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Feb 12, 2014

Congress votes to repeal military pension cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress joined together on Wednesday to reverse a cut in pensions for working-age military retirees, as lawmakers yielded to election-year pressure to scrap a deficit reduction measure they approved only two months ago.

Final action came when the Senate voted 95-3 in favor of a measure that had been overwhelmingly embraced by the House a day earlier.

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. Congress approves debt limit hike after Senate drama

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress approved
legislation on Wednesday to extend U.S. federal borrowing
authority for a year, bowing to President Barack Obama’s
demands for a debt limit increase without any conditions.

But final action in the Senate came only after an hour-long
nail-biting procedural vote forced by the objections of
Republican Ted Cruz, a conservative Tea Party favorite, in which
it appeared at first there would not be enough Republicans to
join the Democratic majority and advance the bill.

Feb 10, 2014

U.S. Senator Cruz urges broad Republican focus on energy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans should think beyond their support of the Keystone XL pipeline for other ways to encourage U.S. energy production, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a potential 2016 White House contender and Tea Party favorite, said on Monday.

Cruz, who has been criticized by some Republicans for the role he played in last year’s government shutdown battle, appeared to be trying to expand his focus beyond U.S. government debt and problems with President Obama’s healthcare law to take on energy as a signature issue.

Feb 10, 2014

Debt limit rise should be tied to budget cuts: Senator Cruz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand who egged on Republicans in the House of Representatives during last year’s government shutdown battle, said on Monday it would be “irresponsible” for Congress to grant President Barack Obama a debt limit increase without spending reforms.

Cruz, who spoke to reporters after remarks at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said he hoped the House would not “go down that road” of agreeing to an increase in the government’s borrowing authority without demanding measures to rein in long-term deficits.

Feb 10, 2014

Debt limit rise should be tied to budget cuts -U.S. Senator Cruz

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the
Tea Party firebrand who egged on Republicans in the House of
Representatives during last year’s government shutdown battle,
said on Monday it would be “irresponsible” for Congress to grant
President Barack Obama a debt limit increase without spending
reforms.

Cruz, who spoke to reporters after remarks at the Heritage
Foundation think tank, said he hoped the House would not “go
down that road” of agreeing to an increase in the government’s
borrowing authority without demanding measures to rein in
long-term deficits.

Feb 5, 2014

Conservative lawmakers split on debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans differed on Wednesday over their party’s approach to raising the U.S. debt ceiling, underscoring the challenges faced by House Speaker John Boehner as Congress considers the Obama administration’s request for an increase in the federal government’s borrowing authority.

At a question-and-answer session with reporters, Representative Joe Barton said Republicans should push for deficit reduction in exchange for a debt-limit increase.

Feb 1, 2014

Republicans, eyeing elections, paper over divisions

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers, hoping to ride the disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to victory in the November congressional elections, are trying to put internal fights behind them and unify around a proposed Obamacare replacement.

During a two-day retreat on Maryland’s frozen eastern shore, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also sought to shed the image they acquired during last October’s government shutdown as a cantankerous opposition party.

Jan 30, 2014

Republicans wary as they weigh immigration reforms

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans began two days of meetings on Thursday ready to discuss immigration reforms amid doubts among some lawmakers that they would be able to advance significant legislation in this mid-term election year.

Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the start of the closed-door conference that there would be discussions on immigration and on a series of Republican “principles” developed by leaders of the party, which controls the House.

Jan 24, 2014

Republicans seek own policy cure to replace Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Republicans are saying they can no longer just be the party of “No” on Obamacare: They need to come up with an alternative healthcare policy.

While many Americans are skeptical of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, they also tell lawmakers they worry about keeping their costs from getting out of control. For those voters, a party that offers a platform to repeal the 2010 law without anything to replace it may not be very attractive.

Jan 10, 2014

Many Democrats support House Obamacare security proposal

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – A bill targeting potential
security problems with the Obamacare website passed the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Friday with
the support of dozens of Democrats, despite opposition from the
White House.

The House voted 291-122 to approve legislation by Republican
Representative Joe Pitts that would require the government to
notify Americans within two days if their personal information
has been compromised on the federal website, HealthCare.gov,
where consumers can shop and buy health insurance.