Richard's Feed
Jan 24, 2014

U.S. Latino groups launch new voter registration drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A drive to register 250,000 new Latino voters in the run-up to this year’s mid-term elections was unveiled on Thursday by groups that have been clamoring for the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

“Our work is to support our community in having a stronger voice in the political process, particularly the policy debate process,” said Clarissa Martinez De Castro, director of immigration at the National Council of La Raza.

Jan 23, 2014

Republican congresswoman to rebut Obama State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. Congress, will deliver her party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday announced they had selected McMorris Rodgers to present the high-profile speech.

Jan 17, 2014

U.S. immigration reform advocates see new hope in 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Immigration reform advocates, who saw their hopes dashed in 2013 for major legislation, are encouraged by stirrings in the Republican-led House of Representatives for taking up the issue.

The Senate last June passed a sweeping immigration bill that would give millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship but the legislation has languished in the House.

Jan 10, 2014

Unemployment benefits extension stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats on Thursday offered a new plan to revive federal unemployment benefits until mid-November and pay the $18 billion price tag with new spending cuts, but hopes of a bipartisan deal dissolved into bickering by day’s end.

“The package does what the Republicans wanted,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said on the Senate floor. He said the cost of renewing the jobless benefits for about 1.4 million long-term unemployed Americans would be “entirely paid for” and would contain “structural changes they (Republicans) were demanding.”

Jan 9, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats offer new jobless benefit plan

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate negotiators on
Thursday mulled a new Democratic proposal to revive federal
unemployment benefits until mid-November and pay the $18 billion
price tag with new spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid said.

“The package does what the Republicans wanted,” Reid said on
the Senate floor. He said the cost of renewing the jobless
benefits for about 1.4 million long-term unemployed Americans
would be “entirely paid for” and would contain “structural
changes they (Republicans) were demanding.”

Jan 9, 2014

Senate negotiators near deal on unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate negotiators were close to a deal on extending expired jobless benefits through November and paying the estimated $18 billion cost through future spending cuts, a senior Senate Democratic aide said on Thursday.

The potential deal, which was still under discussion, could be unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid later on Thursday.

Jan 7, 2014

Obama-backed jobless bill clears Republican roadblock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a U.S. Senate Republican procedural roadblock on Tuesday.

On a largely party-line vote of 60-37 – 60 were needed to prevail – the Democratic-led Senate agreed to begin consideration of the measure, which would extend recently ended benefits for three months at a cost of $6 billion.

Jan 7, 2014

Yellen approved to head Fed; only Republicans vote ‘no’

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Janet Yellen, a key force
behind the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented and controversial
efforts to boost the U.S. economy, was confirmed by the Senate
on Monday to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind
that stimulus.

When she succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term
as Fed chairman expires on Jan. 31, Yellen will become the first
woman to run the Fed in its 100-year history and just one of a
handful of women heading central banks globally. She is
currently the Fed’s vice chair.

Jan 6, 2014

Janet Yellen gets final stamp of approval to head U.S. Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Janet Yellen, a key force behind the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented and controversial efforts to boost the U.S. economy, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind that stimulus.

When she succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term as Fed chairman expires on January 31, Yellen will become the first woman to run the Fed in its 100-year history and just one of a handful of women heading central banks globally. She is currently the Fed’s vice chair.

Jan 6, 2014

Yellen gets final stamp of approval to head U.S. Fed

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Janet Yellen, a key force
behind the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented and controversial
efforts to boost the U.S. economy, was confirmed by the Senate
on Monday to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind
that stimulus.

When she succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term
as Fed chairman expires on Jan. 31, Yellen will become the first
woman to run the Fed in its 100-year history and just one of a
handful of women heading central banks globally. She is
currently the Fed’s vice chair.

    • About Richard

      "I have been a Washington correspondent for Reuters since 2001. I have written about climate change and the environment, the U.S. Congress, politics, economic issues and agricultural trade disputes."
    • Follow Richard