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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.”

Jul 29, 2015

U.S. House conservative files motion to oust Speaker Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a motion on Tuesday to try to oust fellow Republican John Boehner from his leadership position, saying he was tired of a “punitive culture” against dissidents in the lawmaking body.

It is unlikely the motion by Representative Mark Meadows to remove Boehner as Speaker of the House will pass or even come to a vote, but it highlights the friction within the Republican Party ahead of a presidential election in 2016.

Jul 28, 2015

Enticed by highway money, U.S. Congress revisits corporate tax break

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is setting the stage for months of debate on a tax break for overseas corporate profits, a perennial proposal made over by being linked to another issue, funding for highway construction.

The tax-break-for-road-funding package has backers but also many critics in Washington. By the end of 2015, it could provide a short-term highway funding solution and have a long-lasting impact on corporate tax policy.

Jul 10, 2015

Democrats urge probe into Ingersoll-Rand’s U.S. contracts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday urged a probe of federal contracts being awarded to manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Plc, saying this violates U.S. law banning federal contract awards to “inverted” companies that have reincorporated abroad to avoid U.S. taxes.

The Democrats wrote to the Army inspector general to query a contract they said Ingersoll Rand received from the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to demand an investigation into reports that the company had been cleared for federal contracts.

Jul 9, 2015

House cancels vote to allow Confederate flag in cemeteries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday abruptly canceled a vote on a measure that would allow the Confederate battle flag to be flown in cemeteries operated by the National Park Service, after an outcry by opponents.

The House canceled consideration of a fiscal 2016 spending bill for the Interior Department, which funds the park service. An amendment to that bill, by Republican Representative Ken Calvert of California, was pending and would have continued to allow the use and sale of Confederate flags in national parks.

Jul 8, 2015

Relatives of Charleston victims urge Congress to vote on gun law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Relatives and friends of the victims of last month’s shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church traveled to Washington on Wednesday to demand that U.S. lawmakers vote on legislation to expand background checks on gun sales.

But their chances of success are at best considered slim. Similar legislation failed a Senate vote two years ago after 20 children were shot to death in the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut.

Jun 29, 2015

State Department won’t say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say whether Secretary of State John Kerry would be willing to testify to a Republican-controlled congressional panel that is probing a 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, told CBS television on Sunday he would seek Kerry’s testimony if the panel does not get “satisfaction” on why Kerry has been so “recalcitrant” in handing over State Department documents from the period of the attack.

Jun 26, 2015

Top Obamacare official looks ahead after Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. official overseeing Obamacare said on Friday she has not seen any indication that states will back away from running their own health insurance marketplaces now that the Supreme Court has validated the federal insurance exchange.

Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services, also said she expected enrollment in both the state and federal health insurance exchanges established under the 2010 Affordable Care Act — called Obamacare — to decline from 10.2 million currently to 9.1 million by the end of 2015. That was the number her department had originally set as a goal for 2015.

Jun 25, 2015

Republicans to fight Obamacare through election campaign despite ruling

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Republicans will keep
attacking Obamacare in Congress and on the presidential election
campaign trail to energize right-wing voters and raise money,
but there was little chance of the signature healthcare law
being rolled back before 2017, political analysts said.

A ruling Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a central
part of the Affordable Care Act as it is formally known – the
second time the court has confirmed the legality of President
Barack Obama’s biggest domestic achievement.