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House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. Obama said at a White House news conference there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," Obama said.

Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. On the one-year anniversary of the Senate bill, Obama went on the attack after a long period of trying to encourage progress in the House.

U.S. lawmakers visit Afghanistan to press case for troops to stay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, is leading a delegation of Republican lawmakers on a trip to Afghanistan to underscore their call for U.S. forces to remain there and also to review the country's presidential election, Boehner's office said on Monday. Boehner and seven other House Republicans met with U.S. troops, the U.S. ambassador and the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan during the two-day visit that began on Sunday.

Republican congressman caught in kiss is asked to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican U.S. congressman from Louisiana who was caught on video kissing a married staffer should resign and is an embarrassment to his state, party and Congress, the state's party chairman said on Thursday. Party chairman Roger Villere urged Representative Vance McAllister to resign in a written statement at about the same time that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that McAllister has "got decisions that he has to make."

Republican and Democratic parties see roles shrink as outside groups dominate key campaigns

WASHINGTON - Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don't answer to any candidate or political party. That can make it hard for voters to know who is responsible for hard-hitting TV ads and other "messaging."

Senate passes insurance extension for longterm jobless

The US Senate voted Monday to restore unemployment benefits for nearly three million Americans, sending the legislation to the House of Representatives, where the emergency aid is opposed by many Republicans. The legislation retroactively restores payments, averaging about $300 per week, for some 2.8 million people from the end of last year, when the benefits to the longterm unemployed were cut off, and extends them five months, until June 1. Six Republicans joined the Democratic majority in voting for the benefits, which lawmakers have jousted over for four months.

Senate passes insurance extension for longterm jobless

The US Senate voted Monday to restore unemployment benefits for nearly three million Americans, sending the legislation to the House of Representatives, where the emergency aid is opposed by many Republicans. The legislation retroactively restores payments, averaging about $300 per week, for some 2.8 million people from the end of last year, when the benefits to the longterm unemployed were cut off, and extends them five months, until June 1. Six Republicans joined the Democratic majority in voting for the benefits, which lawmakers have jousted over for four months.

Senate approves 5-month extension of unemployment benefits

Washington, Apr 7 (EFE).- The U.S. Senate on Monday approved a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for another five months, a move that must now be backed by the House of Representatives if it is to have any chance of becoming law, although passage of the bill in the lower chamber is not at all certain. The final vote in the Senate was 59-38 in favor of the bill with several Republican senators lending their support, a situation that will presumably exert pressure on Republican House Speaker John Boehner to ensure the measure succeeds there.

Senate votes to extend jobless benefits; faces divided House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed a bill on Monday to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months. President Barack Obama quickly responded by urging the Republican-led House of Representatives to give the measure final approval so he can sign it into law. "The Senate just took action on a bipartisan bill" to renew unemployment insurance Obama said in a Twitter message. "It's up to the House to follow suit."

Senate clears jobless-benefits bill - but the Republican House is not inclined to accept it

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed "to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans," seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected approval on the legislation.
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