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Mar 31, 2014

Tax-reform advocate Camp won’t seek re-election to U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Dave Camp, who tried and failed this year as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to initiate an overhaul of the U.S. tax code, said on Monday he would not seek re-election in November.

“This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family,” the 12-term, 60-year-old Michigan Republican said in a statement issued by the committee.

Mar 28, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rogers to retire, host U.S. radio show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and an outspoken defender of U.S. surveillance programs, said on Friday he would leave Congress after this year to host a talk radio show for Cumulus Media Inc.

“I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after,” the Michigan Republican said in a statement. Rogers plans to start his Cumulus show in January, the Detroit News reported.

Mar 26, 2014

Congress to act swiftly on bill on doctor pay: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he expected Congress to act swiftly on legislation to avert looming Medicare pay cuts for doctors after he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, agreed to the proposal.

The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on the legislation delaying the cuts for another year, Boehner said, adding he expected the Senate would follow “pretty quickly.”

Mar 16, 2014

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives.

Mar 13, 2014

Deal reached in Senate to renew jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan deal to renew long-term jobless benefits for more than 2 million Americans was reached on Thursday by a group of 10 U.S. senators, five Democrats and five Republicans.

The measure would extend benefits by five months, dating back to December when the relief began to expire for those who have been out of work for six months or more.

Mar 13, 2014

Congress limits increases in cost of federal flood insurance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan bill to protect millions of Americans from potentially unaffordable increases in the cost of federal flood insurance won final U.S. congressional approval on Thursday.

On a vote of 72-22, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, earlier approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Mar 12, 2014

New bipartisan breeze in U.S. Senate, but will it last?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The normally divided U.S. Senate moved forward on Wednesday with a new, bipartisan agreement designed to ease partisan gridlock.

If lawmakers succeed under the accord in coming days to pass a bill to upgrade a federal child-care program, it could serve as a model to approve other legislation. But it’s unlikely to lead to any sudden deals on stalled major legislation.

Mar 10, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats pulling all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – More than two dozen U.S.
Senate Democrats joined forces to speak through the night on
Monday, hoping to “wake up” Congress to what they call the
threat of climate change.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was slated to kick off
the marathon gabfest at about 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) on Monday,
with the final address expected to end about 15 hours later, at
9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Tuesday.

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. House votes to delay Obamacare penalty for non-enrollment

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S.
House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one
year the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Barack
Obama’s healthcare law if they decline to enroll in health
coverage.

The vote, part of a Republican election-year attack strategy
against the 2010 healthcare law known as Obamacare, marked the
50th time House Republicans had passed legislation to try to
repeal or dismantle it.

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. House votes to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one year the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they decline to enroll in health coverage for this year.

The measure passed by a vote of 250-160, with 27 Democrats joining with 223 Republicans to back the legislation. But the bill is expected to go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate and would face a White House veto even if it succeeded.

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      "Thomas Ferraro joined Reuters in 1998; he has helped cover a number of presidential campaigns and is a veteran of Capitol Hill where he has seen Democratic and Republican majorities rise and fall. He has also covered a number of Supreme Court confirmation battles, including those of four nominees now on the highest U.S. court."
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