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House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he’d act unilaterally, as […]

House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’

House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect. The nonbinding measure hasn’t been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution’s separation of […]

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint. The full impact of the Florida ruling — plus a similar lawsuit pending in North Carolina — won’t be known for some while. For now, at […]

Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose an ally of Speaker John Boehner for the No. 2 job in the chamber, a setback for some conservatives hoping to use a leadership election to boost their influence. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader. […]

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the issue to House Republicans instead, despite mounting evidence they won’t address the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. This week, lawmakers from both parties summarily […]

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil liberties activists. The USA Freedom Act would codify a proposal made in January by President Barack Obama, who said he wanted to end the NSA’s […]

Another setback for immigration reform efforts

Another setback for immigration reform efforts

House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the dysfunctional system. The move came after a Republican congressman from California announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship […]

Dems may stay away from Benghazi show

Dems may stay away from Benghazi show

Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Party leaders will meet with rank-and-file members Friday to decide the next step after Republicans the day before rammed through a resolution creating […]