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Aug 18, 2015

Senate Democrats stake out both sides of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing to oppose it in defiance of President Barack Obama, who picked up much-needed support for the deal from two other Senate Democrats.

As September voting on the agreement in the U.S. Congress neared, Menendez, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, became the second senior lawmaker from Obama’s own party to announce he would vote to kill the pact with Tehran.

Aug 17, 2015

Senator Menendez to announce Iran nuclear pact stance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez, who is widely expected to oppose a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, is set on Tuesday to formally announce his position on the pact.

Congress is poised to vote in September on the U.S.-led international agreement. As proposed by President Barack Obama and other world powers, the deal aims to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the country.

Aug 16, 2015

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who emerged as one of the pre-eminent student activists in America’s turbulent 1960s, died on Saturday aged 75.

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement, without giving the cause of death. Bond was the civil rights organization’s first president.

Aug 3, 2015

Planned Parenthood fight over fetal tissue research hits U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women’s healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research.

Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reinvigorating America’s debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.

Aug 3, 2015

Planned Parenthood fight hits U.S. Congress, wider impact unclear

WASHINGTON, August 3 (Reuters) – Women’s health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear.

Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. The effort followed the release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, that have reinvigorated America’s abortion debate as the 2016 presidential campaign shifts into high gear.

Jul 29, 2015

Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women’s health.

The Republican plan to take $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and give it to the likes of hospitals and community health centers was criticized by family planning experts who said it showed a lack of understanding of how women’s health services work.

Jul 29, 2015

Congress moves to three-month highway extension; trade bank stays idled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rapidly shifting battle, Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday prepared to pass a three-month highway funding extension while leaving the idled Export-Import Bank’s fate hanging at least into September.

With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects.

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. Congress moves to 3-month highway extension; trade bank stays idled

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – In a rapidly shifting
battle, Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday
prepared to pass a three-month highway funding extension while
leaving the idled Export-Import Bank’s fate hanging at least
into September.

With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward
a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers
embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road
and mass transit construction projects.

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning a vote in coming days on Republican legislation halting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, following the release of secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.

“The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue and intends to have a vote before we leave” for a five-week summer recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas.

Jul 24, 2015

Republican White House hopeful Cruz calls McConnell a liar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz ripped into his party’s establishment on Friday, calling Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell a liar during an unusual public attack on the floor of the Senate.

Amid intense maneuvering over an ambitious $340 billion transportation bill, Cruz railed that McConnell and the Senate’s new Republican majority were serving the interests of big money lobbyists and corporations, because of a move to offer an amendment to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

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