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House approves bipartisan funding resolution for 2011

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved the fiscal 2011 bipartisan deal Thursday by a vote of 260-167. The Senate is poised to pass the measure Thursday and fund the government through September. As GOP leaders feared, Democratic support was necessary to push the measure over the top as 59…

Will conservatives run away from Boehner’s 2011 gov’t funding deal?

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) scrambled Thursday to hold together his coalition before a vote on the 2011 government funding bill, as conservatives balked at the revelation that the bipartisan deal would reduce this year’s deficit by $352 million, rather than the $38 billion that leaders advertised. After…

Sen. Kyl incorrectly claims ‘well over 90%’ of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions

Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) made a startling misstatement on the Senate floor Friday, amid a heated debate on funding women’s health services — a key sticking point for Republicans and Democrats struggling to pass a budget that would keep the federal government from shutting down. “You don’t have to go…

Budget negotiations break down over Planned Parenthood funding: aide

WASHINGTON – A late-night meeting in the White House between key budget negotiators failed to produce an accord, and it appears that the government may shut down Friday night over disagreements over funding for Planned Parenthood. “We’ve agreed on the amount of cuts, we’ve agreed on the EPA,” A Democratic…

Transplant funding restored in AZ

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona has restored funding for some organ transplants that the state cut last year in a controversial move to help close a yawning budget deficit. Under a new budget signed by Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer late on Wednesday, the state will again provide coverage for pancreas,…

Hundreds protest bid to gut Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – A mother battling breast cancer, celebrities and lawmakers joined a rally in Washington Thursday to plead with US lawmakers not to cut funding for women’s reproductive health programs from the 2011 budget. “Over the past few years I’ve been battling stage three breast cancer, but this is not…

House passes GOP one-week stopgap bill, Obama threatens veto

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a GOP-offered one-week stopgap measure just before it passed the Republican-led House 247-181 with less than 36 hours before government funding would run out. “This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a…

Top 6 initiatives House Republicans prioritized over job creation

WASHINGTON – Republicans won dramatic victories last November by promising to mitigate high unemployment. “This coming election is about one issue: jobs,” to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said weeks before election day. “It’s about jobs that were promised to the American people by the current administration, and were never delivered.”…

Pence: Defunding Planned Parenthood more important than aid to poor women and children

WASHINGTON – Republican-led efforts to defund Planned Parenthood over its abortion services are complicated by an awkward fact: The bill’s chief sponsor admits that Title X funding provides “important” aid to poor women and children. Yet Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) pushed through a measure in the House to cut off…

House panel votes to defund NPR after emergency GOP hearing

WASHINGTON – The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted 6-5 to defund National Public Radio after an emergency hearing called by Republicans, sending the measure to the floor for debate Thursday. The committee examined and approved H.R. 1070, a bill designed “to prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio,” the…

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