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Feb 26, 2013

In separating gun-control bills, Democrats reveal strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in the Senate have spread his gun-control proposals across four bills in an effort to get at least some of the less controversial measures – such as expanded background checks for gun buyers – passed into law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote as early as Thursday on the bills, which together amount to an acknowledgement by Democrats that a ban on military-style “assault” weapons is unlikely to clear Congress.

Feb 14, 2013

U.S. Senate Democratic leader says Republicans blocking Hagel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans on Thursday of putting the country at risk by trying to delay a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense.

“For the sake of our national security it is time for us to put aside political theater,” Reid said.

Feb 12, 2013

Senate votes to renew, expand Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With strong bipartisan support, the Democratic-led Senate on Tuesday passed a White House-backed bill to expand and renew a landmark 1994 law to combat domestic violence.

On a 78-22 vote – with 23 Republicans joining 53 Democrats and two independents – the Senate sent the measure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to the Republican-led House of Representative for consideration.

Feb 11, 2013

Gun violence victims will attend Obama’s speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in Congress are bringing victims of gun violence to his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, providing faces and voices to the carnage that he wants to curb with new firearms restrictions.

About two dozen victims, including a girl from Newtown, Connecticut – site of the December 14 school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults – will see a divided Congress, uncertain what, if any, new gun laws to pass.

Feb 8, 2013

U.S. Democrats aim tax, spending cuts at rich to avoid ‘meat ax’

Feb 7 (Reuters) – Facing government spending
cuts that could delay air travelers, pare education programs for
the poor and weaken military readiness, Democrats in the U.S.
Congress this week sought to shift the deficit-reduction burden
to the rich.

Without congressional action, about $85 billion in
across-the-board spending cuts are set to begin on March 1. If
allowed to continue, they could slow economic growth this year,
according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Feb 8, 2013

Democrats aim tax, spending cuts at rich to avoid “meat ax”

LEESBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – Facing government spending cuts that could delay air travelers, pare education programs for the poor and weaken military readiness, Democrats in Congress this week sought to shift the deficit-reduction burden to the rich.

Without congressional action, about $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are set to begin on March 1. If allowed to continue, they could slow economic growth this year, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Feb 7, 2013

To some Democrats in Congress, Obama is a new man

LEESBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress have always had some gripes with their president, Barack Obama. He doesn’t call. He doesn’t schmooze. He’s not tough enough with Republicans.

But this year, the complaints, as well as the complainers, are fewer than ever, with some of his old critics confessing that they’re starting to come around.

Feb 7, 2013

House Democrats to unveil gun control package; mirrors Obama’s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the House of Representatives will unveil a proposal on Thursday to combat gun violence, including a bid to ban assault weapons, party sources said.

In addition to outlawing semi-automatic assault weapons and imposing limits on high-capacity ammunition clips, the House Democrat package, like one advanced by Democratic President Barack Obama, would require that all gun buyers be subject to background checks and provide for improvements in mental health services.

Feb 6, 2013

With conciliatory tone, Cantor seeks to rebrand Republican Party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eric Cantor, the often combative second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, sought Tuesday to rebrand himself and his party, voicing hope that they can work with President Barack Obama for the sake of all Americans.

While not wavering from his conservative principles and focus on taming the record U.S. debt, Cantor departed from his usual themes and expressed an eagerness to help the needy in such areas as education, healthcare and immigration.

Feb 5, 2013

Republican leader Cantor seeks to rebrand his unpopular party

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Eric Cantor, the combative
second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives,
launched a major rebranding of his party on Tuesday, saying he
hoped Republicans and President Barack Obama could “set
differences aside” in the interest of helping ordinary
Americans.

While giving no ground on any of the outstanding differences
between House Republicans and Obama in a speech prepared for
delivery to the American Enterprise Institute, the change in
tone from one of the most partisan leaders of the House was
striking.

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