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Democrats, Republicans closing in on immigration bill deal

Democrats, Republicans closing in on immigration bill deal

A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned […]

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday. Under a proposal that would cut the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the president will offer to apply a […]

Obama’s recent budget outreach: Real or just fluff?

Obama’s recent budget outreach: Real or just fluff?

At a recent gathering of House committee and subcommittee chairmen, Republican lawmakers were asked if they could name the legislative affairs staffer at the White House responsible for staying in contact with their panel. Not a single one could, said Rep. Greg Walden, who heads the House Republicans’ campaign arm. “I shared this story with […]

Obama faces widespread GOP skepticism on budget dealings

Obama faces widespread GOP skepticism on budget dealings

President Barack Obama must work with a deeply skeptical partner as he tries to undo painful spending cuts and set U.S. finances on a more sustainable course: the liberal wing of his own party. While Republicans have dug in their heels against further tax increases, many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have refused to consider cuts […]

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Airline schedules, food inspections, IRS taxpayer assistance and deployments of Navy ships could all be hampered by the government’s automatic spending cuts. But President Barack Obama’s health care law — a program Republicans have spent the last three years trying to kill — will roll out on time, the administration says. Only a small fraction […]

Crisis-weary Americans tune out budget debate

Crisis-weary Americans tune out budget debate

President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn. They know the shtick: Obama raises the alarm, Democrats and Republicans accuse each other of holding a deal hostage, there’s a lot of yelling on cable news, […]

Obama to Hill: Make the right choices on budget problems

Obama to Hill: Make the right choices on budget problems

President Barack Obama, intensifying pressure on congressional Republicans, said Friday that lawmakers still have “the opportunity to make the right decisions” and avert a series of mandatory budget cuts by March 1. Despite little sign of a deal emerging with Republicans, Obama said he does not believe it is inevitable that the $85 billion in […]

House members close to deal on immigration reform

House members close to deal on immigration reform

A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. The group intends to unveil the legislation soon, perhaps […]

Senators reach deal on immigration reform

Senators reach deal on immigration reform

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants […]

House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of U.S. borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount. Legislative language released by the House Rules Committee on Monday said the bill aims “to ensure complete and timely payment of the obligations of […]