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House approves bipartisan funding resolution for 2011

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved the fiscal 2011 bipartisan deal Thursday by a vote of 260-167. The Senate is poised to pass the measure Thursday and fund the government through September. As GOP leaders feared, Democratic support was necessary to push the measure over the top as 59…

Will conservatives run away from Boehner’s 2011 gov’t funding deal?

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) scrambled Thursday to hold together his coalition before a vote on the 2011 government funding bill, as conservatives balked at the revelation that the bipartisan deal would reduce this year’s deficit by $352 million, rather than the $38 billion that leaders advertised. After…

Bickering intensifies as stances harden just hours before a government shutdown

WASHINGTON – The two key budget negotiators affirmed that a deal still had not been struck late Friday morning, as the bitter sparring between Senate Democrats and House Republicans escalated less than 14 hours before a shutdown. “When will the White House, when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting…

Wisconsin GOP senator boasts: We have broken the power of unions

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald bragged that Republicans had busted government employee unions “once and for all” in a fundraising letter sent to his supporters. In contrast to his earlier rhetoric, which focused on the need to curb public employees union rights to balance the state budget, Fitzgerald said…

Budget sparring intensifies as both parties brace for government shutdown

WASHINGTON – Reinvigorated partisan bickering over broken-down budget negotiations Monday suggested that Democratic and Republican leaders are bracing for the prospect of a government shutdown, which would occur if the two sides fail to reach a deal by the April 8 deadline. In dueling statements, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…

US Senate to hold hearing on Muslim rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US Senate committee said Tuesday it will hold a hearing next week on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims, two weeks after another panel hotly debated the threat posed by homegrown Islamists. The US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights…

Missing WI Dem: Republicans may strip union rights without us

All 14 Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate staged an exodus from their state Thursday to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill, which strips the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Part of the purpose was to ensure that Republicans fail to garner the requisite support for the proposal. There…

House votes to repeal health law

UPDATE: The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the health reform law enacted by Congress last year, a largely symbolic move unlikely to be repeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate. The New York Times reported that the House voted 245 to 189 to repeal the law. In a surprising…

Health reforms ‘need to be cuddled,’ fmr. GOP Senate leader declares

House Republicans are moving forward with their plan to vote on repealing health care reform but a Republican former Senate Majority Leader says they should give up on the idea. “It is not the bill that [Republicans] would have written,” Former Sen. Bill Frist said at a press conference Tuesday.…

Dems make last-ditch attempt at passing ‘don’t ask’ repeal

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to schedule a vote to end the Pentagon’s ban on gays serving openly in the military before the start of the new Congress in January. “During the work period following the Thanksgiving holidays, I will bring the Defense Authorization bill to the…

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