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Dec 18, 2013

Tea Party conservatives shift to fight over raising U.S. debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Even as a touch of bipartisan
bonhomie settles over Washington with the pending passage of a
budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their
next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps
up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

Tea Party-oriented conservatives, who failed in efforts to
stop the budget deal, say they may have a better chance at
attaching new fiscal restraints to legislation raising the U.S.
debt ceiling.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec named to oversee Obamacare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the appointment of a former Microsoft Corp executive to oversee its revamped HealthCare.gov website and expand on technology improvements achieved by the site’s outgoing czar, Jeffrey Zients.

Kurt DelBene, who recently retired as head of the software company’s Microsoft Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the website, which was set up to provide federally subsidized health insurance to millions of consumers in 36 states.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kurt DelBene, a recently retired Microsoft executive who headed the software giant’s Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the federal government’s website for health insurance, the government said on Tuesday.

DelBene, who starts his new job on Wednesday, will replace Jeffrey Zients, a long-time aide to President Barack Obama who starts a new job as top economic adviser at the White House in the new year.

Dec 13, 2013

Analysis: Despite budget deal, atmosphere at U.S. Capitol remains toxic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anyone expecting a new era of good feeling to break out on Capitol Hill in the wake of this week’s bipartisan budget deal should probably forget about it.

That was the clear message from most lawmakers interviewed on Friday as well as from close observers of Congress, after the deal passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday on its way to the Senate.

Dec 12, 2013

Republican feud boils over in U.S. budget deal fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The bitter ideological feud tearing at the Republican Party boiled over on Thursday as the U.S. Congress considered a bipartisan budget deal with angry recriminations between the Republicans’ top elected leader and the powerful conservative organizations that have been tormenting him for years.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the outside groups had stepped over a line and “lost credibility” in fighting the deal.

Dec 12, 2013

Boehner erupts at conservative groups ahead of U.S. budget vote

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who
oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as
lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

The Republican Boehner said groups had “lost all
credibility” and stepped “over the line” by urging lawmakers to
oppose the bill, which would avoid showdowns for about two years
and blunt some of the automatic budget cuts known as the
“sequester”.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. budget deal heads for tense vote in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

The Republican Boehner said external groups had “lost all credibility” and stepped “over the line” by urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, which would avoid showdowns for about two years and mitigate some of the automatic budget cuts known as the “sequester”.

Dec 7, 2013

Obama takes up new agenda item after battering on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans.

It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain.

Dec 4, 2013

U.S. Republicans broaden attacks on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs.

They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that go beyond the potentially transitory issues of the website, HealthCare.gov, and cancellations of several million insurance policies that did not meet the law’s standards.

Nov 16, 2013

House passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy.

The measure, which would allow insurance companies to renew and sell inexpensive, limited-coverage policies that have been canceled because they don’t meet the standards of the new healthcare law that took effect on October 1, passed 261-157.