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Jun 28, 2013

Senate passes sweeping immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32, with 14 of the Senate’s 46 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents in support of the bill.

Jun 26, 2013

Senate backs border amendment to immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About $46 billion in border security was added on Wednesday to a comprehensive immigration bill headed toward bipartisan passage in the U.S. Senate, but Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced strong opposition.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to approve the White House-backed bill on Thursday or Friday and send it to the House, which likely will not even bring it up for a vote, largely because of resistance to a proposed pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Jun 25, 2013

Obama, Democrats vow to act on voter rights after ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress on Tuesday promised to act swiftly to restore protections for the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities after the Supreme Court struck down a core provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

It was unclear whether Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, would provide the support needed for any legislative effort to offset the high-court ruling, which was denounced by critics as a setback for civil rights.

Jun 23, 2013

Key Democrat sees pressure on House to permit U.S. immigration vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington may again be the site of massive civil-rights rallies, this time pressuring the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives to approve a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, a key Democrat said on Sunday.

With the Senate set to approve its White House-backed bill this week, Senator Charles Schumer, an author of a bipartisan bill that would allow about 11 million immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, said he expects House Speaker John Boehner will soon have “no choice,” but to let pass a Democratic-backed immigration bill.

Jun 23, 2013

U.S. lawmakers slam Russia for abetting Snowden flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Sunday said former national security contractor Edward Snowden’s reported flight to Russia with a plan to flee onward to Cuba or Venezuela undermined his whistle blower claims and they slammed Moscow for helping a fugitive.

An aircraft thought to be carrying Snowden landed in Moscow on Sunday after Hong Kong let the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor leave the territory, despite Washington’s efforts to extradite him to face espionage charges.

Jun 21, 2013

Senate sets Monday vote in key test for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark immigration bill appears headed toward passage next week in the U.S. Senate, where a test vote is set for Monday on a border-security deal designed to bolster Republican support.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to pass the White House-backed bill and send it to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it faces more resistance, especially over a provision that would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Jun 20, 2013

Senate immigration deal would double number of U.S. border agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A flood of new federal agents and high-tech surveillance devices would be dispatched to the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico under a deal aimed at winning passage of an immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, congressional sources said on Thursday.

The proposal, which could be formally offered as an amendment to the sprawling immigration bill as early as Thursday, would double the overall number of U.S. border patrol agents, according to senior Senate Democratic aides.

Jun 19, 2013

Backers of immigration reform embrace upbeat economic assessment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Backers of a landmark immigration bill voiced confidence on Wednesday that it will pass the U.S. Senate as early as next week, propelled by new evidence that the sweeping legislation would boost the economy and help narrow the government’s budget deficit.

The economic projection, released on Tuesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, is “a big game-changer,” New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, a member of the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight” that wrote the bill, told Reuters.

Jun 19, 2013

Senate immigration bill to aid economy, budget office says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House-backed bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system got a boost on Tuesday when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that the measure would cut federal budget deficits and boost the U.S. economy.

The CBO analysis came as the Senate fended off amendments by the bill’s opponents that would have delayed for an unspecified amount of time provisions to legalize up to 11 million undocumented immigrants and allow them to gain citizenship within 13 years.

Jun 18, 2013

Gaps widen between House, Senate on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Work intensified on Tuesday to revamp the U.S. immigration system, but gaps widened between the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House of Representatives over what proposed changes should become law.

The net effect was to raise further doubts about the prospects for both houses approving a comprehensive measure that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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