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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…

Republicans tie Keystone pipeline to tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives will include approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a payroll tax cut bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, raising the political stakes on the issue. The move by House Republicans marked a challenge to President Barack Obama, who has warned he…

Bill targets exports of web censorship tools

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at choking off US exports of technology used for Internet surveillance or censorship was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. “It’s unconscionable that US technology is putting democracy activists at risk,” said Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey who is behind…

House Republicans rally around payroll tax plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives began to fall into line on Thursday behind a bill to extend an expiring payroll tax break after their leaders sweetened the measure with a provision that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. The move to link the popular tax…

House GOP fails to pass balanced budget amendment

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A measure that would amend the Constitution to require the government to balance its books each year fell short in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday. By a vote of 261 to 165, largely along party lines, the bill fell short of the…

Video, renewal of commitment, and a hashtag idea

I’m on GRITtv today, dropping some sarcasm on our anti-choice House of Representatives. GRITtv: Amanda Marcotte: Sexism Boehner’s Top Priority The past couple of weeks have been exhausting, which is, of course, by design from anti-choicers. The idea is clearly to declare total war on women’s rights in hopes of…

Oh, Yes, Blogging!

Sorry I’ve been gone, guys – it’s been a hard past couple of weeks (2L year, a breakup, that night I went out drinking with Bart Stupak and bet him that the House of Representatives would never be so stupid as to effectively ban all private insurers from voluntarily covering…

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