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Rep. Cohen rails against House GOP leadership over STOCK Act

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) blasted Republicans on the House floor Thursday for watering down and subsequently passing the STOCK Act. “What the public saw today in the House of Representatives was the STOCK Act sold short,” he said. “Unfortunately, what could have been an outstanding bill was changed by the…

House passes bill against congressional insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Thursday a bill to curb insider trading by lawmakers and other government officials, despite objections from both Democrats and Republicans that it was weaker than a version passed by the Senate last week. The House voted 417-2 to pass the…

Indiana state House approves right-to-work bill

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed right-to-work legislation on Wednesday, sending on to Governor Mitch Daniels a controversial measure that could hit organized labor in the pocketbook. Once signed into law by Daniels, who gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech…

House Republicans target Medicare in new budget

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives will put forward a budget plan this year that will seek substantial reforms to health benefits for the elderly and make aggressive strides toward reducing deficits, a senior lawmaker said on Friday. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he wanted…

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…

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