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Aug 26, 2015

U.S. ‘deficit hawks’ keep up fight despite fading interest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. government’s budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington “deficit hawk” community it bankrolls are unfazed.

Among the capital’s many activists, few names are as closely linked to one issue as the Peterson family is with attacking the deficit and the federal debt.

Aug 10, 2015

Another U.S. senator lines up in support of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Brian Schatz said on Monday he backs the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran, becoming the 16th senator to do so and moving President Barack Obama one vote closer to locking in enough Senate votes to make the deal fly.

A liberal, Jewish-born lawmaker from Hawaii, Schatz had been expected to come down in favor of the deal. But his decision was noteworthy because it came just a few days after another Jewish senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York, announced his opposition to the Iran agreement.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Democrats said on Friday that
they would have enough votes to ensure that the U.S.-led
international nuclear deal with Iran survives review by
Congress, despite influential Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer
saying he would vote against it.

A spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin, who counts Democratic
votes as the Senate’s minority whip and who supports the deal,
said Democrats were still confident they could rebuff Republican
attempts to sink the agreement in a showdown next month.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Congress inquiry into Planned Parenthood widens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Planned Parenthood officials
and three private bio-medical firms were targeted on Friday by a
U.S. congressional panel as lawmakers dig deeper into a
controversy swirling around the women’s health organization.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee made public a
letter requesting interviews with personnel from the
organization who appeared in surreptitiously recorded videos in
discussions about providing fetal tissue for research.

Aug 6, 2015

Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd’: Senate leader McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “absurd” to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement and going to war.

Obama made a “huge mistake” with that argument, McConnell, a Republican, told reporters in response to a speech by Obama on Wednesday.

Aug 6, 2015

U.S. Senate leader McConnell: Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd’

WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s
pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “absurd” to argue
that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement and
going to war.

Obama made a “huge mistake” with that argument, McConnell, a
Republican, told reporters in response to a speech by Obama on
Wednesday.

Aug 6, 2015

Republicans tangle over next steps on Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress want to keep pressing the attack on Planned Parenthood by trying to cut off its federal funds, but Republican leaders are sounding wary with crucial tax and budget issues looming ahead.

After three weeks of controversy over the women’s healthcare and abortion provider, Republicans are in disarray over their next steps in a fight that could run for months if it gets enmeshed in a budget debate on track to begin next month.

Aug 3, 2015

Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber, but it received only 53 votes.

Jul 31, 2015

Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group’s records show.

Safari Club International said it had suspended member Walter Palmer and called for an inquiry into the death of a lion known as Cecil. The big cat’s killing has triggered an international furor and an investigation by U.S. wildlife authorities.

Jul 29, 2015

House Speaker Boehner brushes off call for his ouster

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner on Wednesday brushed off a conservative lawmaker’s call for his ouster, saying it was “no big deal” because he has broad support among Republicans who form the majority in the chamber.

Boehner said that the fellow Republican who introduced the resolution on Tuesday, Representative Mark Meadows, is just one member of Congress, adding that Meadows’ motion “isn’t even deserving of a vote.”