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Nov 19, 2014

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.

Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country.

Nov 19, 2014

Obama to ease immigration rules on millions of undocumented: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to give relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or of permanent legal residents, according to a source familiar with White House deliberations.

Obama has promised to lay out the details of an executive order on immigration. The action could come as early as this week.

Nov 18, 2014

U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama.

With the chamber apparently stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu worked hard on Monday to gather one last vote. Late in the day it seemed the Louisiana Democrat would come up just short, likely hurting her chances of winning a new six-year term in a December run-off election.

Nov 17, 2014

Keystone Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic.

With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of Representatives approved on Friday. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. EST (2315 GMT) on Tuesday on TransCanada Corp’s project that would transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of oil.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. House set to vote on Keystone pipeline on Friday

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House
of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the
controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport
oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but the bill still
faces hurdles to final passage.

The House planned to begin debating the bill, which is
expected to pass that chamber, on Thursday. The legislation
would approve TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion pipeline
which has been in the works for six years.

Nov 7, 2014

Obama to host U.S. Congress leaders as post-election battles boil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican victors of Tuesday’s U.S. congressional elections break bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday as the two sides assess what legislation can be enacted in coming months despite years of confrontation.

In the run-up to the lunch meeting at the White House, it was clear that in this post-election era, Obama and Republicans controlling the Congress next year would continue going at each other, just as they did before the Nov. 4 vote.

Nov 6, 2014

Boehner touts bills to repeal Obamacare, build Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans will use their new dominance of Congress to repeal or cut back President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline and trim the nation’s debt, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

In his first news conference since Republicans seized full control of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, Boehner also warned that Obama will jeopardize any hope of passing immigration reforms during the remainder of his presidency if he uses executive action to loosen immigration regulations.

Nov 6, 2014

U.S. Speaker Boehner touts bills to repeal Obamacare, build Keystone

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Republicans will use their new
dominance of Congress to repeal or cut back President Barack
Obama’s health care reforms, approve the Keystone XL oil
pipeline and trim the nation’s debt, House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

In his first news conference since Republicans seized full
control of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, Boehner also warned
that Obama will jeopardize any hope of passing immigration
reforms during the remainder of his presidency if he uses
executive action to loosen immigration regulations.

Nov 5, 2014

Obama seeks $6.2 billion to combat Ebola: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to approve $6.18 billion in new emergency funds this fiscal year to combat Ebola where it is raging in West Africa, as well as in the United States.

According to documents provided to Congress, the administration wants lawmakers to provide $4.5 billion in funds for immediate response to the deadly disease and another $1.5 billion in contingency money.

Nov 5, 2014

Victorious U.S. Republicans face familiar dilemma – fight or cut deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalise on their new control of the U.S. Congress. Some lawmakers were eager to use their new muscle to step up attacks on President Barack Obama, while others talked hopefully of compromises that could lead to rare bipartisan legislation.

The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and conservatives in their caucuses to show Americans that Republicans can govern and not just obstruct Obama’s legislative agenda.

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