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Obama’s State of the Union address to outline ambitious second-term agenda

Barack Obama plans to use his state of the union speech on Tuesday to kickstart an ambitious second term-agenda with commitments to immigration reform, gun control, cuts in nuclear weapons stockpiles and, above all, the economic recovery that eluded him over the past four years. The speech presents Obama with…

Connecticut death penalty repeal passes hurdle

Connecticut’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to ban the death penalty that was passed by the state Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. The proposed law — which passed by an 86-62 vote late Wednesday — would replace the death…

Allen West suggests 80 House Dems are Communist Party members

Tea party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Tuesday warned that as many as 80 Democratic lawmakers are members of the Communist Party. Speaking to about 100 supporters and 15 protesters in Jensen Beach, the freshman congressman refused to name names after saying that that he had “heard” that 80…

Rep. Baldwin calls for House to vote on ‘Buffett Rule’ tax for millionaires

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on Monday urged leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring her legislation to the floor to enact the so-called Buffett Rule. “As tax day quickly approaches, middle class Americans deserve to know that our tax system has not been rigged against them,” she said.…

GOP cuts off Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing hoodie on House floor

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives shut down a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus after he donned a hooded sweatshirt in honor of a Florida teen who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch leader. During his morning remarks on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) observed…

House votes to repeal part of Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a key measure of US President Barack Obama’s health care reform, a symbolic move on the historic law’s second anniversary. The bill, adopted by lawmakers 223-181, including seven Democrats, would scrap a 15-member panel established to control costs for…

Minnesota House approves voter ID amendment

Minnesota’s House of Representatives has approved a controversial measure to put a referendum on voter photo IDs on the November ballot. After nine hours of debate, the bill was passed along party lines at 2:14 a.m. on Wednesday morning by a vote of 72-62, according to the Star Tribune. If…

Senate passes major transport bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday passed a $109-billion highway bill that serves as a roadmap for boosting safety and improving infrastructure and freight transport on America’s roads. The sweeping legislation passed 74-22 with broad bipartisan support following weeks of wrangling in the Senate, and now heads to the…

Anti-abortion initiatives inch forward in southern U.S.

Initiatives by social conservatives to limit abortion inched forward in three southern US states this week, contributing to one of the most emotionally-charged debates in US politics. In Florida, the House of Representatives voted 78-33 in favor of imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion and requiring…

Republicans propose not paying for payroll tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress on Monday proposed extending a tax cut for 160 million workers through the rest of the year without offsetting the cost with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. As first reported by Reuters, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives issued a statement saying…

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