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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.

Dec 2, 2014

Boehner proposes long-term spending bill to avoid shutdown fight: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration action.

At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how to handle a must-pass government spending bill, Boehner proposed including a short-term extension for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that will implement Obama’s immigration order, a House Republican aide said.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama seeks to build Congress support for immigration changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Republican leader warned President Barack Obama on Thursday that he will have a fight on his hands if he goes ahead with a sweeping program to ease the threat of deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Obama, in a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET, is set to lay out plans for using his executive authority in ways that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented people to come out of the shadows and into American society.

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. auto regulator’s move to decline Takata documents spurs criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five months after an exploding air bag killed a Virginia woman on Christmas Eve of 2009 the manufacturer offered the U.S. safety regulator additional documents, but the agency said it was unnecessary because it has just closed its investigation.

The victim died in a Honda (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) car and at the time the probe focused on the carmaker and Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), its supplier, and the risk that air bags could rupture, shooting shrapnel into the car. The agency ruled that it did not find anything inappropriate in Honda’s actions.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a “partisan bomb” while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally.

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