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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.

Mar 21, 2013

Insight: Bipartisan Senate group on path to immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a 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 20, 2013

Trafficking crackdown may be Obama’s best chance on gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Winning a crackdown on gun traffickers may be the best that President Barack Obama can get in his faltering efforts to have Congress pass gun control legislation.

Lawmakers are scaling back the White House’s ambitions for sweeping gun control measures after a planned ban on assault weapons was effectively ruled out in the Senate this week.

Mar 20, 2013

Obama’s gun control plans weaken in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An assault weapons ban sought by President Barack Obama ran into serious trouble on Tuesday when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there was not enough support for it in the Senate.

It was the latest blow to the White House’s gun control plans which are fading as Republicans and even some Democrats baulk at taking on the powerful gun lobby.

Mar 19, 2013

Boehner hails emerging bipartisan House immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican in Congress voiced support on Tuesday for an emerging overhaul of immigration laws, which includes a controversial pathway toward U.S. citizenship.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner said “there are a lot of issues in here that have to be dealt with” but the tentative proposal by a bipartisan group of eight House members “is frankly a pretty responsible solution.”

Mar 15, 2013

Bipartisan immigration reform bill takes shape in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives is close to completing work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, according to congressional aides.

Two of the aides confirmed on Friday that the negotiators were still trying to agree on the issue of how to handle temporary laborers coming into the United States.

Mar 14, 2013

Senators aim to reach bipartisan immigration deal next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight senators aim to cap months of talks next week with a comprehensive deal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, a member of the bipartisan group said on Thursday.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a longtime reform advocate, said once the agreement is done, aides will draw up legislation that could be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April.

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