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House passes spending bill as showdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives regrouped Friday to approve a must-pass spending bill, but the prospect of a government shutdown loomed as Democrats said it would go nowhere in the Senate. Even in the face of rock-bottom approval ratings, the dispute suggested that lawmakers may not…

GOP spending bill fails in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government past September 30 on Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts. The unexpected outcome was an embarrassment for House Republican leaders who have at times…

House passes labor board bill after Boeing case

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would ban the federal government from ordering an employer to shut down plants or relocate workers, even if labor laws were violated. Approved in a 238-186 vote in the Republican-dominated House, the measure stems from a labor dispute…

Republicans look to snatch NY Democrat stronghold

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in a special US congressional election for a heavily Democratic area of New York City where Republicans are hoping to score an upset and send a message to the White House. The Ninth Congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn opened up in June when…

WATCH LIVE: Obama pushes jobs plan in Cantor’s distict

President Barack Obama was scheduled Friday to deliver remarks on the economy and jobs in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s district at the University of Richmond in Virginia. The speech was expected to begin at 11:40 a.m ET. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Sept. 9, 2011.…

Boehner and Cantor summon Obama to meeting before jobs speech

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday, Congress’ last day of recess, requesting that he meet with Republican leadership prior to his planned jobs speech to Congress Thursday. The letter focuses on Republican-led job efforts and what Boehner…

GOP leader Cantor pulls out of debt limit talks

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) abruptly pulled out of debt limit negotiations Thursday, citing an impasse on taxes, with the deadline to raise the ceiling or begin defaulting just six weeks away. “I believe that we have identified trillions in spending cuts,” Cantor said in a statement,…

Obama to launch campaign-style budget blitz

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama this week takes his 2012 reelection bid cross-country, to the airwaves and to Facebook, pushing a prescription for long-term US fiscal health that includes tax hikes on the richest Americans. Obama, whose audacious 2008 White House bid leaned heavily on social networking sites, will hype…

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