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Mar 1, 2015

Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain – fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner’s lack of control over them.

That may portend more serious trouble ahead as Washington confronts fiscal challenges on a grander scale. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass spending bills to keep the government running in the new fiscal year.

Feb 28, 2015

House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

With just hours left before spending authority expires for the Department of Homeland Security, a three-week spending bill was rejected in the House by a 224-203 vote that left lawmakers few options ahead of the deadline.

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. Congress pursues stopgap funding to avert security agency shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Friday appeared to be headed toward approving a three-week-long stopgap funding bill for the domestic security agency that postpones the threat of a partial shutdown, but moves lawmakers no closer to a permanent solution.

With only hours remaining before Department of Homeland Security funding expires at midnight, the House of Representatives was pursuing a short-term funding extension. It would give Republicans more time to agree on a way to keep the agency open over the long term, while still fighting Democratic President Barack Obama over his immigration order lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents.

Feb 27, 2015

Congress scrambles for security funding plan as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders scrambled on Thursday to figure out how to avert a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, with some Republican lawmakers suggesting a stop-gap funding bill to buy time.

As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, the Senate was trying to move toward passing a “clean” funding bill that would exclude contentious immigration restrictions.

Feb 26, 2015

Senate nears security funding vote, Boehner mum on House plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the clock ticking toward a midnight Friday deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate is moving toward passing a funding bill but the House of Representatives leader offered no hints of following suit.

The Republican-dominated House has passed a $39.7 billion bill to pay for Department of Homeland Security operations, but that measure blocks funding for Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order last year lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Feb 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill
approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the
long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

The Senate received Obama’s veto message and Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing the
Republican-led chamber would attempt to overturn the veto by
March 3.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. delays Obama’s immigration steps after judge’s rebuke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers.

In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. judge in Texas blocks Obama’s immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority.

The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico.

Jan 30, 2015

U.S. Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

The demands, hours before Obama’s address to a House Democratic retreat, are part of a renewed focus by the party on middle-class economic issues.

Jan 16, 2015

Congress won’t cool fight against Obama on climate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data showing the heating of Earth in 2104 to the highest level on record will do little to stop Republicans in the U.S. Congress from fighting President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers to slow climate change.

Republicans, who won control of the Senate in November’s elections, campaigned on dismantling Obama’s plans to slow the country’s emissions. More broadly, they plan to target Obama’s recent pledge of $3 billion to a global climate fund that led some to hope the world would reach an agreement to fight global warming in Paris next year.

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