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Longest serving Republican in Congress Rep. Bill Young dead at 82

Florida congressman Bill Young, the longest serving Republican in the US House of Representatives and an influential voice on defense affairs, died Friday at the age of 82. His death was announced by his family on his congressional web page. The cause of death was given as complications from a…

House to vote on bill to fund government but delay medical device tax

The US House of Representatives will vote on its own bill to end a government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday, just two days before Washington exhausts its borrowing authority. The Republican plan is similar to a measure being worked up in the Senate, which would fund…

Republicans plot unified position on shutdown crisis

The US House of Representatives held a rare Saturday session seeking to avoid a looming government shutdown, as Republican leaders struggled to stake out a position palatable to their divided members. Congress now has just 60 hours to strike a deal that funds government beyond the current fiscal year, which…

House passes GOP budget proposal that slashes taxes for the rich

The US House of Representatives approved on Thursday a contentious Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 that would slash trillions in federal spending, revamp Medicare and reduce taxes for wealthy Americans. The spending plan, unveiled last week by Representative Paul Ryan, is unlikely to become policy, but it frames…

House passes bipartisan small businesses bill

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a jobs bill backed by President Barack Obama that Republican leaders said would help small businesses expand and hire new workers. House speaker John Boehner said the measure, which passed by a vote of 390 to 23, would give a…

House condemns death sentence of Iranian pastor

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Iran for sentencing an Iranian-born Christian pastor to death, in violation, US lawmakers said, of the “universal human right” of religion. By a unanimous vote of 418-0, US lawmakers called in a symbolic resolution for the immediate release of Yusef…

House passes Republican payroll tax cut plan

WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to tie a payroll tax cut extension to the swift approval of the controversial “Keystone XL” US-Canada oil pipeline. US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes used their majority to muscle the bill to passage in…

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