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Mar 24, 2015

Medicare doctor pay fix prospects brighten in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner said on Tuesday that prospects were good for
passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay
formula, a move that would spare physicians from impending pay

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
another short-term repair like the ones resorted to previously.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. House leader says prospects good for fixing Medicare doctor pay

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that
prospects were good for passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s
flawed doctor-pay formula that would spare physicians from
impending steep pay cuts.

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
the kind of short-term repair that has been resorted to

Mar 23, 2015

Obamacare subsidies likely expanded insurance coverage -report

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Early evidence suggests
that the tax credit subsidies at the core of President Barack
Obama’s healthcare reform law likely helped expand U.S. health
insurance coverage last year, Congress’s non-partisan research
arm said on Monday.

The subsidies – which can be paid by the federal government
to insurers in advance to lower monthly insurance premiums –
significantly reduced the premium costs, the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. abortion politics snag effort to fix doctors’ Medicare pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Abortion politics in the U.S. Congress, already holding up a human trafficking bill and a key Obama administration nomination, are now also complicating bipartisan talks on a deal that would spare physicians from Medicare pay cuts.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and another senior Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, say they’re worried that an emerging House of Representatives deal to rewrite Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay formula will include anti-abortion language.

Mar 19, 2015

Emails sought of nearly a dozen U.S. State Dept. workers under Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress has subpoenaed the emails of “close to a dozen” people who worked in the State Department for Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, the chairman of the U.S. House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Thursday.

Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, told Reuters these included aides to Clinton and perhaps “aides to aides.”

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. House leaders pursue lasting fix for doctors’ Medicare pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are pursuing a bipartisan deal to spare physicians from recurring Medicare pay cuts, but the two leaders face a familiar conundrum: how to pay for it.

Hundreds of thousands of doctors who participate in traditional Medicare face a 21 percent cut in their reimbursements on April 1. The cut is part of a 1990s cost-saving initiative for the government healthcare program, which today serves 54 million elderly and disabled people.

Mar 17, 2015

Republican congressman with ‘Downton Abbey’ office resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, a Republican from Illinois whose Downton Abbey-styled office launched a series of media reports questioning his use of taxpayer dollars, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress.

The 33-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois had been a rising star in House Republican circles since he was elected in 2008. But he said in a statement that he was stepping down “with a heavy heart.”

Mar 17, 2015

Attorney general candidate Lynch faces tough test in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice of Loretta Lynch to be the next top U.S. law enforcement official is ensnared in infighting over abortion and immigration policy and, if that can be overcome, a tight vote once her nomination arrives before the Senate.

Congressional vote counters on Tuesday were speculating on the possibility of a 50-50 Senate tie, which would result in her confirmation as attorney general, assuming Democratic Vice President Joe Biden broke the deadlock by voting for her.

Mar 4, 2015

Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed. Thirty-seven senators voted to sustain Obama’s veto. The Senate action means the House of Representatives will not vote on override.

Feb 25, 2015

Senate Republican offers plan to avert security funding crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders took a tentative step on Tuesday that could avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but it was unclear if House Speaker John Boehner and restive conservatives would support a new concession to Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was willing to hold a vote on a Homeland Security funding bill that is free of provisions blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration actions, if Democrats agree to vote on a stand-alone bill that halts Obama’s November immigration order.