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Jan 8, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner douses gas tax hopes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner said on Thursday he doubted there were enough votes
in the new Republican-majority Congress to raise gasoline taxes.

“I’ve never voted to raise the gas tax,” the Ohio Republican
told reporters.

Jan 7, 2015

As prices fall at the pump, some U.S. lawmakers eye gas tax hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As U.S. gasoline prices plunge to the lowest level in more than five years, some U.S. lawmakers see a golden opportunity to bump up taxes at the pump to help pay for the repair of crumbling roads and bridges.

Fuel taxes have been flat for more than 20 years, starving the Highway Trust Fund of revenue used for rising infrastructure repair costs. Lawmakers have fueled the fund with last-minute short-term injections of cash, but want to find a more permanent fix.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. House Speaker says in talks over renegades’ ouster from key panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans wrestled on Wednesday with fallout from a rebellion against Speaker John Boehner and debated whether two members of their rank and file should face retribution for opposing Boehner’s re-election to the top House job.

Having stripped two dissident lawmakers from a powerful House committee, Boehner hinted at a possible reversal, saying he was engaged in a “family conversation” about the matter with House Republican lawmakers.

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Obama pick for immigration job despite tussle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice for a senior immigration enforcement job, defying Republicans who tried to block the nomination to protest Obama’s executive order granting deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.

Sarah Saldana, currently the chief U.S. prosecutor in Dallas, Texas, was confirmed on a 55-39 vote to be director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. Senate approves Vivek Murthy as new surgeon general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate confirmed the long-delayed nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general on Monday, as Democrats pushed to approve some of President Barack Obama’s stalled choices for government posts before Republicans take power in Congress next year.

Obama’s pick for the top U.S. public health job was approved 51-43. Earlier, Murthy barely cleared a procedural hurdle after he drew opposition over his support for stricter gun regulations.

Dec 15, 2014

U.S. Senate approves new surgeon general

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate confirmed the
long-delayed nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general
on Monday, as Democrats pushed to approve some of President
Barack Obama’s stalled choices for government posts before
Republicans take power in Congress next year.

Obama’s pick for the top U.S. public health job was approved
51-43. Earlier, Murthy barely cleared a procedural hurdle after
he drew opposition over his support for stricter gun
regulations.

Dec 15, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats push votes on Obama’s nominees

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – With the clock ticking down
on their Senate majority, Democrats pushed on Monday to win
approval for some of President Barack Obama’s stalled
nominations for government posts.

Leading the list is Vivek Murthy, Obama’s choice for the top
U.S. public health job of surgeon general, who has drawn
opposition over his support for stricter gun regulations, and
Sarah Saldana, whose nomination to head the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement office became bogged down after she said the
president’s executive action on immigration was legal.

Dec 11, 2014

Democrats balk at U.S. spending bill, raising shutdown risk

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats
objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political
campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending
bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.

The complaints from House of Representatives Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats clouded the chances for
passage of the funding bill as a midnight Thursday deadline drew
near.

Dec 9, 2014

Obamacare consultant apologizes for remarks about stupidity of voters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber apologized on Tuesday for his recent remarks about “the stupidity of the American voter,” telling a congressional committee he did not think President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law was passed in a deceptive manner.

    Gruber, a healthcare economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he had not intended to denigrate the 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Dec 7, 2014

Congressional Republicans to grill Obamacare consultant at hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress plan to renew their attacks on President Barack Obama and his signature healthcare plan on Tuesday when they grill a consultant who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped ensure the law’s passage.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said panel members will ask consultant Jonathan Gruber about possible deceptions and a lack of transparency in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.