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Obama wants jobs bill vote this month

US President Barack Obama on Monday piled new pressure on Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs bill, saying he wanted Congress to vote on the measure this month. The president said in a cabinet meeting that it was time for lawmakers to act on the plan, a mix of…

Disaster relief funds hit partisan wall in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With aid to disaster victims running out, Congress on Friday ratcheted up a high-stakes confrontation over spending that once again threatens the government’s ability to function smoothly. By a vote of 59 to 36, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a broad spending bill that had passed the Republican-controlled House…

House passes spending bill as showdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives regrouped Friday to approve a must-pass spending bill, but the prospect of a government shutdown loomed as Democrats said it would go nowhere in the Senate. Even in the face of rock-bottom approval ratings, the dispute suggested that lawmakers may not…

Obama uses decaying bridge to slam Republicans

CINCINNATI, Ohio — US President Barack Obama on Thursday used a decaying bridge between the states of his top two political foes to step up his push for his economic rescue plan. Obama traveled to Cincinnati in the key 2012 swing state of Ohio, to renew his demands that a…

Obama: Rich must pay fair share of deficit cuts

An impassioned President Barack Obama set up an acerbic and personal clash with Republicans Monday, demanding $1.5 trillion in new taxes on the rich in a plan aimed at slashing the deficit. “This is not class warfare, it is math,” Obama declared, arguing that without tax increases on those who…

Boehner: ‘Hell, no! I’m not having any fun’

Following a Thursday speech unveiling his plan to “liberate” the economy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was asked if he enjoyed his job. “Hell, no!” he exclaimed. “I’m not having any fun.” “But I am glad I’m there… I wanted to be Speaker because I wanted to lead an effort…

Republicans close ranks against Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top Republican foes in the US Congress closed ranks Tuesday to assail his $447 billion jobs plan, as startling new figures painted a bleak picture of US economic woes. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said his party has no greater goal that…

Obama to send jobs bill to Congress

US President Barack Obama will ratchet up pressure on Republicans on Monday by sending his $447 billion American Jobs Act to Congress and calling on lawmakers to pass it, a White House official said. Obama will hold an event in the Rose Garden of the White House including people who…

House passes resolution to ‘never forget’ 9/11

The House of Representatives Thursday passed a resolution commemorating the decennial of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The five-page resolution was introduced by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and in it the House vows to “never forget” the attacks. “Whereas thousands of families have lost loved ones…

Boehner and Cantor summon Obama to meeting before jobs speech

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday, Congress’ last day of recess, requesting that he meet with Republican leadership prior to his planned jobs speech to Congress Thursday. The letter focuses on Republican-led job efforts and what Boehner…

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