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Nov 20, 2014

Some Senate Democrats balk at Obama’s unilateral immigration approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Democratic senators are uncomfortable with President Barack Obama’s decision to use executive action to make immigration reform, raising the possibility of open, bipartisan resistance to his plan.

The senators, most from conservative states, objected to Obama’s unilateral approach, saying on Wednesday that they preferred Congress to take the lead with legislation. Democrats should try again to work with Republicans in Congress to set reforms in law, many said.

Nov 19, 2014

Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A bill to force approval of
the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday,
sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation
that several fellow Democrats supported.

The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for
passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters,
including Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana who
faces a runoff election on Dec. 6. She has staked her hopes of
winning on the Keystone gambit.

Nov 18, 2014

Keystone XL pipeline chances dim in U.S. Senate as King says ‘no’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds on Tuesday in passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada after one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” said he would vote against the project.

“Congress is not – nor should it be – in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project,” Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine, said in a news release.

Nov 15, 2014

Paul Ryan may have to choose between White House and committee chair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential Republican president candidates, including Representative Paul Ryan, may have to choose between the lure of the White House and chairing a congressional committee under a new rule approved on Friday in the House of Representatives.

Ryan, a 44-year-old conservative from Wisconsin who was his party’s nominee for vice president in 2012, is chairman of the House budget committee in the current Congress. He has said he wants to chair the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in the new Congress that takes office in January.

Nov 14, 2014

House Republicans split on how to thwart Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives struggled on Friday to reach a consensus on how to stop President Barack Obama from easing U.S. immigration policies, as moderates in the party resisted efforts to use government funding as leverage.

Several Republicans, including some in leadership, said they were trying to find alternatives that would stop short of directly threatening a government shutdown.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House passes Keystone bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress.

The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been considering it for more than six years. No Republicans voted against the measure, while 31 Democrats voted for the bill.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House passes Keystone bill, but Senate prospects are unclear

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House
of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday,
but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the
Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his
veto if the bill does get through Congress.

The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents
the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion
project by the Obama administration, which has been considering
it for more than six years. No Republicans voted against the
measure, while 31 Democrats voted for the bill.

Nov 11, 2014

U.S. Congress to vote this week on party leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will select party leaders this week for the new Congress that begins in January, and most candidates are running uncontested with no surprises anticipated, lawmakers and aides said.

In the Senate, where Republicans will take control from Democrats in January following big gains in the Nov. 4 midterm elections, both parties are expected to vote on Thursday to keep their current top leaders.

Aug 20, 2014

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution’s charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing.

Supporters said the bank’s charter, which expires Sept. 30, could receive a short-term extension as part of a stop-gap government funding measure that lawmakers must pass before the end of the fiscal year.

Aug 15, 2014

U.S. lawmakers want to end transfers of military equipment to police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers alarmed by the aggressive police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are pushing for Congress to limit the Pentagon’s ability to provide civilian police departments with military equipment such as armored vehicles designed for the battlefield.

Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson wrote colleagues in the House of Representatives this week seeking support for legislation to curtail a program that passes surplus equipment from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to municipal U.S. police forces, free of charge.