate looked set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill in time for a Saturday night deadline, following a narrow House of Representatives vote that averted a government shutdown.

The House passed the bill late on Thursday despite a revolt by Democrats against controversial financial provisions that led to a day of drama on Capitol Hill and exposed fraying unity between President Barack Obama and his party.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion (£699.7 billion) spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

The vote followed a long day of drama and discord on Capitol Hill that highlighted fraying Democratic unity and featured an uneasy alliance between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, enemies in past budget battles but on the same side this time in pushing for passage.

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. House narrowly passes spending bill, averts gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

The vote followed a long day of drama and discord on Capitol Hill that highlighted fraying Democratic unity and featured an uneasy alliance between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, enemies in past budget battles but on the same side this time in pushing for passage.

Dec 11, 2014

Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration made
a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support
to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours
ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline.

Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to
staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in
the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections
to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of
the government through September.

Dec 10, 2014

Shutdown wary U.S. Republicans likely to OK funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday fell in line behind a $1.1 trillion bill that would remove the threat of an imminent government shutdown while setting up new fights for early next year over President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.

House Speaker John Boehner huddled early in the day with his often rambunctious rank-and-file Republicans and heard little opposition to the massive spending bill that was negotiated with congressional Democrats, according to lawmakers at the meeting.

Dec 5, 2014

Exclusive: Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with
President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of
undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening
the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House
Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House
of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S.
immigration law.

Dec 4, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. conservatives stand firm against funding for immigration order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans on Wednesday resisted a plan to avert a budget fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration order, raising the likelihood that the spending struggle in Congress could last right up to the Dec. 11 deadline for a government shutdown.

Tea Party lawmakers stood firm against House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to pass a spending bill keeping most of the government running through September 2015 and postponing the battle over immigration until early next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate and expand their House majority.

Dec 3, 2014

Iowa firebrand is face of Republican fight on U.S. immigration order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prominently featured on Representative Steve King’s congressional website are what he calls “illegal immigration stories” that tell of undocumented people, mainly Hispanics, wreaking havoc in America: killing, robbing, kidnapping, trafficking in sex and drugs.

As the face of the opposition to comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, King has long used fiery rhetoric to argue for deporting all 12 million undocumented residents and fortifying U.S. borders.

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