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Feb 24, 2015

U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama’s immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week.

The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday.

Feb 24, 2015

Short-term U.S. security funding idea gains ground in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A short-term funding extension for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gained ground on Monday among Senate Republicans as a possible option to deal with a stalled spending bill and a Friday deadline looming for a partial shutdown of the agency.

The Senate failed for a fourth time to advance a $39.7 billion bill to fund the agency that includes Republican-authored provisions to block President Barack Obama’s recent immigration orders.

Feb 13, 2015

Choices dwindle for U.S. Republicans in security, immigration fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans are running
out of options to pass a Homeland Security funding bill that
blocks President Barack Obama’s immigration orders, raising the
threat of another showdown that could idle parts of a key
government agency.

With a Feb. 27 deadline looming, Republican House and Senate
leaders have been unable to agree on a strategy to extend the
spending authority of the agency charged with securing U.S.
borders, airports and coastal waters.

Feb 11, 2015

U.S. House speaker tells Senate Democrats: act on security funds

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner blamed Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday
for an impasse over legislation to fund the Department of
Homeland Security, which secures U.S. borders and runs
counterterrorism efforts.

Using salty language, Boehner insisted the Senate must make
the next move on the legislation, which Republicans in the House
have written so that it also blocks President Barack Obama’s
actions on immigration.

Feb 6, 2015

U.S. Benghazi panel plans to interview Susan Rice, other officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, plans to interview at least 20 officials including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta and ex-CIA head David Petraeus, the committee said Friday.

The list of interviewees – a veritable “who’s who” of U.S. foreign policy and national security officials – emerged as Democrats complained about the “unlimited” budget of the Select Committee on Benghazi and its open-ended schedule, as it covers similar ground to earlier investigations.

Feb 3, 2015

US security showdown looms as Democrats defend Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats were
poised on Tuesday to torpedo Republicans’ plans to block
President Obama’s immigration action through a Department of
Homeland Security funding bill, setting up a month-end showdown
that could put the agency at risk.

Congress faces a Feb. 27 deadline to renew funding for the
department, which spearheads domestic counterterrorism efforts
and secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. A DHS
spending bill passed by House Republicans last month, however,
would ban spending on Obama’s recent executive orders lifting
the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented
immigrants.

Jan 29, 2015

Keystone XL advances in U.S. Senate, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will likely
pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline
on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack
Obama would veto.

Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority
of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in
November. But they are several votes shy of the 67 needed in the
100-member chamber to override any veto.

Jan 22, 2015

Abortion debate roils U.S. House on Roe v. Wade anniversary

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives passed a bill permanently barring federal
funding of abortions on Thursday after Republican leaders
dropped harsher anti-abortion legislation due to opposition from
some of the party’s moderate lawmakers.

Passage of the bill, and the setback for conservative House
Republicans when the more restrictive abortion legislation was
set aside, came on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
decision legalizing the procedure.

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. Republicans struggle to block Obama immigration moves

By David Lawder and Susan Cornwell

HERSHEY, Pa. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican lawmakers acknowledged on Thursday it will be difficult for the Senate to pass a House of Representatives bill blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration initiatives, and vowed not to put security funding at risk in the process.

At a policy retreat in Pennsylvania, House and Senate Republicans discussed the path forward after the House approved a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would halt the executive actions on immigration.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. Chamber head criticizes ‘economic populist’ Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce charged on Wednesday that Senator Elizabeth Warren
and other backers of what he called “economic populism” were
actually seeking a state-run economy.

Thomas Donohue, the chamber’s president and a top business
lobbyist, said he did not think most Americans shared the views
of Warren, a liberal Democrat and Wall Street critic who is
considered a possible presidential contender. She has denied
interest in running for the White House.