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US lawmakers split over IMF reforms in Ukraine aid plan

Long-stalled IMF reforms will be included in the Ukraine aid package that a US Senate panel votes on Wednesday, but lawmakers remain split over whether the financing upgrades are needed. Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez laid out the framework of the aid that will be considered at 1830 GMT.

Republican wins Congress seat in 2014 'Obamacare' test

Republican David Jolly won a special congressional election in Florida, in an important early test of President Barack Obama's health care reforms as lawmakers gear up for November's mid-term elections. "We had a big win last night in Florida," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Wednesday, crediting the outcome to his party's focus on job creation as well as opposition to the health care law known as "Obamacare." Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a race to replace Republican Bill Young, who died in October after four decades in office.

Immigrants ask Boehner to show "courage" in approving reform

Washington, Mar 11 (EFEUSA).- A group of about 80 immigrants and pro-immigration activists on Tuesday asked the Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner to show "courage" in approving immigration reform when they delivered to his congressional office some cardboard medallions on which that word was written. With this symbolic gesture, organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, or FIRM, the group asked Boehner to change the current immigration system, given that it - they said - separates hundreds of families each day.

US Congress demands Russia withdraw, mulls Ukraine aid

The US Congress on Tuesday demanded Russia immediately withdraw from Ukraine and urged US President Barack Obama to impose punitive economic sanctions on Moscow. The Senate expressed its support for Ukraine by passing strongly worded resolutions, using tough language against Russia and urging it be suspended from the Group of 8 world powers.

California Democrats, eye on election, adopt activist agenda

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Democrats adopted a platform on Sunday calling for an inflation-adjusted minimum wage and an end to solitary confinement in prisons as part of a strongly progressive agenda in a state where the party has gained dominance by moving to the political center.

US House passes Ukraine aid bill

The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved US financial aid to crisis-plagued Ukraine, but the Senate is unlikely to take up the measure until at least next week. The lower chamber of Congress voted 385 to 23 in favor of the loan guarantees, the first tangible congressional response to Russia's incursion into its neighbor and former Soviet satellite.

US lawmakers to vote on Ukraine aid, but sanctions unclear

The US House of Representatives will vote Thursday on authorizing an aid package for Ukraine, but legislating economic sanctions into reality against an over-aggressive Russia is far from settled. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday he wanted to move swiftly, then promptly announced on Twitter he would hold the vote the next day on the proposed $1 billion in loan guarantees to assist crisis-hit Kiev's new government. The White House had previously unveiled the aid plan.

U.S. lawmakers say to vote on Ukraine aid package soon

By David Lawder and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare show of support for President Barack Obama, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday they would work with the White House to address the crisis in Ukraine and vote on legislation offering financial aid soon.

Boehner to seek another term as Speaker

Washington, Mar 3 (EFE).- John Boehner (R-Ohio) will run for reelection as House speaker after the November mid-term elections, saying Monday that he has more support from the GOP caucus than in 2012. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Boehner said he intends to continue as speaker of the House despite ongoing rumors in Washington about his possible retirement several weeks after he bought a home in Florida.

Boehner to seek another term as Speaker

Washington, Mar 3 (EFE).- John Boehner (R-Ohio) will run for reelection as House speaker after the November mid-term elections, saying Monday that he has more support from the GOP caucus than in 2012. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Boehner said he intends to continue as speaker of the House despite ongoing rumors in Washington about his possible retirement several weeks after he bought a home in Florida.
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