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Republicans insist on piecemeal approach to government funding

Republicans will stage piecemeal budget votes over the weekend offering symbolic funding to additional public services, as Republicans and Democrats accused the other of deliberately dragging out the wider government shutdown into a second week. The GOP-dominated House of Representatives will attempt to re-open the National Weather Service, the Federal…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

House votes to repeal Obamacare for 40th time

The House of Representatives, in a 232-185 vote, again attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare” through a bill that would essentially block the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to enforce the individual mandate. This marks the 40th time the House of Representatives has tried to…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

House Republicans vote to ban nonbelievers from serving as military chaplains

In a mostly party-line vote, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure that prohibits the Department of Defense from allowing nonbelievers to serve as chaplains. All but six House Republicans voted for the measure, which was offered as an amendment to the annual defense spending bill. Rep. John…

Light bulb wars roar back into House Of Representatives

Hold on to your seat belts, the light bulb wars have just blown up again. Light bulbs, as you may recall, have become a perennial excuse for certain federal legislators to whip up the conservative base, by railing again new federal energy efficiency…  …

House passes bill to speed construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

US lawmakers agreed to a bill that would speed construction of a Canada-US oil pipeline and circumvent the need for President Barack Obama’s approval for the $5 billion project. By a 241-175 vote, the House of Representatives passed the largely symbolic measure to end regulatory delays on the Keystone XL…

Lawmakers reach deal on ‘pathway to citizenship’ for undocumented immigrants

Republicans appear to reach deal with Hispanic caucus as one activist says ‘that’s like Israelis and Palestinians making peace’ Hopes that America’s 11 million undocumented migrants might be granted a pathway to US citizenship have risen significantly after a bipartisan group of politicians in the House of Representatives reached a…

Senate approves controversial online sales tax

The US Senate passed legislation Monday that would end years of tax-free online buying by allowing states to collect sales tax for Internet purchases from web giants like Amazon and eBay. The Marketplace Fairness Act sailed through the Senate 69-27, but before becoming law it needs to pass the House…

U.S. House votes to avert government shutdown

Congress approved a funding stopgap Thursday to keep the US government operating through September, while the House backed a Republican blueprint that lays out budget austerity for the next decade. The two votes came in rapid-fire succession in the House of Representatives ahead of a two-week congressional holiday recess. The…

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