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Mar 19, 2015

Defense hawks in U.S. Congress move to boost military budgets

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – Republican defense hawks in
the U.S. Congress moved on Thursday to boost military funding in
their budget plans, setting up a clash with fiscal conservatives
in their party as the spending blueprints head to crucial votes
next week.

The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved
its plan with an amendment to add $38 billion to an off-budget
war funding account to boost military spending for fiscal 2016.

Mar 19, 2015

House budget debate could set off defense battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense hawks in the U.S. House of Representatives will push for more robust 2016 military spending next week, Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, setting the stage for a potentially contentious debate as the House lays out its budget blueprint.

“There is overwhelming support in our conference for providing additional resources to protect our national security,” Boehner told reporters.

Mar 18, 2015

Senate paralyzed over human trafficking, Lynch nomination

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the second time in two days, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to break a legislative deadlock that has left the fate of a human trafficking bill in doubt and put U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in limbo.

By a vote of 57-41, three short of the minimum needed, the bill cracking down on domestic human trafficking failed to clear a procedural hurdle.

Mar 12, 2015

Child illegal migration to U.S. slows but still flowing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rush of Central American children entering the United States illegally has eased from last year’s crisis levels but remains brisk, according to new government data, and immigration experts fear the onset of warm weather could bring another surge.

More than 68,000 children traveling without parents, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were detained last year for entering the United States without immigration documents.

Mar 12, 2015

Obama briefed on latest Secret Service scandal – White House

By Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has been briefed on an
incident in which two Secret Service officers are alleged to
have driven a government-issued car into White House barricades
last week after a party, a White House official said on
Thursday.

The incident, which is under investigation, comes on the
heels of a series of scandals about the conduct and leadership
of the agency that protects the president and his family.

Mar 6, 2015

House freshmen Republicans vow to press conservative demands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bruised but undeterred, some of the far-right Republicans who picked a fight in Congress and lost this week over funding the U.S. domestic security agency say they’re just getting started.

The views of a handful of first-term conservatives who spoke with Reuters after the Department of Homeland Security battle suggest more conflict among Republicans lies ahead.

Mar 4, 2015

Lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – War rooms of lawmakers and their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to influence the Supreme Court’s nine justices who will hear arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

These informal working groups, staffed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress, have gone into high gear in recent days.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON, March 4(Reuters) – War rooms of lawmakers and
their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to
influence the Supreme Court’s nine justices who will hear
arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama’s
landmark healthcare law.

These informal working groups, staffed by Republican and
Democratic members of Congress, have gone into high gear in
recent days.

Mar 4, 2015

House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disorder.

The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress.

Mar 3, 2015

U.S. House to vote on security bill without immigration provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner cleared the way for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who wanted to include language blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

If successful, the vote would end a legislative standoff that began late last year over security funding and Obama’s immigration actions, which have been put on hold by the courts.

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