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White House hits back at Republicans on immigration 'trust'

The White House Friday hit back at Republican claims that a long delayed overhaul of America's immigration system is stalled because President Barack Obama cannot be trusted to carry it out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday poured cold water on hopes that an immigration bill could finally pass this year, saying that his restive conservative caucus did not have confidence the president would implement any legislation.

GOP Speaker Boehner: 'We're not going to default' on debt

WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner promises that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap. The Ohio Republican said Thursday "we're not going to default on our debt" and he held open the possibility that the House could consider a debt limit increase that's "clean" of any GOP add-ons.

Keystone XL as price for a U.S. debt extension? Republicans appear to back away

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republicans have apparently considered — and rejected — the idea of using a high-stakes fiscal showdown to force the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. There had been reports that Republicans in Congress contemplated demanding approval for the pipeline in exchange for their votes to raise the U.S. debt ceiling in the coming weeks — but that they couldn't agree on it, or any other, debt strategy.

U.S. House Speaker Boehner expresses doubts over immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday joined other leading Republicans in expressing doubts that immigration reforms could be passed this year and put the blame on President Barack Obama. "I've never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.

Hopes for immigration dim as House speaker says it will be difficult to pass this year

WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner on Thursday all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before this fall's elections, saying it would be difficult for the Republican-led House to act on the issue that President Barack Obama has made a top domestic priority.

Boehner: No immigration reform until Obama rebuilds trust

House Speaker John Boehner Thursday threw cold water on the prospects of near-term immigration reform, saying President Barack Obama needed to rebuild "trust" before there is movement on the issue. "I have never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year," the top Republican in Congress told reporters one week after unveiling a set of immigration reform principles aimed at legalizing the millions of people living in the shadows in the United States.

Boehner: no decision on provisions of debt ceiling legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday there was no decision yet among his fellow Republicans on whether to add any conditions to raising the U.S. debt ceiling but he repeated there would be no default. He added a debt limit hike bill had to be passed by late February.

GOP conservatives adamant in ruling out immigration overhaul in 2014, say wait till next year

WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate. House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles last week that gave hope to advocates and the Obama administration that the first changes in the nation's laws in three decades might happen in the coming months. Immigration legislation is one of the top priorities for Obama's second term.

Boehner: House Republicans want to tackle debt drivers as part of deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congressional Republicans are aiming for deficit-reduction steps as part of any deal to raise the nation's debt limit but have not decided on a strategy yet, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday. Boehner also said House Republicans need to tackle jobs and the overall economy as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Boehner: House Republicans want to tackle debt drivers as part of deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans are aiming for deficit-reduction steps as part of any deal to raise the nation's debt limit but have not decided on a strategy yet, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday. Boehner also said House Republicans need to tackle jobs and the overall economy as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling.
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