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Nov 14, 2013

U.S. business leader remains confident Boehner will seek immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the biggest U.S. business group, a traditional ally of Republicans, said on Thursday that he remains confident that the top Republican in Congress will push to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said he is not worried about House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to negotiate with the Senate on its sweeping bipartisan bill.

Nov 13, 2013

Senate Republicans block another Obama judicial nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a third nominee by President Barack Obama to the same federal appeals court, prompting a renewed warning by Democrats of a possible rules change to end such procedural roadblocks.

“I think we are at the point where there will have to be a rules change,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.

Nov 13, 2013

With a nudge from Bill Clinton, Democrats seek to tweak health law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The growing pressure on President Barack Obama to adjust his problem-plagued healthcare law seemed to boil over on Tuesday, as leaders of Obama’s Democratic Party called on him to allow a change in the law so that Americans who are happy with their health plans could keep them.

In what became the clearest sign yet of Democrats’ increasing anxiety over the troubled rollout of the healthcare law, former President Bill Clinton told the web magazine Ozymandias that Obama should support such a change to fulfill a promise he and his administration have made to Americans for years.

Nov 7, 2013

U.S. Senate passes bill to ban discrimination against gay workers

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S.
Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public
support of gay rights, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to
outlaw discrimination against gay workers.

But the measure, which cleared the Senate 64-32, with 10
Republicans joining 52 Democrats and two independents in voting
“yes,” faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of
Representatives.

Nov 6, 2013

U.S. Republican Senator Paul making changes to avoid charges of plagiarism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seeking to stop accusations of plagiarism, Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite and potential 2016 White House contender, said on Tuesday that he and his staff have begun to more thoroughly check and footnote what they write.

A senior adviser, Doug Stafford, added that Paul had implemented “a new approval process” to “ensure proper citation and accountability in all collaborative works,” such as speeches and op-eds.

Nov 5, 2013

Gay-rights bill clears Senate Republican hurdle, House speaker opposes measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to ban workplace discrimination against gays narrowly cleared a Republican procedural roadblock in the Senate on Monday, just hours after the top Republican in Congress declared his opposition.

On a vote of 61-30, one more than the needed 60, the Democratic-led Senate agreed to begin consideration of the bipartisan bill, with passage likely by the end of this week.

Nov 4, 2013

Boehner opposes landmark U.S. gay-rights bill, dimming its chances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Monday opposed a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, dimming the chances of the White House-backed measure becoming law.

“The speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

Oct 31, 2013

Senate Republicans block key Obama court nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to a key federal appeals court, charging that he was trying to “pack the court” to win favorable rulings.

On a nearly party-line vote of 55-38, five short of the needed 60, Obama’s Democrats failed to end a Republican procedural roadblock against Patricia Millett, a Harvard-trained lawyer who worked for both Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush.

Oct 31, 2013

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker sworn in as U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats welcomed a new colleague to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, newly elected Cory Booker, and the additional vote Booker gives them in the Senate.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Booker, 44, elected this month as the first black senator from New Jersey. He resigned this week as mayor of Newark, the state’s largest city.

Oct 29, 2013

Senate confirms Obama labor board nominee

By Thomas Ferraro and Kevin Drawbaugh

(Reuters) – A divided Senate on Tuesday confirmed a former union lawyer picked by President Barack Obama to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board.

With Obama’s Democrats rejecting Republican fears that Richard Griffin would bring an unfair labor bias to the board, the Senate approved him as the NLRB’s general counsel on a mostly party-line vote of 55-44.

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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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