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Dec 3, 2014

U.S. conservatives stand firm against funding for immigration order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans on Wednesday resisted a plan to avert a budget fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration order, raising the likelihood that the spending struggle in Congress could last right up to the Dec. 11 deadline for a government shutdown.

Tea Party lawmakers stood firm against House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to pass a spending bill keeping most of the government running through September 2015 and postponing the battle over immigration until early next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate and expand their House majority.

Dec 3, 2014

Tea Party more subdued, pragmatic as budget deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tea Party Republicans who led the charge into a 16-day government shutdown last year are now taking a more pragmatic approach as they weigh options how to fight President Barack Obama’s immigration order.

Pushed by their dissident wing, Republicans blocked government funding in September 2013 in a bid to stop Obama’s healthcare reform law, but now numerous Tea Party members appear reluctant to take the battle over immigration that far.

Dec 2, 2014

Republican Boehner tries to avoid spending fight on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration into 2015.

At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how to handle a must-pass government spending bill, Republicans said Boehner argued for funding most of the government through next September but only giving a short-term extension to the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that would implement the executive orders Obama announced on Nov. 20.

Dec 1, 2014

Boehner to seek support for plan to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will try to sell fellow Republicans this week on a government spending bill that avoids a shutdown fight but allows the party to strike back at President Barack Obama’s immigration order.

Republicans have a lot riding on their handling of must-pass government funding. Having scored huge wins in Nov. 4 voting that handed them a majority in the Senate and gave them a bigger majority in the House, Republican leaders want to demonstrate that they can govern responsibly next year.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama announces action on sweeping U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
planned on Thursday to impose the most sweeping immigration
reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for
about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash
with outraged Republicans.

In excerpts ahead of his 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Friday) speech,
Obama rejected Republican critics who say his actions are
tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to
pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama says his immigration plan is lawful

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
planned on Thursday to impose the most sweeping immigration
reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for
about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash
with outraged Republicans.

In excerpts ahead of his 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Friday) speech,
Obama rejected Republican critics who say his actions are
tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to
pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Nov 20, 2014

Democrats back Obama as he readies immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks.

In a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET (0100 GMT), Obama will announce he will use his executive authority to allow these undocumented residents to legally apply for jobs and join American society, but without any guarantee of permanent residency or citizenship.

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.