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Feb 4, 2014

U.S. Republicans seek to tie debt limit to deficit cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Republicans said on Tuesday
they hoped to attach deficit-reduction measures to legislation
raising the U.S. debt limit, but a new government report that
forecast less red ink in the near term threatened to undercut
their efforts.

“Nobody wants to default on our debt,” House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters following a
closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans in the Capitol.

Feb 1, 2014

Republicans, eyeing elections, paper over divisions

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers, hoping to ride the disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to victory in the November congressional elections, are trying to put internal fights behind them and unify around a proposed Obamacare replacement.

During a two-day retreat on Maryland’s frozen eastern shore, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also sought to shed the image they acquired during last October’s government shutdown as a cantankerous opposition party.

Jan 30, 2014

Republicans wary as they weigh immigration reforms

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans began two days of meetings on Thursday ready to discuss immigration reforms amid doubts among some lawmakers that they would be able to advance significant legislation in this mid-term election year.

Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the start of the closed-door conference that there would be discussions on immigration and on a series of Republican “principles” developed by leaders of the party, which controls the House.

Jan 29, 2014

House immigration reform effort has conservatives on edge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans voiced skepticism on the prospects for immigration legislation on Wednesday, a day before House Republican leaders were to brief their rank-and-file on broad principles for advancing immigration bills.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan, an outspoken voice among House conservatives, told Reuters that it would be “very difficult” for the House to pass a bill in this election year that would legalize many of the 11 million undocumented people currently living in the United States.

Jan 29, 2014

Republicans respond and respond to Obama State of Union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress responded in competing voices on Tuesday to President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address as various wings of the party vied to advance their prescriptions for the country’s best way forward.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who was set to deliver the sanctioned Republican response to Obama, will queue up long-held party doctrine that “champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you.”

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.”

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