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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

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.

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.