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Jul 8, 2014

Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion for immigration crisis

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – The White House asked the
U.S. Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending on Tuesday
to address a cross-border surge of children from Central America
that is taxing public resources and causing a political headache
for President Barack Obama.

It was Obama’s most substantive response to date as he
struggles to gain control of a humanitarian crisis along the
Texas border with Mexico. The money would both pay to care for
the children and accelerate a return to their home countries.

Jul 8, 2014

White House says most children at border to be sent home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay as the Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for $2 billion to address the border crisis.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said most of the border-crossers would not qualify to stay in the United States.

Jul 7, 2014

White House says most children crossing border to be sent home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay as the Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for $2 billion to address the border crisis.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said most of the border-crossers would not qualify for humanitarian relief that would allow them to stay in the United States.

Jul 4, 2014

On July Fourth holiday, Obama urges immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Americans on the Independence Day holiday on Friday that welcoming immigrants to the United States is “central to our way of life” as he made an impassioned argument for a new immigration policy.

“We have to fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass common-sense immigration reform,” Obama said at a White House ceremony for 25 foreign-born men and women who gained American citizenship for their service in the U.S. military.

Jun 30, 2014

White House defends Obama’s pick to lead veterans affairs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday defended President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the troubled Veterans Administration, stressing that the nominee is a seasoned manager and dismissing concerns that he may lack a understanding of issues facing recent war veterans.

Obama announced at the Veterans Administration building that he is nominating Bob McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to be the next secretary of veterans affairs. Obama called McDonald “one of our nation’s most accomplished business leaders and managers.”

Jun 30, 2014

Obama says to reform immigration on his own, bypassing Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he would take executive action to reform the U.S. immigration system after hopes of passing legislation in Congress officially died.

Republican John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, told Obama last week that his chamber would not vote on immigration reform this year, killing chances that a wide-ranging bill passed by the Senate would become law.

Jun 30, 2014

Obama to use executive actions to advance immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce on Monday his intention to take executive action to address the “broken” U.S. immigration system after hopes of passing a broad reform bill in Congress officially died.

Republican John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, informed Obama last week that the House would not vote on immigration reform this year, a White House official said, killing chances that a wide-ranging bill passed by the Senate would become law.

Jun 29, 2014

Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as veterans secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has chosen former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Bob McDonald, an Army veteran, as his nominee to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, a senior Obama administration official said on Sunday.

Obama’s announcement of McDonald, 61, will be made this week, possibly on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would be tasked with repairing the Veterans Administration after widespread evidence of delays in military veterans getting healthcare at VA facilities.

Jun 29, 2014

Obama to seek $2 billion from Congress to tackle child migrant crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to deal with the surge in unaccompanied children from Central America flooding into the United States along its southern border.

Obama will make the request for emergency funding in a letter on Monday, asking Congress to act when it returns from a holiday recess on July 7, a White House official said on Sunday.

Jun 27, 2014

White House review of Veterans Administration finds ‘corrosive culture’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that a review of the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration found significant and chronic failures across the board at the agency and that a corrosive culture has led to personnel problems.

The findings emerged after President Barack Obama met with acting Veterans Secretary Sloan Gibson and the White House official assigned to investigate the agency, Rob Nabors.

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