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Senate advances bill to renew expired jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a final Republican procedural hurdle on Wednesday in the Democratic-led Senate. The 61-38 vote set the stage for anticipated Senate passage of the measure on Thursday. But the bipartisan bill seems certain to die once it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.

Senate votes to renew expired jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a final Republican procedural hurdle on Wednesday in the Democratic-led Senate. The 61-38 vote set the stage for anticipated Senate passage of the measure on Thursday. But the bipartisan bill seems certain to die once it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.

US Congress passes Ukraine aid, Russian sanctions bill

Congress easily passed a US aid package for Ukraine on Tuesday that includes sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea, in US lawmakers' first binding response to the crisis. The House of Representatives voted 378 to 34 to approve the bill, which the Senate green-lighted last week, meaning the bill, including $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

More than seven million people signed up for Obamacare: Pelosi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that the Obama administration would announce more than 7 million people had signed up for the healthcare program known as Obamacare. Pelosi, speaking to reporters at the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama, noted that the figures were not yet official. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Senate advances bill to renew jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans. The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives.

In this cold winter, U.S. Congress offers little warmth for snowbirds

WASHINGTON - For any snowbirds who may soon find themselves bumping into the limit for time spent in the U.S., bad news: there's no more escaping this year's Canadian winter. That's because an attempt to increase the maximum stay hasn't concluded in time to provide respite from this interminably icy season. It's been frost-bitten by a process that can be as painful as a Canadian cold snap: the U.S. legislative system.

House backs one-year delay to doctor pay cuts under Medicare

By Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday to avert looming pay cuts for doctors under the government's Medicare health insurance program for older Americans and the disabled. The measure to postpone the cuts was approved in a voice vote after an earlier delay signaled potential trouble mustering support for the bill, which halts the pay cuts for one year.

Senate advances bill to renew expired jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Thursday in the Democratic-led Senate. On a 65-34 vote, the bipartisan measure advanced toward anticipated Senate passage, yet it will likely die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.

House backs one-year delay to doctor pay cuts under Medicare

By Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday to avert looming pay cuts for doctors under the government's Medicare health insurance program for older Americans and the disabled.

US House, Senate pass Ukraine aid, Russia sanctions

The US House and Senate overwhelmingly adopted separate Ukraine aid packages Thursday, including sanctions against Russians, easing a weeks-long impasse on how American lawmakers can help Kiev's new government. Senators were almost unanimous in a voice vote to pass their legislation which offers $1 billion in loan guarantees pledged to Ukraine by President Barack Obama, and punishes Russian officials and others for their role in Moscow's Crimea aggression.
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