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Republican-led House ‘disapproves’ debt hike

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives Wednesday passed a largely symbolic measure condemning a hike in the US debt ceiling as political battles over government finances resumed. By a vote of 239 to 176, the lawmakers passed the resolution expressing disapproval of the increase in the US borrowing authority,…

House to take up Stop Online Piracy Act in February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will resume work next month on a controversial bill aimed at stopping online piracy of movies, music and other content, a leading lawmaker said on Tuesday. The anti-piracy legislation has been a top priority for entertainment companies, publishers, pharmaceutical firms and others, who…

Obama asks Congress for debt limit increase

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress to raise the government’s debt ceiling a further $1.2 trillion dollars to $16.4 trillion. Obama’s move was largely a formality as it was expected under a deal reached with Republicans which ended a political showdown last year that had threatened…

Pelosi: Obama ‘should run against this do-nothing Congress’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday advised President Barack Obama to make his re-election campaign a referendum on how little Republicans have accomplished since taking control of the House of Representatives. Last week, Obama responded to Republicans who had criticized him for appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard…

Boehner’s office cuts C-SPAN video again as House Dems protest

For the second time in recent weeks, C-SPAN’s video on Friday morning cut away from high drama in the U.S. Congress as Democrats demanded to be heard, only to see their session immediately shut down by Republicans. In another so-called “pro forma” session, or a session of Congress staged merely…

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: House Republicans stole your Christmas

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted House Republicans on Tuesday as they planned to kill the Senate compromise bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. If the payroll tax cut and employment insurance is not extended, 160 million Americans will see their taxes go up by $1000 in…

Obama’s new problem: House to block payroll tax holiday extension

US President Barack Obama faced a new political battle Monday after the top Republican in the House of Representatives rejected a two-month payroll tax cut extension already approved by the Senate. The US Senate passed a two-month payroll tax holiday extension on Saturday, guaranteeing fresh partisan bickering in the 2012…

Caved again? Two-month payroll tax cut in exchange for quick pipeline decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on Friday agreed to extend a payroll tax cut for two months after Democrats bowed to Republican demands to expedite approval of a controversial oil pipeline. The deal, which still would have to be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives, fell far short…

Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers clinched a deal to avoid a government shutdown that could have further undermined public confidence in American leaders, congressional sources said. Negotiators from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-dominated Senate agreed to allow a vote by Friday on a $1 trillion bill that would…

Republicans push $915 billion spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans introduced a $915 billion spending bill in the House of Representatives early on Thursday in an attempt to force Democrats to finalize legislation that would keep the U.S. government operating beyond the weekend. Only two days are left until a temporary funding measure expires and the…

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