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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.

Mar 5, 2014

Democrats in U.S. Senate block Obama civil rights lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several of President Barack Obama’s Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined Republicans on Wednesday to block his nominee to a top Justice Department job after complaints that the lawyer, Debo Adegbile, had once helped represent a convicted “cop killer.”

Adegbile, a former director at the Legal Defense Fund of the civil rights group NAACP, had been nominated to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

Mar 5, 2014

Flood insurance bill wins U.S. House passage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives, in a rare act of bipartisanship, overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday to protect millions of American homeowners and businesses from dramatic increases in their flood insurance premiums.

On a vote of 306-91, the Republican-led House sent the measure – the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 – to the Democratic-led Senate for likely final approval.

Feb 27, 2014

Republican Cruz puts Clinton odds of White House win at 40 percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Tea Party favorite seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, on Thursday put Democrat Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the White House at 40 percent.

“The media thinks she is unstoppable, but they also thought she was unstoppable in the 2008 Democratic primary,” which Barack Obama won en route to the White House, Cruz said of the former secretary of state and wife of two-term U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Feb 15, 2014

Biden acknowledges U.S. Democratic concerns on trade agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Friday acknowledged concerns by fellow Democrats, including the top two in Congress, about President Barack Obama’s free-trade agenda but defended the U.S. pursuit of a proposed pan-Pacific trade pact.

Biden met behind closed doors with House of Representatives Democrats as they wrapped up a three-day retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, saying he understands the political reality of their misgivings on free trade, according to a senior House Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Feb 14, 2014

Obama seeks to allay Democrats’ fears on Obamacare

, Feb 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
sought on Friday to ease strains with his Democratic allies in
the U.S. Congress, who are fearful they could face election
consequences from the botched rollout of the president’s
signature healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”

Speaking to House of Representatives Democrats during their
three-day retreat, Obama cited an increase in the number of
people signing up for insurance coverage under Obamacare as
evidence that the law’s implementation was going more smoothly
after a troubled start.

Feb 14, 2014

Obama seeks to ease election-year strains with Democrats

, Feb 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama and fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives face
a key question when they meet on Friday, Valentine’s Day: how
much love do they dare show each other before the November
elections.

Obama will address House Democrats on the final day of their
three-day retreat in this waterfront town, which has lawmakers
buzzing about policy and politics and edgy about their Election
Day chances.

Feb 13, 2014

Democrats seek to force Republicans to vote on U.S. minimum wage

CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled plans on Thursday to try to force Republicans to move on President Barack Obama’s stalled bid to raise the federal minimum wage.

Democratic leaders said they would circulate a “discharge petition,” which, if signed by half of the House’s 435 members, would require Republicans to bring the measure up for a vote.

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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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