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Apr 12, 2015

Kerry says he stands by presentation of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended on Sunday his presentation of a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program after a different interpretation was offered by Iran’s supreme leader, and a prominent U.S. senator said Kerry was “delusional.”

“I will stand by every fact that I have said,” Kerry told ABC’s “This Week.”

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. conservatives threaten delay to fixing Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative objections over spending are raising doubts over whether the U.S. Senate can quickly approve legislation fixing the Medicare physician payment system, in a possible setback for Republicans keen to show they can get things done.

Some Senate conservatives are threatening to insist that the measure be fully paid for, after the House of Representatives passed a version of the “doc fix” bill two weeks ago that would expand the federal deficit.

Apr 7, 2015

Obama faces Democrat defiance in Congress over Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats are aligning with Republicans to support a bill giving Congress the opportunity to approve or reject sanctions relief in an Iran nuclear deal, and are close to forming a veto-proof majority that U.S. President Barack Obama says could undermine the delicate final stage of negotiations.

The support for the legislation by lawmakers in Obama’s party illustrates the depth of concern in Washington over the threat posed by Iran and the concern of many lawmakers that they are being shut out of the process to contain it.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. senators propose fix to controversial education law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior U.S. senators released a
bipartisan proposal on Tuesday that would shrink federal
influence on U.S. elementary and secondary education, keeping a
mandate for annual tests, but letting U.S. states decide how to
use the results.

The proposal is a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, a law
signed in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. It required
that U.S. children take annual standardized tests, and
sanctioned schools that do not meet performance targets.

Mar 28, 2015

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office.

Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year.

Mar 27, 2015

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; favors Schumer to replace him as leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and swiftly threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader.

“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid said in an interview with The Washington Post, referring to the selection of the next head of the Senate Democratic caucus, a post that will be filled after November 2016 elections.

Mar 26, 2015

Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress’s only option

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi’s cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue.

Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader.

Mar 26, 2015

US House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to
permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare
physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending
the issue next to the Senate.

The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House
Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would
fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It
would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. House passes bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 25, 2015

Obama ready to sign bipartisan fix for Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he was ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, signaling support for a bipartisan effort by U.S. House of Representatives leaders.

“Congress is working to fix the Medicare physician payment system. I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama, a Democrat, said at the White House, adding that this would be “really exciting.”