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Apr 25, 2013

Senate foe of Obama’s gun-control bid may face voter backlash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire faces a possible voter backlash along with critical ads from gun control advocates following her vote against President Barack Obama’s bid to curb gun violence.

According to a survey by Public Policy Polling released Wednesday, Ayotte’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, down 15 points since October when the organization last conducted a poll on her. The poll of 933 New Hampshire voters, from April 19 to April 21, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

Apr 25, 2013

Key U.S. lawmakers hopeful bipartisan immigration bill will pass

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two authors of a bipartisan bill to revamp immigration laws said on Thursday they are hopeful most Senate Democrats and Republicans will support their White House-backed measure.

“It is very doable,” Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said of the prospects of attracting wide bipartisan backing. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York agreed.

Apr 23, 2013

Senate Democrat Baucus to retire, may focus on tax revamp

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – Max Baucus, the powerful
Democratic chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, said
on Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year, improving
Republican chances of capturing his seat and giving him a freer
hand to revamp the tax code.

First elected to the Senate in 1978, Baucus, 71, will become
the eighth senator – six Democrats and two Republicans – to
announce plans to retire at the end of next year.

Apr 23, 2013

Top Democrat Baucus, head of finance panel, to retire: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Max Baucus, the powerful Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said on Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year, improving Republican chances of capturing his seat and giving him a freer hand to revamp the tax code.

First elected to the Senate in 1978, Baucus, 71, will become the eighth senator – six Democrats and two Republicans – to announce plans to retire at the end of next year.

Apr 9, 2013

Two senators key to Obama’s push for broader checks of gun buyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fate of one of President Barack Obama’s key gun-control proposals appeared on Monday night to be in the hands of two senators: one Democrat, the other Republican, both of them longtime opponents of restrictions on guns.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are seeking a compromise on expanding background checks for prospective gun buyers. The proposal appears to be Obama’s best hope for meaningful gun-control legislation in the wake of the December massacre of 20 children and six adults at a school in Connecticut, where the president spoke Monday evening to a crowd that included some victims’ families.

Mar 31, 2013

Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With U.S. business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said on Sunday.

The lawmakers said that while there was no final deal yet, they hope and even expect there to be one soon after the measure is put into legislative language so all eight senators in the bipartisan group can review it.

Mar 31, 2013

U.S. Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform-lawmakers

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – With U.S. business and
labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has
resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the U.S.
immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress
reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said on
Sunday.

The lawmakers said that while there was no final deal yet,
they hope and even expect there to be one soon after the measure
is put into legislative language so all eight senators in the
bipartisan group can review it.

Mar 21, 2013

Effective gun bill must include expanded checks: Senate leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday that to be effective any gun-control bill that passes his chamber must include universal background checks, an embattled centerpiece of the White House’s bid to curb gun violence.

Reid voiced hope that an elusive bipartisan deal can soon be reached to require virtually all firearm purchasers to be screened for criminal records and possible mental health problems.

Mar 21, 2013

Insight – Bipartisan U.S. Senate group on path to immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a U.S. Congress riven by partisan conflict on deficits and guns, a circle of eight senators from both parties meeting several times a week might be on the cusp of a major legislative breakthrough.

The so-called Gang of Eight – four Democrats and four Republicans – is completing a plan for the biggest overhaul of immigration laws since 1986. The group is not only holding together after four months of intense discussions – an accomplishment in itself in Washington’s brutally partisan atmosphere – it is down to the last sticking points, according to the senators and aides.

Mar 21, 2013

Bipartisan U.S. Senate group on path to immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a U.S. Congress riven by partisan conflict on deficits and guns, a circle of eight senators from both parties meeting several times a week might be on the cusp of a major legislative breakthrough.

The so-called Gang of Eight – four Democrats and four Republicans – is completing a plan for the biggest overhaul of immigration laws since 1986. The group is not only holding together after four months of intense discussions – an accomplishment in itself in Washington’s brutally partisan atmosphere – it is down to the last sticking points, according to the senators and aides.

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